‘It's going to be so weird not playing for Manchester’ - Kate Cross reacts on being signed by Northern Superchargers

The third edition of The Hundred will begin on August 1.

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To her massive shock, former Manchester Originals skipper Kate Cross was roped in by Northern Superchargers in Thursday’s The Hundred draft. Notably, the 31-year-old had a verbal agreement with her former franchise, who promised to pick her in the second round of the draft but the Superchargers however didn’t wait for the next round and surprised everyone with their bold move by signing the English international.

Now, since Manchester had already used their first pick to sign South Africa international Laura Wolvaardt, they couldn't use the Right to Match card to bring back Cross. Now, talking about his switch to the Superchargers, the pacer revealed that it will be weird for her not to play for Manchester, especially after being picked by their direct rivals.

“I didn't look at the money at all. I wasn't bothered about that. But I knew I wasn't playing for Manchester, and I'd been picked up by their rivals, the Superchargers, who are based in Yorkshire. For a Lancashire girl, it's quite a big move. It's just such a big thing to get my head around, the fact that I won't be playing in the environment that I've grown up playing in. For a long time, all my cricket has been in one environment, one club, one place."

"And then I'm just over the Pennines! It's going to be weird playing against Manchester; it's going to be so weird not playing for Manchester,” Cross said on No Balls, her BBC podcast along with Alex Hartley.

It's so strange to find out information at the same time as everyone else: Cross

For the first time in three years, The Hundred draft was live on television. Thus, all the players found out about their new team at the exact same time as the rest of the world. Now, this is something that Cross has found difficult to deal with in recent times.

“It's so strange to find out information at the same time as everyone else. Whenever we normally get this information, we find out two weeks before it goes out to the public: selections, all that kind of stuff. It comes out in public and you've dealt with it, you've processed it, whereas we found out when everyone else found out, which is the thing I'm struggling with the most."

"To watch yourself literally get sold live on TV, and for a price that someone values you at… I can't even describe that feeling,” the cricketer added.

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