The Hundred: Team-by-team guides, coach details and venues

The Hundred
The Hundred

Find out all you need to know about The Hundred and each of the eight teams that will compete in next summer's maiden edition of the tournament.

The draft for the inaugural edition of The Hundred has taken place as the eight-team competition prepares for its launch next summer.

England's Test stars were picked in the first stage of the draft process, with 'icon' players from each side's catchment area also chosen, while the team names were finally confirmed.

A total of 570 players then put their names forward to be drafted, including the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner among the 239 foreign stars, but each side could only have three overseas players.

Here's how each side now shapes up while there's details on the competition's controversial format further down.

Leeds

  • Name: Northern Superchargers
  • Venue: Headingley
  • Representing: Yorkshire and Durham
  • Coach: Darren Lehmann
  • England Test Player: Ben Stokes
  • Local Icons: Adil Rashid & David Willey
  • Drafted players (overseas players in bold): Aaron Finch, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Lynn, Adam Lyth, Richard Gleeson, Ben Foakes, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, David Wiese, Nathan Rimmington, Brydon Carse, Ed Barnard, John Simpson

Northern Superchargers had an embarrassment of riches to choose from for their England Test player pick, but opted for Stokes, with Root and Bairstow set to play away from their home ground Headingley.

Manchester

  • Name: Manchester Originals
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Representing: Lancashire
  • Coach: Simon Katich
  • England Test Player: Jos Buttler
  • Local Icons: Saqib Mahmood & Matt Parkinson
  • Drafted players (Overseas in bold): Imran Tahir, Dane Vilas, Phil Salt, Tom Abell, Dan Christian, Mitchell Santner, Joe Clarke, Marchant De Lange, Ed Pollock, Ed Byrom

With James Anderson acting as a 'mentor' in the competition rather than a player, Manchester Originals had a simple pick to take Jos Buttler. Their icon player choice was trickier, with Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood getting the nod over Liam Livingstone while South Africa spinner Imran Tahir was added at the Draft.

Nottingham

  • Name: Trent Rockets
  • Venue: Trent Bridge
  • Representing: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire
  • Coach: Stephen Fleming
  • England Test Player: Joe Root
  • Local Icons: Alex Hales & Harry Gurney
  • Drafted players (overseas players in bold): Rashid Khan, D'Arcy Short, Lewis Gregory, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Steven Mullaney, Matthew Carter, Luke Wood, Tom Moores, Dawid Malan, Ben Cox, Luke Fletcher, Luke Wright

Root was scooped up by the Trent Rockets, who are also able to boast one of the world's most destructive T20 batsmen in Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales, while the bowling attack will be led by Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan.

Birmingham

  • Name: Birmingham Phoenix
  • Venue: Edgbaston
  • Representing: Warwickshire and Worcestershire
  • Coach: Andrew McDonald
  • England Test Player: Chris Woakes
  • Local Icons: Moeen Ali & Pat Brown
  • Drafted players (overseas players in bold): Liam Livingstone, Kane Williamson, Ravi Bopara, Benny Howell, Tom Helm, Shaheen Afridi, Adam Hose, Cameron Delport, Henry Brookes, Adam Zampa, Riki Wessels, Chris Cooke

Chris Woakes was the only England Test player available to the Birmingham Phoenix with Moeen Ali having lost his red-ball contract, but the Worcestershire all-rounder was a simple choice as local icon alongside his county team-mate Pat Brown - who has been rewarded for superb Vitality Blast form.

Cardiff

  • Name: Welsh Fire
  • Venue: Sophia Gardens
  • Representing: Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset
  • Coach: Gary Kirsten
  • England Test Player: Jonny Bairstow
  • Local Icons: Tom Banton & Colin Ingram
  • Drafted players (overseas players in bold): Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, Ben Duckett, Ravi Rampaul, Simon Harmer, Qais Ahmad, Liam Plunkett, Ryan Ten Doeschate, David Payne, Ryan Higgins, Danny Briggs, Leus Du Plooy

Bairstow will spearhead the Welsh Fire, who also pick Somerset's Tom Banton. The wicketkeeper-batsman has burst onto the scene with scintillating white-ball form this season and is rewarded with a pick in The Hundred. Gary Kirsten has been appointed as head coach and he opted to snap up Australia duo Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith at the Draft.

