Cricket News India – Sophie Ecclestone to lead Manchester Originals for the first time in the upcoming season of the Hundred. Notably, this is the first time in her professional career that she will lead a team. Initially, Kate Cross led Manchester Originals in the first two seasons of the Hundred 2023 tournament. But during March 2023 draft Kate was signed by Northern Superchargers which provided an opportunity for Ecclestone to take up the reins of Originals in the 2023 season of the Hundred tournament.
Being the first leadership role of Ecclestone’s career it may hold long career-term significance from England’s perspective. She has never led a professional team during her career stint with England. However, Ecclestone has served as England’s frontline spinner for a long term & could easily become the successor for Heather Knight to captain the National team.
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Let’s have a look at the Captains of the Hundred 2023 Franchisees:
London Spirit: Heather Knight, Dan Lawrence
Manchester Originals: Sophie Ecclestone, Jos Buttler
Northern Superchargers: TBC
Oval Invincibles: Dane van Niekerk, Sam Billings
Southern Brave: Anya Shrubsole, James Vince
Trent Rockets: TBC
Welsh Fire: Tammy Beaumont, Tom Abell