Darren Lehmann, Danielle Hazell named Headingley-based franchise’s head coaches for The Hundred
Darren Lehmann coached Australia from 2013 tp 2018. @AFP

Darren Lehmann has been named as coach of the Headingley-based men’s team in The Hundred that starts in July 2020, and Danielle Hazell will be coaching Headingley’s women’s team.

“I’m really excited to get back up north. I spent a lot of time there as a player, so to be able to go back as a coach of a new competition and to spend some time with family and friends will be a lot of fun. It will be exciting for everyone I reckon,” Lehmann said.

The 49-year-old is the latest Australian to join one of the team’s backroom staff in the competition. Shane Warne was recently named as the head coach of the Lord’s based franchise. Last month, Andrew McDonald and Simon Katich were confirmed as head coaches of Birmingham-based franchise and Manchester Originals, respectively.

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Lehmann will join the Headlingley-based team – reportedly to be known as Northern Superchargers – with a vast experience in coaching. He has had stints with Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL and landed the high-profile job of Australia’s head coach in 2013. Under his tutelage, Australia won their fifth World Cup title in 2015. During the Ashes in 2017-18, Lehmann had announced that he would not be renewing his contract after 2019.

Darren Lehmann
Darren Lehmann made his comeback to coaching recently. (AFP Photo)

On Australia’s tour of South Africa in 2018, Lehmann stepped down from the post following the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test. In Cricket Australia’s findings, Lehmann was cleared of having any role in it. At first, it seemed like he had passed on the information to Peter Handscomb via walkie-talkie.

Earlier this year, Lehmann made his return to coaching as he was appointed as the coach of Brisbane Heat for the next two years.

Former England offspinner Hazell, 31, retired from internationals in January. She is currently coach of Yorkshire Diamond in the Kia Women’s Super League.

The fixtures of The Hundred have not been unveiled but it will start in the month of July 2020. The squads for the tournament will be finalised in a players’ draft on October 20.