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New Hundred competition to promote England-based coaches with strict foreign coach rules

Tim Wigmore
Peter Moores is the only Englishman to have worked as head coach of England since 1999 - Getty Images Sport

Each team in the new Hundred competition will have around £150,000 a season to spend on their team of coaches for the tournament and most positions will go to English-based coaches, Telegraph Sport understands.

Each franchise may only be permitted to employ one foreign coach for the tournament, which begins next summer, ensuring that the bulk of jobs go to coaches based in England. There are expected to be three or four coaches per team.

One proposal being considered is for each franchise to be permitted to sponsor one foreign coach each for a visa, with the remainder having to be from the UK.

The intention is to give English-based coaches a fillip, although some big names worldwide are likely to be attracted. Trevor Bayliss, who departs as England head coach this year, is expected to take up the head coach role at the franchise based at Edgbaston, and Indian Premier League coaches Stephen Fleming and Gary Kirsten have also been linked with roles. 

Only one Englishman – Peter Moores, twice – has worked as head coach of England since 1999. It is hoped that the Hundred will bring wider benefits for English coaching with local coaches – even if some are assistants – given opportunities to challenge themselves in high-pressure environments and work with some of the leading players in the world.

A number of county coaches are likely to put themselves forward for coaching roles, which would mean their counties having to make alternative arrangements for the five weeks of the Hundred each season.

One suggestion is that, to be eligible to be sponsored for a visa, any foreign coach will have had to have been a head, or assistant, coach for a total of 25 T20 matches in the previous two years – similar to the eligibility requirements for players, as Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed earlier this month.