Lehmann names Finch as patron of the Northern Superchargers

LONDON: Australia's international day captain Aaron Finch is to be patron of The superchargers of the north for the inaugural edition of The hundred , announced the franchise on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old hitter, who is also captain of the Australian T20 team, had been Superchargers coach Darren Lehmann The first draft choice.

They are well known for the period of Lehmann as head coach of Australia, the pinnacle that won the 2015 World Cup.

Finch, which has more than 100 ODI and 50 international T20 appearances to his credit, has played for seven IPL sides, as well as the Forsaken Melbourne in the Big Bash.

He also has valuable experience in English County through periods in Surrey and Yorkshire.

He will captain a team that includes England's superstar Ben Stokes.

I have spent many years working with Darren and I am really excited to return to Headingley (homeland of Yorkshire) as captain of the Northern Superchargers, he said in a statement.

"I think we have an excellent side with a good mixture of quality English cricketers and some match-winning overseas stars and I'm very confident of our chances when The hundred kicks off next summer."

Lehmann, who had a successful season playing for Yorkshire and was an integral part of the team that ended with a 33-year drought upon landing the county championship in 2001, said he was licking his lips in anticipation of the team's potential.

I think we have chosen a great team and I am really excited to see what Aaron and I can do with the group, Lehmann said.

He is a world class cricket player and an excellent leader.

"We want to start The hundred with a bang and get even more people watching this innovative new short-form of cricket."