Adam Zampa is part of the Australian squad for the continued Indian tour.© AFP
Australia duo Adam Zampa and Ashleigh Gardner had been amongst a number of males’s and girls’s gamers on Thursday, to decide to the Birmingham Phoenix franchise for subsequent 12 months’s inaugural version of English cricket’s The Hundred. This 12 months’s competitors was postponed when it turned clear the coronavirus pandemic meant followers wouldn’t be allowed into grounds, with one of many key goals of the 100 balls per facet format to draw new spectators to cricket. Zampa had already been signed up by the Phoenix in a televised draft and the leg-spinner is now set to honour that dedication by enjoying for the Phoenix in 2021, with Gardner becoming a member of the franchise girls’s group.
“I’m over the moon to know that I’m staying with Birmingham Phoenix and to help this new team mount a serious challenge in this first year of The Hundred,” Zampa stated in an England and Wales Cricket Board assertion.
“Birmingham is a fantastic city and I’m really looking forward to calling Edgbaston home. Hopefully, we can welcome crowds and our new fans to the ground because, having played against England at Edgbaston, I know that the atmosphere there is awesome.”
Gardner added: “We’ve got the makings of an excellent Birmingham Phoenix squad and I can’t wait to get going in next year’s competition.”
Birmingham-born England all-rounder Moeen Ali is ready to captain the boys’s group in 2021, whereas New Zealand all-rounder Sophie Devine will skipper the ladies’s group.
Meanwhile, the ECB additionally introduced on Thursday that 41 skilled contracts had been awarded to home feminine cricketers throughout eight regional groups, as a part of its $27 million funding into the ladies’s sport.
“The introduction of these 41 professional players, in addition to our 17 centrally contracted England Women’s players is the most significant step forward for the women’s game in recent years,” stated former England captain Clare Connor, the ECB’s managing director of girls’s cricket.
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