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Lehmann To Return To Leeds

Lehmann To Return To Leeds

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann will return to Headingley after being named boss of the men’s team for The Hundred. The 49-year-old led Yorkshire to the 2001 County Championship title and also enjoyed nine years in West Yorkshire.

Lehmann left his Australia post in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, but he claims he is excited for a new challenge away from international cricket. The Hundred is a new ECB-led competition which will feature eight city-based franchise teams that will each field a men’s and women’s team.

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Next year’s event will run alongside the T20 Blast and Women’s Super League and Yorkshire Diamonds boss Danielle Hazell will coach the women’s side. The Headingley-based franchise is set to be called Northern Superchargers, and Lehmann says he cannot wait to return to his former stomping ground.

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He told BBC Sport: “It’s more about tournaments and having a bit of fun. “I’ll certainly stay away from international coaching; I don’t want to travel that much any more. To go back there to coach in The Hundred is exciting and hopefully, we can have some success. “I know how passionate the fans are, and they will demand that we play an entertaining brand of cricket and win.”

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