The Hundred 2021 – Andrew McDonald withdraws from the Hundred due to clash with Australia tour
McDonald is instead expected to go on Australia’s tour to the Caribbean, which departs in late June and is due to be followed by a trip to Bangladesh in early August.
The news is a significant blow to Birmingham Phoenix. McDonald had been heavily involved in the planning stages for the tournament, including taking decisions on which players to sign. It is understood the Phoenix management hope that he will remain involved in the long term and intend to appoint only an interim to take his place for the 2021 tournament. Talks over the appointment of that interim are understood to be at an advanced stage.
George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo