London Spirit have confirmed the signing of a trio of overseas players ahead of the launch of The Hundred at this summer.
Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir will line up for the Lord’s-based side as well as Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi and South Africa’s Chloe Tryon, both all-rounders.
Nabi has already featured for a Lord’s-based outfit, having spent two seasons as part of the MCC Young Cricketers programme in 2006 and 2007. He made his MCC debut against the Netherlands prior to his time with the YCs.
Tryon will line up alongside a host of domestic talent with Aylish Cranstone, Amara Carr, Danielle Gibson and former England international Susie Rowe all staying at London Spirit. England captain Heather Knight and the West Indies’ Deandra Dottin are among the names already confirmed.
London Spirit have also continued to strengthen their men’s squad with Surrey and former England seamer Jade Dernbach, Derbyshire all-rounder Luis Reece and Northamptonshire wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Rossington all being retained.
London Spirit are one of eight teams taking part in The Hundred, the new 100-ball competition that is designed to throw open cricket’s doors to everyone. Boasting world class men’s and women’s players, it will take place this summer and feature eight city-based teams from Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton and two in London. It will be screened live by Sky and the BBC.
"Playing at Lord’s is a dream for cricketers from around the world and with Eoin Morgan as captain, I’m sure we’ll have a successful first season"
Mohammad Nabi said: “I’m really excited to be taking part in The Hundred and to be staying at London Spirit. Playing at Lord’s is a dream for cricketers from around the world and with Eoin Morgan as captain, I’m sure we’ll have a successful first season.”
Chloe Tryon said: “To be retained by London Spirit is something that I am very proud of. We are building a good squad with Heather and Deandra already confirmed and I can’t wait to run out at Lord’s with the rest of the team. The Hundred is an important moment for women’s sport and I feel privileged to be a part of it.”
More than 100 players have now confirmed for the highly anticipated competition with all of the eight city-based teams announcing signings today.
The remaining retained men’s players will be announced on Thursday 4 February while the women’s squads will continue to be confirmed in the coming months.
Signings announced today
Mohammad Amir, Amara Carr, Aylish Cranstone, Jade Dernbach, Danielle Gibson, Mohammad Nabi, Luis Reece, Adam Rossington, Susie Rowe, Chloe Tryon
Previously announced players
Zak Crawley, Naomi Dattani, Deandra Dottin, Heather Knight, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan.