New Zealand speedster Lockie Ferguson will play in the inaugural season of The Hundred tournament. The 30-year-old will replace South African pacer Kagiso Rabada in the Manchester Originals after pacer withdrew from the tournament.
Rabada, 26, was to play for Manchester Originals, has now pulled out of the tournament citing COVID-19 issues. He is currently with the South African team for the West Indies series. After that, South Africa will also play three ODIs and as many T20Is against Ireland starting next month.
On the other hand, Ferguson is already in England, playing for Yorkshire in the Vitality T20 Blast. He will now join the Originals as a replacement.
“We are thrilled to welcome a player of the quality of Lockie Ferguson to The Hundred. It’s sad news that Kagiso will not take part this year but the schedule and challenges around international travel due to Covid remain an issue for some overseas players.” An ECB spokesperson told ESPNCricInfo.
Manchester Originals had roped in Rabada in the £100,000 (US$140,000) bracket for ‘The Hundred‘. Meanwhile, players like David Warner, Marcus Stoinis, and Sophie Devine had already withdrawn from the tournament.
The Hundred: Manchester Originals squad
Men’s squad: Jos Buttler, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Joe Clarke, Wayne Madsen, Nicholas Pooran, Lockie Ferguson, Tom Hartley, Jamie Overton, Shadab Khan, Tom Lammonby, Steven Finn, Colin Anderson, Richard Gleeson
Women’s Squad: Kate Ross, Danielle Collins, Mignon du Preez, Alice Dyson, Cordelia Griffith, Hannah Jones, Lizlee Lee, Georgia Boyce, Natalie Brown, Ellie Threlkeld, Alex Hartley, Emma Lamb, Sophie Ecclestone, Harmanpreet Kaur