Sussex academy director Richard Halsall will be an assistant coach for the Southampton-based team in The Hundred.

Charlotte Edwards and former Sussex T20 star Mahela Jayawardena have been appointed as head coaches.

Jayawardena will be joined by Shane Bond, the bowling coach at Mumbai Indians and current head coach at Sydney Thunder, alongside former Hampshire cricketer Jimmy Adams.

Halsall has been well known around the Sussex circuit since skippering the successful Eastbourne side of the early 1990s.

His coaching CV includes stints with England and Bangladesh.

Sussex are stakeholders in the south coast franchise and there has been media speculation that women’s matches could be played at Hove.

Former Hampshire captain Mark Nicholas, who grew up supporting Sussex, is the newly appointed chairman of the southern team.

Nicholas said: “Having spent 15 years working with Chance to Shine to ensure that more children embrace cricket, I strongly believe that The Hundred will help to attract both new and existing audiences.

"I’m delighted to lead the joining forces of the two counties that have meant the most to me in my life - Sussex, the team I fanatically supported in my childhood, and Hampshire, the club I was with for 18 years.”

Jayawardena added: “I am delighted to be working alongside Shane Bond and some of the talented coaches from both Sussex and Hampshire.

“I think The Hundred will interest the world’s best players because England is a great place to play cricket. The structure of the tournament is good and that means most of the guys will put their name in the hat because this is a tournament that excites them.”

Sussex supporters will know more about which of their county’s players will be involved in The Hundred when the draft is held on October 20.