Former England all-rounder Flintoff will commentate on at least eight Blast games for Sky Sports this summer, with his first match Saturday’s Midlands derby between Birmingham Bears and Nottinghamshire Outlaws. Essex and Surrey kick us off 24 hours earlier, though, with a host of international stars set to be on show.
Essex’s Pakistan seamer Mohammad Amir will aim to keep the likes of returning Australian Aaron Finch and England one-day star Jason Roy – the only man to hit two Blast centuries last year – in check.
Surrey’s Curran brothers, Tom and Sam, will also look to impress, although Essex spinner Simon Harmer is the most in-form bowler, having taken 28 wickets across his last two Specsavers County Championship matches
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