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Warne roped in as coach of London-based team in The Hundred
The Hundred

Warne roped in as coach of London-based team in The Hundred

Shane Warne has been appointed as head coach of Lord's-based London franchise ahead of next year's The Hundred competition.

The legendary Australian cricketer joins fellow compatriots Simon Katich and Andrew McDonald among the coaches named in the inaugural season of The Hundred.

The former leg-spinner, who registered 708 wickets in Test cricket, previously served as coach of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

The announcement was made alongside the news confirming that Lisa Keightley will coach the women's team for the same franchise.

"I'm very proud and very honoured to be asked to be the head coach of The Hundred team based at Lord's," Warne said on Friday.

"The opportunity to coach in a brand-new tournament and work with modern-day players is something that I will really enjoy and I am looking forward to the challenge."

'I love the concept of The Hundred'

The Hundred is the latest addition to the world of franchise-based competitions being conducted across the globe.

Breaking away from the conventional format of T20 cricket, The Hundred will feature 100 balls per each side with every over consisting of either five or ten deliveries.

Amidst reservations over the success of the tournament, Warne has backed the idea as something revolutionary, comparing it to the origins of the IPL.

"I love the concept of The Hundred and it has grabbed my attention in the same way the IPL did.

"We built a team from scratch with a diverse range of players from different backgrounds and ages and I can't wait to build the same mix of players to entertain the fans who come down to Lord's for The Hundred."

The five-week tournament is expected to commence in July 2020 and comprises of eight city-based franchises from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London.