The Hundred: Birmingham Phoenix appoints James Franklin as Assistant Coach

James franklin as assistant coach of Birmingham's men's team

Former New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin has been appointed as Assistant Coach of the Birmingham Phoenix men’s team in the Hundred tournament.

According to the hundred official statement, Andrew McDonald will not travel to England in context to the travel issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Former New Zealand Captain, Daniel Vettori will take the role of Men’s team Interim Head Coach, while McDonald will support the team as a consultant before returning back to his role of men’s team Head Coach in 2022.

Speaking about the same, McDonald said, “It was a really hard decision not to travel over this summer & I am extremely sad that I won’t be there in person to coach the team. I will be doing everything I can to give advice & support to Daniel & the team. And I am already looking forward to playing the role in person next season”.

Daniel Vettori will be supported by two assistant coaches- Alex Gidman & Franklin who have wide experience of playing in England & are currently playing the role of head coaches at Worcestershire & Durham respectively.

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Speaking about his new role as a Head Coach of Birmingham Men’s team, Vettori said, “I feel really honored to be asked to step up & take the reins from Andrew this year. We will continue to communicate regularly & Andrew’s advice will be vital to our success. Our squad is already strong & we want to build a winning team & will hopefully bring the Hundred trophy to Birmingham”.

Meanwhile, five players of the Indian Women’s Cricket team will feature in the inaugural edition of the Hundred Tournament. Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues & Deepti Sharma are the five players who will be seen in action in the hundred tournament.

Shafali Verma will join Birmingham Phoenix Women’s team as a replacement for Sophie Devine. Harmanpreet Kaur will play in the Manchester Originals team. Smriti Mandana who is the vice-captain of India’s T20 team will feature for the Southern Brave team & Jemimah Rodrigues will be seen in action for Northern Superchargers.

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