With excitement building to Sunday’s inaugural men’s player draft for the new cricket competition, The Hundred, Craig Flindall has been confirmed as General Manager for the West Midlands-based Birmingham Phoenix teams.

Flindall, who is Chief Operating Officer at Warwickshire County Cricket Club, will have responsibility for the management of the Birmingham Phoenix teams which has already seen the appointment of Men’s Team Head Coach Andrew McDonald and Women’s Team Head Coach Ben Sawyer.

“The Hundred is a tremendously exciting proposition for the sport,” said Flindall. “I’m delighted to be appointed in this key role for Birmingham Phoenix and to have the opportunity to help manage men’s and women’s teams that we hope can attract and inspire thousands of people from this great city and region to get involved in the game.”

Flindall will report into the Birmingham Phoenix Team Board which includes Warwickshire CCC Chief Executive, Neil Snowball, and Worcestershire CCC Chief Executive, Matt Rawnsley.

All men’s home games will be played at Warwickshire’s Edgbaston Stadium, with one fixture a double- header day that includes men’s and women’s fixtures. The Women’s team will play their other home games at Worcestershire’s Blackfinch New Road.

Matt Rawnsley said “Craig’s appointment as GM for the Birmingham based Phoenix Team means we have someone with a skillset covering Finance and Operations combined with a genuine passion for the sport.”

The Hundred is a new and exciting 100-ball format that is set to launch in July next year with the men’s and women’s tournaments to run concurrently over a five-week period.

The tournament is set to attract some of the world’s best players and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and free-to-air on the BBC with eight city-based clubs, from Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London.

The men’s Player Draft is set to provide a historic occasion for British sport which will see the first major draft to be held in this country on Sunday, October 20.

It will be shown live by Sky Sports with extensive coverage across the BBC.

Fans can register their interest in tickets and information via www.thehundred.com