Every men's and women's squad has been filled. One spot left in each men's squad for the Vitality Wildcard.
A number of new players are confirmed for The Hundred today. It means every men's and women's squad has been filled. Just one spot remains in each men's squad for the Vitality Wildcard, which will be announced later today.
New overseas signings replace players who are no longer able to play in this year's competition due to the challenges of Covid-19. The final 12 domestic women's players have been confirmed, while four domestic men's players have been replaced.
Leading the overseas changes is former South African captain Faf du Plessis, who replaces Aaron Finch as Northern Superchargers skipper. Laura Wolvaardt is in for Alyssa Healy at Superchargers too. South Africa are well represented as Suné Luus (Welsh Fire), Shabnim Ismail (Oval Invincibles) and Imran Tahir (Welsh Fire) join the competition.
New Zealand stars Adam Milne and Finn Allen (Birmingham Phoenix), Colin Munro (Manchester Originals) and Rachel Priest (Trent Rockets) have signed up for this summer. Glenn Phillips will play for Welsh Fire until Kieron Pollard arrives.
Also confirmed today is Mark O'Leary's appointment as Head Coach of Welsh Fire in the Women's Competition. O'Leary is the Western Storm Head Coach and will be supported by Rob Taylor and Andrew Lawson. He replaces Matthew Mott.
Northern Superchargers captain Faf du Plessis said:
"It is a real honour to lead Northern Superchargers in their first season. Playing alongside the likes to Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and Chris Lynn alongside a number of talented young players will be really exciting. I can’t wait to get going in a few weeks time."
Oval Invincibles star Shabnim Ismail said:
"I’m absolutely buzzing to take part in The Hundred. To play in London will be really special, and I know I speak for all my South African teammates when I say we are really looking forward to getting over to the UK and making history in the first year of The Hundred. In particular, I cannot wait to play in the opening fixture of the whole competition on 21 July at The Kia Oval, and maybe bowling the first ever ball in The Hundred."
Sanjay Patel, The Hundred Managing Director, said:
"We know that the ongoing situation with the Covid pandemic and an incredibly busy international schedule has caused significant challenges for a number of international players, but we are delighted with the quality of players who have come in. The Hundred will provide world class entertainment on and off the pitch starting with the opening game, a standalone women’s game, at The Kia Oval on 21 July."
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