New Zealand’s astounding captain Kane Williamson was one of the several overseas players that were retained by their franchises on Wednesday for the inaugural edition of English Cricket’s Board the Hundred Tournament.
Kane Williamson will be a part of Birmingham Phoenix team where he will play along with England all-rounders Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes. “I’m really pleased to be staying at Birmingham Phoenix,” Williamson said. “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 all set to lead the Northern Superchargers team, with compatriot Glenn Maxwell and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell re-committing to the London Spirit and Southern Brave respectively.
Aaron Finch who played county cricket for Yorkshire in 2014 & 2015 said, “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 women’s Competition, New Zealand’s leg spinner Amelia Kerr has signed for Southern Brave team as a replacement for compatriot Suzie Bates, who had to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.
Teams could resign players who had been due to represent them in 2020 in a retention window which closed on Wednesday with more than 50 names confirmed. A draft will take place for the eight player’s teams to fill the gaps in their 15 player squads which will be confirmed on February 23 while the Women’s teams will be finalized over the coming months. One of the Key aims of the 100 balls per team format is to attract few new spectators to cricket so last year’s competition was postponed as fans would not be allowed into stadiums due to coronavirus pandemic.