The Hundred: Harbhajan is out, but there are other top guns

Harbhajan Singh is out of The Hundred players’ draft after having been the sole Indian representation during the enrolment process. But England and Wales Cricket Board’s new 100-ball a side professional cricket league has no dearth of top international talent.

The list of enrolled icons ranges from England’s World Cup-winning captain to thrilling all-rounders and Australia’s biggest willowers in contemporary cricket.

The Hundred player draft scheduled for October 20 will also see the Universal Boss Chris Gayle going under the hammer. The Hundred has released a list of its top 10 icons with a poll for the people’s choice.

The overseas stars in the list will be available to be picked by coaches of the eight men’s teams in The Hundred Draft on October 20. England’s T20 World Cup-winning captain tops the table for more than one reason.

EOIN MORGAN

England’s World Cup mastermind Eoin Morgan has confirmed his availability for The Hundred. Each of the eight teams will be gunning for England’s most-capped player and leading run-scorer in T20 cricket. He is capable of shredding attacks with clean and inventive hitting. And then he calmly marshalling his bowlers and fielders when others might lose their nerve. The Ice Man is so hot right now.

STEVE SMITH

The Australian is a merciless run-getter is a stellar white-ball player. A Big Bash-winner, Smith has been churning out runs in the IPL since 2012. Who will not want him in the team?

MOEEN ALI

The all-rounder with the ability to bat up the order or slog big sixes late in the innings with the ability to weave a web to tie batsmen at the crease with his spinning deliveries will be any captain’s delight. The ultimate team man is a seasoned pro and proven performer all around the world.

SHAKIB AL HASAN

The Bangladesh all-rounder is among the most productive white-ball cricketers. He is master at restricting runs with them all and love to send the ball across with park with the will the willow in his hand. Shakib is capable of batting in most positions and using his skill and power to score rapidly without breaking a sweat. He can lead a team too, with a wealth of IPL and Big Bash experience to call on.

BABAR AZAM

The star Pakistani leads the ICC T20 International rankings with a massive margin. There cannot be a better testimony to his ability and consistency in performance. The man who almost always delivers, setting the tone at the top of the order, and showing calmness in the chase will be a certain choice for any eleven.

RASHID KHAN

The 21-year Afghan is undisputedly a master of the leg-spin art. With the ability to turn the ball either way with pinpoint accuracy, Khan can leave the batsmen on the crease guessing. The Afghanistan international is a now a global superstar, lighting up the IPL and the Big Bash. And when he’s not bowling, he can give the ball a good whack, too.

DAVID WARNER

Most devastating Australian batsman in white-ball cricket, Warner with him brings the assurance of scoring at will, set up big totals and expedite scoring during chases.

GHRIS GAYLE

The batsman bowler once feared is certainly not at his peak. He has not been the first choice of the IPL teams for the past two seasons. Having said it, the mighty Caribbean on his day will virtually single-handedly put his team in the commanding position.

QUNTION DE COCK

This lean, tall South African is among the most ideal wicket-keeper batsmen to have in any eleven for his call on either side of the wicket. A strike rate of 130 and 46 scalps behind the stumps make the veteran of 38 T20 Internationals a natural choice for any think tanks=.

MOHAMMAD NABI

A true all-rounder, Nabi is among the most trusted and seasoned Afghanistan cricketers who has made a mark for himself in professional cricket leagues the world over. However, if only eight of the top ten players are to be pick, Nabi along with Gayle might not figure atop the order. Unless, of course, the team think-tank has a special game plan.

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