Simon Katich first coach to be confirmed for ‘The Hundred’ contest
Former Australia star batsman Simon Katich has been named as the head coach of the Manchester-based team for the inaugural season of the brand news ‘The Hundred’ competition.
Katich, 43, is the first coach to be confirmed for the eight-team cricket tournament scheduled to begin in July 2020.
“I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to lead the men’s Manchester-based team in The Hundred, starting next year.”
Katich who played for Lancashire between the year of 2010 and 2013, further said, “This is a competition that is catching the eyes of the cricket world, in terms of the calibre of players and coaches it will attract, and I’m so excited to start planning and working as men’s head coach for this new side.
“Having played at Emirates Old Trafford for two years, I know what a special place it is, and what an incredible cricket ground it has transformed into over the last decade. This competition is going to be a ground-breaking moment for cricket across the world, and I’m honoured to be part of it,” he added.
Playing 56 Tests for Australia, he scored more than 4,000 runs.
Following his retirement from professional cricket, Katich has had successful coaching career especially in the shorter formats of the game.
He guided Trinidad Knight Riders winning back to back titled in the Caribbean Premier League. Katich has also served as assistant coach at the Kolkata Knight Riders of the Indian Premier League since 2016.
Backing the decision, Sanjay Patel, the Managing Director of The Hundred said, “Simon is a brilliant signing and a dynamic coach who will bring his cricketing knowledge and international experience to the men’s Manchester team.”
The tournament will feature eight city-based teams from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London (Lord’s and the Oval).