England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been snapped up by Northern Superchargers in the opening player picks for next year’s new competition, The Hundred.
Stokes was selected for the Headingley-based team, which represents Yorkshire and Durham, ahead of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, who will play for Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire respectively.
How The Hundred works
- Begins summer 2020. Eight teams across seven cities
- Each side bats for up to 100 balls
- Bowling changes ends after every 10 balls
- Bowlers will deliver either five or 10 consecutive balls but no more than 20 per match
- Each fielding side gets a strategic timeout of up to 150 seconds
- A 25-ball powerplay will start each side’s innings, with only two fielders allowed outside the initial 30-yard circle
Each of the eight teams in the competition was able to pick one England red-ball contracted player and two local icons on Thursday.
Nottinghamshire seamer Stuart Broad was earmarked to play for the Rockets but his place now goes to Root as neither Broad nor James Anderson will compete as players in the new competition.
The pair, who have 281 Test caps between them, will instead act as mentors – Broad for the Rockets and Anderson for the Manchester Originals.
Bairstow will represent Welsh Fire – the team based at Cardiff, as there are currently no red-ball contracted England players playing for Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset.
The women’s competition will run alongside the men’s under the same team names with England Women’s captain Heather Knight representing London Spirit, while PCA Women’s Player of the Summer Sophie Ecclestone will play for Manchester Originals.
World-Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan will represent London Spirit under head coach Shane Warne as one of their two local icon players, who are drawn from the pool of cricketers associated with the catchment area for that team.
Discarded Test opener Jason Roy will join Surrey team-mate Tom Curran at the Oval, while all-rounder Moeen Ali will play for Birmingham Phoenix.
The Hundred team names, kits and badges
Check out the team names, badges and the all-important kit with our handy guide
The rest of the squads will be decided at the first ever player draft in English cricket – an event that you can watch live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7pm on Sunday October 20.
The star-studded event has attracted interest from some of the biggest players on the planet, including West Indies opener Chris Gayle, Australian batsman Steve Smith and Sri Lankan pace ace Lasith Malinga.