The Hundred: South Africa’s dashing batsman Faf du Plessis has been signed by the Northern Superchargers as a replacement for Australia’s limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch, the organisers announced on Friday.
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Multiple overseas cricketers have recently pulled out their names from the inaugural season of the ‘The Hundred’ franchise cricket due to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
The 100-balls a side tournament will see its first season this summer in England. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been on constant work to successfully organise the tournament, which got delayed one year due to the global pandemic.
“It’s a real honour to lead the Northern Superchargers in their first season. Playing alongside the likes of Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and Chris Lynn alongside a number of young talented cricketers will be really exciting. I can’t wait to get going in a few weeks’ time,” de Plessis was quoted as saying on the The Hundred’s website.
Kane Williamson also pulled out the ‘The Hundred’:
The kiwi skipper was signed by Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural season for a contract of a whopping GBP 80,000 (USD 110,000).
“Williamson, New Zealand’s captain, has been managing the injury for the past six months, missing an ODI series against Bangladesh, the start of the IPL and the second Test against England with the same problem,” ESPN Cricinfo reported.
The website further stated that the veteran cricketer will remain with the squad to have a mentoring role and groom the youngsters in the team.
“He is still in the UK following the World Test Championship final and is expected to be involved with the Edgbaston-based team in a mentoring capacity.”
The inaugural season is scheduled to kickstart from July 21 with the Oval Invincibles’s Women and Manchester Originals’s Women take on each other in London.