Kane Williamson mentioned he was actually happy to be staying at Birmingham Phoenix.© AFP
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was one in all a number of abroad stars retained by their franchises on Wednesday, for the inaugural version of English cricket’s The Hundred. Wiliamson will probably be becoming a member of the Birmingham Phoenix, the place he’ll play alongside England all-rounders Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes. “I’m really pleased to be staying at Birmingham Phoenix,” Williamson mentioned. “It’s always been great to play against Moeen and Chris and it’ll be exciting to line up alongside them. You want to test yourself against the best and that’s what The Hundred is all about.”
Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch is about to guide the Northern Superchargers, with compatriot Glenn Maxwell and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell re-committing to the London Spirit and Southern Brave respectively.
Finch, who performed county cricket for Yorkshire in 2014 and 2015, mentioned: “I loved my time as a player at Yorkshire and I’m really looking forward to getting back up there and hopefully putting on a show.”
In the ladies’s competitors, New Zealand’s leg-spinner Amelia Kerr has signed for Southern Brave as a alternative for compatriot Suzie Bates, who has needed to withdraw with a shoulder damage.
Teams may re-sign gamers who had been because of signify 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 will probably be confirmed on February 23, whereas the ladies’s sides will probably be finalised over the approaching months.
One of the important thing 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 grew to become clear the coronavirus pandemic meant followers wouldn’t be allowed into grounds.
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