It seems a while since we spoke about Trent Rockets. Love it or hate it the ECB continues to plan for its controversial hundred competition concept ahead of the 2021 summer after covid and all that came with it interrupted and put stop to what would have been the newly formed cricket tournaments inaugural year.
2020 was supposed to be the season that changed cricket for good, with Trent Rockets representing the East Midlands in all yellow skips sponsored suits the newly founded men and women’s franchise was supposed to start against recently formed Birmingham Pheonix and Welsh Fire respectively at Trent Bridge in late July.
With lockdown banning support through turnstiles the tournament start was soon put on hold but cricket governing bosses want it back for 2021 should sport and society by then return to ‘normal’.
So as if the last year hadn’t happened at all, which it didn’t, the Rockets have today (courtesy of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club) announced that several players are to be ‘retained’ by the East Mids franchise going in to 2021 with Afghan superstar Rashid Khan and England and Notts squash buckler Alex Hales announced to be signing for the new season ahead with two more retainees for the womens team in England legend Katherine Brunt and Aussie International Elyse Villani confirming they’ll also be ready to rocket next summer.
Tokyo born England International Nat Sciver, who is actually engaged to the countries all-time leading wicket taker Katherine Brunt, with the pair originally scheduled to get married in September this year but for covid, also teams up with her fiance and the Trent Rockets womens side as Joe Root, captain of England has agreed to rejoin the mens team for 2021.
*Main image @thehundred Nat Sciver has been retained by Trent Rockets for next year.