Kane Williamson, Shaheen Afridi withdraw from Hundred, Lungi Ngidi signs for Welsh Fire


Competition hit by further withdrawals, with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jhye Richardson also pulling out

Kane Williamson has become the latest overseas player to pull out of the Hundred, withdrawing from his £80,000 (US$110,000) contract at Birmingham Phoenix while he manages his elbow injury.

Williamson, New Zealand’s captain, has been managing the injury for the past six months, missing an ODI series against Bangladesh, the start of the IPL and the second Test against England with the same problem. He is still in the UK following the World Test Championship final and is expected to be involved with the Edgbaston-based team in a mentoring capacity.

Finn Allen, his compatriot, has been lined up by Phoenix as a replacement and will stay in the UK following his stint in the Vitality Blast with Lancashire. Allen, who has the highest career strike rate of all time in T20 cricket, has scored 215 runs in his eight innings for Lancashire, averaging 30.71 with a strike rate of 138.70.
Shaheen Shah Afridi has also withdrawn from his Phoenix contract due to his international commitments with Pakistan, who tour the Caribbean during the Hundred’s window from July 21-August 21. Adam Zampa, their third men’s overseas player, is also expected to pull out as he is part of the Australia squad for their limited-overs tours to the Caribbean and Bangladesh.

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