Among the players with the highest base price of £ 125,000, Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga have failed to find a buyer at the player draft for the inaugural season of The Hundred – the upcoming 100-ball a side cricket league of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The stakeholders in the latest format of professional cricket has expressed little belief in the ‘old is gold’ philosophy. The emphasis at maiden The Hundred draft was rather on young blood and yesteryear heroes like Chis Gayle and Lasith Malinga were ignored.
Malinga and Gayle were in the bracket of elite players along with Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, David Warner, and Kagiso Rabada – who all have entered the player draft at the highest bid base price of £ 125,000 among the seven salary brackets.
The teams were engaged in seven rounds to pick two player each form the £125,000, £100,000, £75,000, £60,000, £50,000, £40,000 and £30,000 price pool.
The teams had picked a total of 96 players from the pool of 570 players, which included 331 were there in Sunday’s men’s draft, including 239 overseas players and 331 domestic English cricketers.
The first pick of the draft went to Trent Rockets, who opted for No.1 in the MRF Tyres T20I Bowling Rankings, Rashid Khan. The other players to go in the first round were Andre Russell (Southern Brave), Aaron Finch, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (both Northern Superchargers), Sunil Narine (Oval Invincibles), Imran Tahir, Dane Vilas (both Manchester Originals), Glenn Maxwell (London Spirit), and Liam Livingstone (Birmingham Phoenix), ICC has reported on its official website.
Other big names signed in the draft included Nepal’s cricket icon Sandeep Lamichhane (Oval Invincibles), Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Amir (both London Spirit), and Nathan Coulter-Nile (Trent Rockets). But with so many players entering themselves into the draft it was inevitable that many excellent players would not be picked. Babar Azam, No.1 in the T20I Batting Rankings, was not sold before his reserve price of £75000 was passed and so will not be playing a part in the tournament. Also missing out are Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Quinton de Kock, and Tamim Iqbal.
During the event each team also announced a new signing for the women’s competition: Sophie Devine (Birmingham Phoenix), Tammy Beaumont (London Spirit), Lizelle Lee (Manchester Originals), Alyssa Healy (Northern Superchargers), Dane van Niekerk (Oval Invincibles), Suzie Bates (Southern Brave), Sophie Molineux (Trent Rockets), and Meg Lanning (Welsh Fire).
The Hundred inaugural edition is slated for July 2020 when men’s and women’s leagues will run concurrently over a five-week period.