RAPIDS captain Moeen Ali and talented pace bowler Pat Brown will be among the top England and domestic players to line up for Birmingham Phoenix, one of eight new teams set to compete in The Hundred next summer.
England international Chris Woakes has been selected for the Birmingham Phoenix men’s team with Woakes lining up with fellow World Cup winner Moeen and Brown, who has won his first England T20 call-up on this winter’s tour to New Zealand.
The players were selected in the first stage of The Hundred Men’s Draft, which culminates on October 20.
“It has been really exciting to see how many world-class players and coaches have signed up to take part in The Hundred,” said Birmingham-born Moeen.
“Obviously it’s great I’ll be playing at home with Birmingham Phoenix.
“As a young kid I watched a lot of cricket at Edgbaston so I know how special it is as a ground and it’s nice to think of the number of kids that will come along to watch us.”
Birmingham Phoenix have also revealed their kit, which will feature Butterkist as its official KP Snacks Team Partner.
The women’s team has also picked their first players, with two of the centrally contracted England Women players in the first stage of the Player Selection Process. Playing alongside England international Amy Jones on the women’s team will be England spinner Kirstie Gordon.
The men’s team, based at Edgbaston, will go head-to-head with stars from seven other teams in the competition, including England Test captain Joe Root, who has joined Trent Rockets, and England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan for London Spirit.
England’s star bowler of the summer Jofra Archer will be part of Southern Brave and all-rounder Ben Stokes will feature in Northern Superchargers squad.
The Phoenix women’s team, which will be playing at Blackfinch New Road, will face off against England captain Heather Knight, skipper for London Spirit.
Anya Shrubsole – Knight’s vice-captain for England – will join Danni Wyatt at Southern Brave. Nat Sciver will join Trent Rockets, alongside Katherine Brunt, and Manchester Originals welcome Sophie Ecclestone, the ICC’s Emerging Player of the Year for 2018.
The final stage of the The Hundred Draft is set to provide an historic first for British sport when it is staged on Sunday, October 20.
It will be broadcast live on Sky One and Sky Sports, with extensive coverage across the BBC.
The five-week competition will be played at the height of summer, starting July 2020, featuring eight new city-based teams from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London (Lord’s and the Oval).
Visit www.thehundred.com for more information.