Birmingham Phoenix retain Shaheen Afridi for The Hundred

Monitoring Desk

KARACHI: Pakistan left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi has been retained by Birmingham Phoenix for this year’s debut season of English cricket’s Hundred competition.

He will be joined by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who was the only other overseas player retained by Birmingham.

Kane Williamson said: “I’m really pleased to be staying at Birmingham Phoenix. It’s always been great to play against Moeen [Ali] and Chris [Woakes] and it’ll be exciting to line up alongside them. You want to test yourself against the best and that’s what The Hundred is all about.”

The final retained men’s players for The Hundred was named today with a series of England and overseas stars among the 57 male and female players signing up for the action-packed 100-ball competition which launches this summer.

The men’s retention window – where teams could re-sign players who had been due to play for them in 2020 – has now closed. All eight men’s sides will pick the remainder of their squads in the upcoming Men’s Draft where 35 spaces will be up for grabs.

The competition will take place this summer and feature eight city-based teams based in Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton and two in London.