All the coaches have been named for the inaugural edition of The Hundred, an eight-team competition spread across five weeks that is set to launch next summer.
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s brainchild has led to some controversy since it was announced a new format, consisting of 100 balls per side with traditional six-ball overs banished, would be introduced into the calendar.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at each city-based franchise.
Rumoured name: Northern Superchargers
Representing: Yorkshire and Durham
Coach: Darren Lehmann
Did you know?: Lehmann is married to the sister of former Yorkshire and England all-rounder Craig White. The brash Australian is one of Yorkshire’s favourite adopted sons, having contributed 8,871 runs at an average of 68.76 for the county.
Rumoured name: Manchester Originals
Venue: Old Trafford
Coach: Simon Katich
Did you know?: Katich – recently appointed to the helm of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League – will be assisted in his duties by current Lancashire head coach Glen Chapple and assistant Mark Chilton.
Rumoured name: Trent Rockets
Venue: Trent Bridge
Representing: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire
Coach: Stephen Fleming
Did you know?: Fleming captained New Zealand to their only ICC trophy – the 2000 ICC KnockOut. As a player, he spent time in England with Yorkshire, Middlesex and Nottinghamshire.
Rumoured name: Birmingham Phoenix
Representing: Warwickshire and Worcestershire
Coach: Andrew McDonald
Did you know?: Former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori will assist McDonald in his role while Jim Troughton and Alex Gidman, the first-team coaches of Warwickshire and Worcestershire respectively, will be part of the backroom team.
Rumoured name: Welsh Fire
Venue: Sophia Gardens
Representing: Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset
Coach: Gary Kirsten
Did you know?: Rumoured as a potential replacement for Trevor Bayliss as England head coach, Kirsten will instead combine his duties in the Welsh capital with coaching the Durban Heat T20 side in his native South Africa.
Rumoured name: London Spirit
Representing: Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire
Coach: Shane Warne
Did you know?: Warne has grand plans to get pop star Ed Sheeran involved with his franchise. The former Australia leg-spinner said: “Ed loves his cricket, he’s a mate and he’ll probably be doing some live concerts for our team.”
Rumoured name: Oval Invincibles
Venue: The Oval
Representing: Surrey and Kent
Coach: Tom Moody
Did you know?: Former Australia all-rounder Moody, a World Cup winner during his playing days, led Sri Lanka to the 2007 showpiece.
Rumoured name: Southern Brave
Venue: Ageas Bowl
Representing: Hampshire and Sussex
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Did you know?: As well as being one of only a handful of batsmen to compile more than 10,000 runs in Tests and one-day internationals during an illustrious playing career for Sri Lanka, Jayawardene has also had the golden touch as a coach, leading the Mumbai Indians to glory in two of the past three editions of the IPL.
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Australia skipper Tim Paine has revealed that he and Peter Siddle played through the fifth and final Ashes Test against England despite carrying injuries.
Paine’s bid to become the first Australia captain since 2001 to win an Ashes series on English soil was thwarted by the hosts who reigned supreme in the final Test at the Oval to level the series at 2-2.
Writing in his column for The Australian, Paine revealed the extent of his and Siddle’s injuries while praising the latter for his commitment to still playing through the pain.
“My thumb was broken towards the end of that Test but it is not displaced, so I should be right to get back into training early,” Paine wrote.
“Peter Siddle tore a hip flexor bowling on the first morning. He has copped a bit of criticism for not bowling as well as he we know he can, but the team knows just how heroic he was.
“A lot of other people wouldn’t have bowled again in the match, but he pushed on because he didn’t want to leave Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to do extra work. He’s a warrior, Sidds, and we love him deeply for that.”
Siddle had come in for criticism for his first innings display at the Oval with the seamer going wicket-less in his 17 overs. The Australian bowler did pick up two wickets in the second innings but that wasn’t enough to prevent a 135-run defeat for the visitors.
While Paine and Australia missed out on a chance to write themselves into the record books, they did manage to retain the historic urn courtesy of their 4-1 triumph Down Under in the 2017 Ashes series.
Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive Kevin Roberts remains hopeful of the Australian men’s team touring Pakistan in 2022 but insists that he will not be rushed into a decision.
Roberts, along with CA head of security Sean Carroll, recently returned from a short trip to Pakistan where they met with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials at Lahore.
It was the first high-level visit of the country by a CA delegation in more than a decade and Roberts has stated that “things are moving in the right direction.”
“The beauty of the timing of this visit, we wanted it to happen well before we were faced with a key decision,” Roberts told Melbourne radio station SEN.
“The purpose was really to understand the landscape, look at the plans they have in place around security and then start expressing our expectations for the safety of our players and our support staff well over two years away from when we’re due to tour.
“So that we’re not dealing with that in a pressure-cooker environment a couple of months before the tour.
“Things are heading in the right direction, but in saying that we were travelling in armoured cars and escorted by police and felt very safe over there. But certainly, that level of security is still required at this point.”
Australia are slated to play two Tests, three ODIs and as many T20s against Pakistan in 2022 with the PCB pushing for the clashes to be held on Pakistan soil. The Aussies have not toured Pakistan since all the way back in 1998 and Roberts remains hopeful that the picture can change in 2022.
“I hope so. I really hope we do for the sake of world cricket and Australia’s important relationship with Pakistan,” he replied when asked if Australia would tour Pakistan again.
“As I said to Pakistan, we share their desire for international cricket to return to their country. But we will never jeopardise the safety of our people and we will keep taking advice from experts on the way.
“We have got the next couple of years to hopefully plan for a tour in 2022 but we have just got to step that out gently, bit by bit, rather than rushing into it.”