Aaron Finch and Lauren Winfield have been appointed as captains of the men’s and women’s team of Northern Superchargers for the inaugural edition of the Hundred tournament.
Aaron Finch was the first pick of Headingley-based side which is coached by Darren Lehmann. The Australian limited overs skipper will be captaining the likes of Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Wiley and Chris Lynn next year.
"I think we have an excellent side with a good mixture of quality English cricketers and some match-winning overseas stars and I'm very confident of our chances when The Hundred kicks off next summer," Finch said.
"It's such an honour to be asked to captain the men's team. Obviously, I know Darren Lehmann really well and we understand how we both want to go about it. You can't underestimate the importance of that. I've also had some good times up at Yorkshire and I look forward to seeing the fans again.
"We've got a really great spine with the likes of Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid and David Willey, and they know what it takes to win games of cricket up at Headingley.
“Then you add in the likes of Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Chris Lynn and it gets pretty exciting. I just can't wait to meet the guys next summer and have that first net."
Lauren Winfield, who was a member of the England’s women’s side that lifted the World Cup in 2017, will take on the leadership role under coach Danielle Hazell.
Winfield previously led Yorkshire Diamonds in the Kia Super League and has played for Brisbane Heat, Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers in the Women’s Big Bash League.
"It's all very exciting for everyone involved and I can't wait to get out on the field next year and hopefully help lead the team to success," Winfield said.
"Dani Hazell and I are busy working away to sign up the rest of our team. We want to try and keep a core of players together and add players who we believe can move us forward.
“It's a bit like playing Football Manager, trying to fill the teams with the right players and tick the right boxes but I know that the Superchargers are going to be a team that the other sides won't fancy coming up against."