Naseem Shah, Amy Jones and Richa Ghosh to join Birmingham Phoenix

Wednesday 27th March 2024 06:47 EDT

Naseem Shah, Amy Jones, Richa Ghosh and Sean Abbott were the big players of the night to join Birmingham Phoenix at The Hundred Draft, powered by Sage

Birmingham Phoenix had first choice in the women’s side of The Hundred Draft, bringing local Birmingham star Amy Jones back to Edgbaston for her fourth year in Birmingham Phoenix colours. She joins world stars Ellyse Perry and Sophie Devine who were retained by Birmingham Phoenix last month - while Pakistan international and PSL winner Naseem Shah and Sean Abbott link up with Daniel Vettori’s men’s team led by Moeen Ali.

Richa Ghosh, Katie Levick, Seren Smale, Ailsa Lister, Chloe Brewer, James Fuller and Dan Mousley have also signed for Birmingham Phoenix. Elsewhere in The Hundred Draft, Kieron Pollard went to Southern Brave, Meg Lanning to London Spirit and Beth Mooney to Manchester Originals. England players Dawid Malan, Tom Banton, Lauren Filer and Ollie Pope were also on the move, as well as international superstars Andre Russell, Ashleigh Gardner, Shaheen Afridi, Chamari Athapaththu and Nicholas Pooran. 

Amy Jones will be involved in the opening game of The Hundred’s fourth year, as her Phoenix side travel to The Kia Oval on Tuesday 23 July to face Oval Invincibles – the first of 68 games that promise world class men’s and women’s sporting action, live music, and a host of family-friendly entertainment.    

Birmingham Phoenix’s picks in The Hundred Draft

Women’s: Amy Jones, Richa Ghosh, Katie Levick, Seren Smale, Ailsa Lister, Chloe Brewer

Men’s: Naseem Shah, Sean Abbott, James Fuller, Daniel Mousley

In 2023, The Hundred and Birmingham Phoenix continued to attract new audiences to cricket. A record 580,000 fans were in attendance across The Hundred last season, including over 300,000 in the women’s competition while Birmingham Phoenix saw 70,000 people attend across the four games at Edgbaston last season. The Hundred’s blend of high-quality sport and entertainment alongside the brilliant matchday experience at Edgbaston saw 22% junior tickets, 29% female tickets and 12% ethnically diverse tickets in Birmingham.

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