Kane Williamson mentioned he was actually happy to be staying at Birmingham Phoenix.© AFP
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was one among a number of abroad stars retained by their franchises on Wednesday, for the inaugural version of English cricket’s The Hundred. Wiliamson might be becoming a member of the Birmingham Phoenix, the place he’ll play alongside England all-rounders Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes. “I am actually happy to be staying at Birmingham Phoenix,” Williamson mentioned. “It is at all times been nice to play towards Moeen and Chris and it will be thrilling to line up alongside them. You wish to check your self towards the perfect and that is what The Hundred is all about.”
Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is ready to guide the Northern Superchargers, with compatriot Glenn Maxwell and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell re-committing to the London Spirit and Southern Courageous respectively.
Finch, who performed county cricket for Yorkshire in 2014 and 2015, mentioned: “I liked my time as a participant at Yorkshire and I am actually wanting ahead to getting again up there and hopefully placing on a present.”
Within the ladies’s competitors, New Zealand’s leg-spinner Amelia Kerr has signed for Southern Courageous as a substitute for compatriot Suzie Bates, who has needed to withdraw with a shoulder harm.
Groups may re-sign gamers who had been as a result of characterize them in 2020 in a retention window which closed on Wednesday, with greater than 50 names confirmed.
A top-up draft will happen for the eight males’s groups to fill the gaps of their 15-man squads, which might be confirmed on February 23, whereas the ladies’s sides might be finalised over the approaching months.
One of many key goals of the 100 balls per aspect format is to draw new spectators to cricket so final 12 months’s competitors was postponed when it turned clear the coronavirus pandemic meant followers wouldn’t be allowed into grounds.
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