Former England coach Andy Flower will lead Trent Rockets in the inaugural edition of The Hundred with Stephen Fleming stepping down from the role.
Former New Zealand captain Fleming has chosen not to take the post for family reasons, citing the difficulty of travel and quarantine protocols during a global pandemic.
Former Zimbabwe batsman Flower led England to a victory for the Ashes in Australia in 2010-11 and the 2010 T20 world title, while the team also topped the world test standings under his tenure.
Fleming said: “I’m really disappointed not to be the team coach this summer, but ultimately the family has to come first.
“The current global crisis has made travel very difficult and the extra time required for quarantines has made it difficult to achieve the right work-home balance.
“Andy is a world class coach with worldwide experience and I’m sure the Trent Rockets men’s team will have a fantastic first season of The Hundred with him behind them.”
The Rockets’ men’s squad for The Hundred will include England test captain Joe Root, as well as Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, West Indies star Andre Russell, and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.
Flower said: “Stephen (Fleming) will be a tough act to follow, but the guys made a really strong team in the original draft with a mix of international and local talent.
“We’ve built on it in this draft with the arrival of (Timm) Van Der Gugten and Samit Patel. The Hundred is a really exciting competition and we can’t wait to start at Trent Bridge this summer.”
Tickets for the 2021 edition of The Hundred will be available for purchase during four sales windows ahead of the competition this summer.
County members will have the first chance to secure tickets, followed by people who purchased tickets for the 2020 competition. Eligible members will be contacted directly by their county, and 2020 buyers will be contacted directly by The Hundred with over details about these opportunities.
The priority window will then open to all registered thehundred.com, from April 7 to 18, before their general sale will begin on April 21 and will be open to everyone to buy tickets.
The hundred encounters
All matches are men’s and women’s matches unless otherwise specified:
July 21: Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals (Women), Kia Oval
22nd of July: Oval Invincibles v Manchester Originals (men), Kia Oval
July 23: Birmingham Phoenix v London Spirit, Edgbaston
July 24: Trent Rockets vs. Southern Brave, Trent Bridge
Northern Superchargers v Welsh Fire, Emerald Headingley
July 25: London Spirit v Oval Invincibles, Lord’s
Manchester Originals v Birmingham Phoenix, Emirates Old Trafford
July 26: Trent Rockets vs. Northern Superchargers, Trent Bridge
July 27: Welsh Fire vs. Southern Brave, Sophia Gardens
July 28: Manchester Originals v Northern Superchargers, Emirates Old Trafford
July 29: London Spirit v Trent Rockets, Lord’s
July 30: Southern Brave v Birmingham Phoenix, Ageas Bowl
July 31: Welsh Fire v Manchester Originals, Sophia Gardens
Northern Superchargers v Oval Invincibles, Emerald Headingley
August 1: Birmingham Phoenix v Trent Rockets, Egdbaston
London Spirit v Southern Brave, Lord’s
August 2nd: Oval Invincibles v Welsh Fire, Kia Oval
August 3: London Spirit v Northern Superchargers, Lord’s
August 4: Birmingham Phoenix v Invincibles Oval, Edgbaston
5 August: Manchester Originals v Southern Brave, Emirates Old Trafford
August 6: Welsh Fire v Trent Rockets, Sophia Gardens
August 7: Southern Brave v Northern Superchargers, Ageas Bowl
August 8: Oval Invincibles v Trent Rockets, Kia Oval
August 9: Birmingham Phoenix vs. Welsh Fire, Edgbaston
August 10: Manchester Originals v London Spirit, Emirates Old Trafford
August 11: Southern Brave v Welsh Fire, Ageas Bowl
August 12: Northern Superchargers v Manchester Originals, Emerald Headingley
August 13: Trent Rockets v Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Bridge
August 14: Oval Invincibles v London Spirit, Kia Oval
August 15th: Trent Rockets v Manchester Originals, Trent Bridge
August 16: Southern Brave v Ovale Invincibles, Ageas Bowl
August 17: Northern Superchargers v Birmingham Phoenix, Emerald Headingley
August 18: Welsh Fire v London Spirit, Sophia Gardens
20 August: Eliminator for women and men, Kia Oval
21st of August: Men’s and Women’s Finals, Lord’s