North London

  • Name: London Spirit
  • Venue: Lord's
  • Representing: Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire
  • Coach: Shane Warne
  • England Test Player: Rory Burns
  • Local Icons: Eoin Morgan & Dan Lawrence
  • Drafted players (overseas players in bold): Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Amir, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Mark Wood, Joe Denly, Mason Crane, Kyle Abbott, Adam Rossington, Zak Crawley, Jade Dernbach, Luis Reece

England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan does not have a Test contract but is the eye-catching name in the London Spirit squad. They also choose Essex batsman Dan Lawrence as a local icon, with Rory Burns their Test player. Australian Glenn Maxwell was added at the Draft.

South London

  • Name: Oval Invincibles
  • Venue: The Oval
  • Representing: Surrey and Kent
  • Coach: Tom Moody
  • England Test Player: Sam Curran
  • Local Icons: Jason Roy & Tom Curran
  • Drafted players (overseas players in bold): Sunil Narine, Sam Billings, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rilee Rossouw, Reece Topley, Hardus Viljoen, Fabian Allen, Alex Blake, Will Jacks, Chris Wood, Nathan Sowter, Laurie Evans

The Curran brothers are, unsurprisingly, paired together alongside Jason Roy - who was not handed a red-ball contract after a disappointing start to his Test career. Sunil Narine's signing at the Draft will ensure the spin bowling ranks have quality and mystery.

Southampton

  • Name: Southern Brave
  • Venue: Ageas Bowl
  • Representing: Hampshire and Sussex
  • Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
  • England Test Player: Jofra Archer
  • Local Icons: James Vince & Chris Jordan
  • Drafted players (overseas players in bold): Andre Russell, David Warner, Liam Dawson, Shadab Khan, Tymal Mills, Ross Whiteley, Delray Rawlins, Ollie Pope, George Garton, Alex Davies, Max Walle, Craig Overton

Jofra Archer's stunning arrival on the international scene made him a certainty for the Southern Brave, where he lines up alongside Sussex team-mate and friend Chris Jordan as well as Hampshire's James Vince. West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell was snapped up at the Draft to add extra balance to the squad.

The Hundred: Format and key questions

What is The Hundred?

An entirely new format - cricket's fourth - designed by the England and Wales Cricket Board. The idea is to inject fresh life into the sport domestically, building on the existing fanbase with a particular emphasis on bringing families and women into the fold. There has been some criticism from supporters of the county game but the gambit has been well received by broadcasters.

What is the format?

The new format, which has come in for the some criticism, consists of 100 balls per side with traditional six-ball overs banished.

When is it?

The inaugural edition of the tournament will begin on July 17, 2020, lasting for five weeks throughout the prime school holiday period. The men's and women's competitions will run concurrently with some double headers.

What are the teams?

The traditional county lines have been abandoned in favour of city-based franchises. The eight destinations were already known, but on Thursday they were formally named. London Spirit (Middlesex, Essex, Northamptonshire), Oval Invincibles (Surrey, Kent), Welsh Fire (Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Somerset), Northern Superchargers (Yorkshire, Durham), Manchester Originals (Lancashire), Trent Rockets (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire), Southern Brave (Hampshire, Sussex), Birmingham Phoenix (Warwickshire, Worcestershire).

How do they look?

The shirts are full of big, bright and bold colours, with each sponsored by a different KP snack. It is certainly a more garish sight than most cricket fans will be used to but the designs tack closer to those seen in the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash in Australia, where they have proved a hit.

Is everyone on familiar turf?

No. While some sides had it easy when they picked their Test star, Northern Superchargers had to choose between Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow and went with Stokes. That left Root and Bairstow up for grabs and they ended up at Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire respectively. Rory Burns, meanwhile, will be heading to Lord's after Oval Invincibles chose Sam Curran instead.

Where can people see it?

There are eight host venues for the men's competition - Lord's, The Oval, Old Trafford, Headingley, Cardiff, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and the Ageas Bowl. A further 11 grounds will host games in the women's event. The tournament also marks the return of top level cricket on regular free-to-air television. While the whole campaign will be broadcast by Sky Sports, a selection of 10 men's matches and up to eight women's matches - including finals - will be shown on the BBC.

How will it affect the existing domestic Twenty20 and 50-over competitions?

The Vitality T20 Blast will be moved slightly forward in the calendar but retain its current format, with the counties split into North and South groups of nine teams each. Seven home matches and seven away will see each team play 14 fixtures, with the top four qualifying for the Finals Day at Edgbaston on September 5. However, all the players involved in The Hundred will be unavailable for T20. Furthermore, the ECB has said its 50-over Royal London One-Day Cup tournament will be downgraded to a "development competition", the year after England won a 50-over format World Cup.

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