Moeen Ali will lead Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred, it was confirmed on Tuesday (February 18). Eoin Morgan has already been confirmed captain of London Spirit while Aaron Finch will lead Northern Superchargers.
“Every time that I come to Edgbaston it takes me back to some great first memories of coming here at a very young age,” Moeen said after his appointment. “I grew up in this area and to be the first-ever men’s captain of Birmingham Phoenix in a new and inclusive competition that will reach out to communities and welcome them in is very special for me.
“We’re a tight-knit city in Birmingham. We have so much around us that brings the people together, no matter who you are or your background. I know how much of a uniting game cricket is and as a leader of the Birmingham Phoenix that is something I definitely want to promote. We are lucky to have some of the best players in the country in our squad but also some amazing overseas players, so we know that cricket is going to be really exciting.”
Moeen was chosen for the role ahead of Kane Williamson and Liam Livingstone. Andrew McDonald, the head coach of the men’s side, felt the all-rounder will inspire the youngsters with his leadership on and off the field. “Moeen is a fantastic allrounder and has the experience and temperament to lead the team. He started his cricket journey here at Edgbaston from a young age so it feels fitting that he will captain the men’s Birmingham Phoenix team,” he said.
“He’s involved in the local community in Birmingham and I know how much of a popular figure he is at Worcestershire too so I’m sure his efforts on and off the field will help inspire the next generation from our region and beyond to get involved in cricket.”
Phoenix will start their campaign against Morgan’s side on July 18 at their home ground.