The Hundred: Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma join

Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhan


Verma (left) will play for Birmingham Phoenix with fellow India opener Smriti Mandhana joining Southern Brave

Four more India players have signed up for this summer’s women’s Hundred competition.

Shafali Verma, the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 batter, will replace captain Sophie Devine at Birmingham Phoenix.

All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur joins Manchester Originals, opener Smriti Mandhana will link up with Southern Brave and all-rounder Deepti Sharma will play for London Spirit.

Jemimah Rodrigues had already signed with Northern Superchargers.

“It’s so good to finally be able to confirm the involvement of some of the superstars from the India team,” said Beth Barrett-Wild, head of the women’s Hundred.

“They’re a hugely exciting group of players and they’ll bring a lot to the competition.”

Big-hitting Verma, 17, has played in 22 T20 internationals for India, averaging 29.38 at a strike-rate of 148.31.

She replaces New Zealand’s Devine who has withdrawn from the tournament due to logistical…