The Hundred: A sociological analysis of gender relations and the (semi-) professionalisation of women's cricket in England

Philippa Velija, Thomas Fletcher , Raf Nicholson

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In this article, we adopt a critical sociological perspective to understanding gender relations and cricket, through the lens of The Hundred - a new, short-form tournament, described by the England and Wales Cricket Board as being part of its long-term commitment to making cricket a gender-equal sport. The Hundred is the first sporting tournament in the world which, from the outset, featured fully aligned competitions for both men’s and women’s teams, including equal prize money, but not equal pay, which the recent Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket condemned. Drawing on concepts of professionalisation as a gendered process we discuss data from interviews with 33 people working in cricket to consider how gender relations continue to impact opportunities for women in cricket. This article further supports the need to conceptualise professionalisation in sport as gendered by considering the ways The Hundred facilitates opportunities for men's and women’s cricket differently.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2024


  • Cricket, Equal Pay, Gender, The Hundred, Professionalisation, Women

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