IPL 2021: No taker for IPL’s most expensive player Chris Morris in The Hundred Draft

IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals (RR) were delighted with the arrival of IPL 2021's most expensive player in all-rounder Chris Morris.
IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals (RR) were delighted with the arrival of IPL 2021's most expensive player in all-rounder Chris Morris.

IPL 2021 – IPL Most Expensive player Chris Morris snubbed: Just six days ago Chris Morris was darling of the IPL Auction as he became the most expensive player in the history of IPL with 16.25 Crore price tag. But Rajasthan Royals big buy Morris did not get any taker at the draft of The Hundred at a price of 61 Lakhs.

Like Morris, Mumbai Indians opener Quinton De Kock also did not find any takers along with Pakistan captain Babar Azam.

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The Hundred Draft: No taker for IPL’s most expensive player ever
At the IPL Auction last week, Morris was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals for record 16.25 Cr. After an intense bidding war between Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Morris finally went to the Rajasthan side for a record Rs 16.25 crore and became the most expensive player in the IPL History.

On Tuesday, when his name came on discussion at The Hundred – he did not get any takers for the tournament i.e scheduled to start on June 21st. The availability price for Morris was less than 3% of what he has been bought for at the IPL Auctions.
England Test star Ben Foakes was another notable omission as the ECB confirmed the outcome of the Hundred re-draft on Tuesday.

The Hundred Draft Big Highlights Thirty five men’s players have been revealed after being chosen out of more than 500 overseas and English players vying for a place in the competition. Alongside this, a further eight English and eight Australian star women’s players have also been announced.

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West Indies big hitter Nicholas Pooran was the No 1 pick and first of 10 by Manchester Originals, who added a second £100,000 player in Kagiso Rabada. In between, Welsh Fire opted for Kieron Pollard and Australia’s David Warner re-joined Southern Brave after pulling out of last year’s postponed competition.

The final three of the seven vacant overseas places went to Australia fast bowler Jhye Richardson (Fire), Shadab Khan, released by Brave but snapped up by the Originals, and Colin Ingram, previously a Kolpak recruit with the Welsh but re-housed at the Oval.

Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, David Warner, Kagiso Rabada and Tom Abell are the top five men’s picks in The Hundred Draft to fill the remaining 35 spaces in the Men’s squads.
Manchester Originals were the busiest team, signing 10 players. As well as Pooran and Rabada, they also drafted Harry Gurney, Jamie Overton and Shadab Khan amongst others.
Other England stars signed up include Ravi Bopara going to London Spirit, Olly Stone joining Northern Superchargers, and Saqib Mahmood being picked up by Oval Invincibles.
The eight teams have now filled all but one place in their Men’s squads – they each have one Vitality Wildcard pick each to fill the final slot in June.

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Men’s competition features three of world’s top five male T20 batters and four of top five male bowlers.

Players are being signed on an individual basis by the eight teams in the women’s competition, with no equivalent Draft event. Teams will continue to fill their squads over the coming months.

World’s top female T20 bowler Sophie Ecclestone and leading female T20 batter Beth Mooney are among the latest women’s star signings. Women’s competition currently features three of world’s top five female T20 batters and bowlers.

The women’s competition will headline the start of The Hundred with Oval Invincibles taking on Manchester Originals in a standalone women’s match, live on Sky and BBC on July 21, a day before the men’s teams meet.

The Hundred will combine fast-paced cricket featuring world-class players with entertainment off the pitch making it a great day out for families. The Hundred Draft featured 252 overseas players and 254 domestic players vying for the remaining places in the men’s teams.

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The fixtures for The Hundred were published earlier on 23 February and in a sporting first, the competition will launch with a women’s fixture as the headline act. Oval Invincibles will take on Manchester Originals at the Kia Oval on Wednesday 21 July in a match televised live on Sky and BBC – with the men’s sides following suit the next day.

After those first two games, men’s and women’s sides will both play at the same venue on the same date, with tickets allowing fans to watch both matches. All men’s and women’s games will be broadcast live on Sky. The Hundred will also be covered extensively across the BBC, including live television coverage of 10 men’s games and up to eight live women’s matches, including The Hundred Final for both the women’s and men’s competitions, which will take place at Lord’s on 21 August.

Men’s number two pick Kieron Pollard, who will play for Welsh Fire, said: “I can’t wait to come and play in The Hundred, it’s an exciting new cricket competition and I’m really pleased to be part of it. There were so many top players who entered The Draft and I was really happy to be the second pick. With Jhye [Richardson] joining as well, I think this Welsh Fire team has got some serious firepower in both bowling and batting line-ups, so I believe we can put on a real show.”

Simon Katich, Manchester Originals men’s team Head Coach, said: “We are really pleased with the players we picked up in The Draft. Pooran, Rabada and Shadab Khan are world class overseas players to bring in alongside a balance of young, local guys and some more senior players. We know that we were the team with most slots to fill going into The Draft, and I feel like it’s paid off and we’ve put together a well balanced squad that will do Manchester proud.”

Sophie Ecclestone, confirmed today as playing for Manchester Originals, said: “The thought of making history and potentially bowling the first ball of The Hundred is really exciting. It is fantastic news that the competition is launching with a women’s match and we can’t wait to get The Hundred off to the best possible start.”

Australia’s Meg Lanning, who will play for Welsh Fire, said “I’m really excited to be playing in The Hundred and to be leading Welsh Fire. We’ve got a strong Aussie contingent with myself, Jess (Jonassen) and Beth (Mooney) involved, alongside a host of up and coming domestic players. With Matthew Mott at the helm, we can’t wait to get going