The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed the names of first 18 gamers to participate in The Hundred, with England batsman Ollie Pope one of many first gamers to maneuver groups.
Pope can be heading to Cardiff to play for Welsh Fireplace, the place he can be joined by England bowler Katie George – considered one of eight girls’s gamers whose determination to roll over their 2020 contract supply has been confirmed.
Whereas lots of the males’s groups have retained the identical Check gamers that had been as a result of play for them this yr earlier than the inaugural yr of the competitors was postponed as a result of Covid-19, two England stars – Pope and Rory Burns – are on the transfer. Burns will cross London to affix Oval Invincibles.
“I am extremely excited to be becoming a member of Welsh Fireplace. The facet had a extremely robust squad lined up and I am certain they’re going to be working laborious to retain a number of the star names and additional strengthen the facet within the upcoming draft,” Pope mentioned.
“We now have all skilled a yr none of us might have predicted however The Hundred guarantees to be a vastly thrilling competitors subsequent yr and I can not wait to participate,” he added.
The primary eight girls’s gamers to have rolled over their contracts have been unveiled, together with six England gamers and two West Indian superstars.
“The Hundred is vastly essential to the continued development of the ladies’s recreation, from each a efficiency and profile perspective. As a participant I’m vastly excited to get to play with and towards a number of the greatest cricketers on this planet, and I am certain the followers will get much more excited as extra names are confirmed over the following few months,” mentioned Katie.
The announcement marks the beginning of a three-month males’s retention window that means till the top of January, the eight males’s groups will have the ability to retain gamers from their authentic 2020 squad for the 2021 season. A males’s draft can be held in early 2021 to pick the remaining gamers.
Sanjay Patel, Managing Director for The Hundred, mentioned, “It is a actually thrilling second for The Hundred to see the place the England males’s take a look at central contract gamers can be enjoying subsequent yr and to announce the primary wave of re-signed gamers for the ladies’s groups.”
“Over the following few months we’ll see world-class gamers and big names from around the globe committing to The Hundred and we won’t wait to launch the competitors in 2021,” he added.
Confirmed gamers for The Hundred:
Birmingham Phoenix – Amy Jones, Dom Sibley and Chris Woakes
London Spirit – Zak Crawley and Deandra Dottin
Manchester Originals – Jos Buttler and Kate Cross
Northern Superchargers – Ben Stokes and Lauren Winfield-Hill
Oval Invincibles – Rory Burns, Sam Curran and Fran Wilson
Southern Courageous – Jofra Archer and Stafanie Taylor
Trent Rockets – Joe Root and Nat Sciver
Welsh Fireplace – Katie George and Ollie Pope