The Hundred: Tournament has single-handedly changed women's cricket, says Charlotte Edwards

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Charlotte Edwards, a former captain of England's Southern Brave, believes that the Hundred has "singlehandedly changed women’s cricket in this nation".

The tournament attracted 267,000 spectators, which is the largest ever for women's cricket events anywhere in the world.

The previous record was held in 2020 when 136,000 people attended T20 World Cup in Australia.

Edwards stated, "I never imagined it would have such an immediate impact."

Edwards' team was defeated by Oval Invincibles at Lord's on Saturday. The final was played before a 17,116 strong crowd.

Edwards stated, "I had the best seat in house, witnessed the crowds and observed the players' reactions to it all."

"I believe the Hundred has changed women's cricket in this nation." It was a very special experience for all involved."

The BBC and Sky Sports reached a peak viewing of the women's final at 1.4 million, while the BBC and Sky Sports reached a peak viewing of the men's match, which was won 2.4m.

The total ticket sales for the tournament amounted to 510,000. 19% of these tickets were sold for children.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most matches were played as double-headers. The England and Wales Cricket Board intends to keep this format in place for 2022.

Edwards stated that if Edwards had asked him six months ago, he would have likely been on the fence about the double-headers.

"Having seen what we've been through and how it affected us, the double-header format is the best way to go for at least the next three or more years."

The ECB stated that they will address the disparity in pay between men and women's players.

The prize money was equal for both the winners and losers. However, the salaries of women range from 3,600 to 15,000 while those of men start at 24,000.

The tournament took place at the same time that the 50-over domestic competition. There has not been County Championship cricket since 11th July.

Critics have voiced concern at England's lack of red-ball cricket in the lead-up to their Test series with India.

"The whole purpose of growing the base is to protect the things most important to us, and that is county cricket for us," said Tom Harrison, chief executive of the ECB.

"The Hundred's success is due to electrifying content and the stuff people love to watch.

"Test cricket is at the top of all the electrifying content that you see around the globe. The Test format is still the benchmark for how players judge themselves.