Afghanistan cricket team captain will go down the history as the first pick of England and Wales Cricket Board’s first pick as the Players Draft was concluded on Sunday.
Rashid Khan was Trent Rockets’ first pick out of the 96 cricketers selected live on Sunday night (British time) to compete for the eight squads for the first season of The Hundred. Players for the eight men’s teams were selected from a 550+ pool.
Leg spinning all-rounder D’Arcy Short, Lewis Gregory, and Steven Mullaney were picked for Trent Rockets by Head Coach Stephen Fleming, where they will line up alongside England Test captain Joe Root. Jofra Archer will have West Indies international Andre Russell, opening batsman David Warner and Liam Dawson for company, as Mahela Jayawardena confirmed his Southern Brave squad, ECB has stated in a Press release.
Picking third on the night, Darren Lehmann confirmed Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch and mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman to play alongside Ben Stokes for Northern Superchargers, whilst Australians Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith were quickly selected for Gary Kirsten’s Welsh Fire in the opening round, where they will join Jonny Bairstow.
Oval Invincibles Head Coach Tom Moody opted for Sunil Narine, wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings, and Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane to accompany Jason Roy, whilst Manchester Originals’ Simon Katich selected leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Dane Vilas and Phil Salt to play alongside Jos Buttler, who was selected earlier in the month.
London Spirit Head Coach Shane Warne snapped up Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi and England all-rounder Joe Denly for his Lord’s based side. They’ll join England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, who was picked as a Local Icon at the start of October.
The final team to make their selection in The Hundred Draft was Birmingham Phoenix, whose Assistant Head Coach Daniel Vettori snapped up Liam Livingstone, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and fast-bowler Shaheen Afridi to play alongside Chris Woakes next year.
The full list of player picks, for each team, in order of selection is outlined below.
Here is the complete list and order of the player’s picket to form the eight teams at The Hundred Draft.
|Team||Players picked on the 20th October||Men’s players selected on 3rd October|
|Trent Rockets||Rashid Khan (1); D’Arcy Short (16); Lewis Gregory (17); Alex Hales (32) – selected on 3rd October; Nathan Coulter-Nile (33); Harry Gurney (48) – selected on 3rd October; Steven Mullaney (49); Matthew Carter (64); Luke Wood (65); Tom Moores (80); Dawid Malan (81); Ben Cox (96); Luke Fletcher (97); Luke Wright (112)||Joe Root (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Harry Gurney, Alex Hales (Local Icons)|
|Southern Brave||Andre Russell (2); David Warner (15); Liam Dawson (18); James Vince (31) – selected on 3rd October; Shadab Khan (34); Chris Jordan (47) – selected on 3rd October; Tymal Mills (50); Ross Whiteley (63); Delray Rawlins (66); Ollie Pope (79); George Garton (82); Alex Davies (95); Max Waller (98); Craig Overton (111)||Jofra Archer (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Chris Jordan, James Vince (Local Icons)|
|Northern Superchargers||Aaron Finch (3); Mujeeb Ur Rahman (14); Chris Lynn (19); Adil Rashid (30) – selected on 3rd October; Adam Lyth (35); David Willey (46) – selected on 3rd October; Richard Gleeson (51); Ben Foakes (62); Tom Kohler-Cadmore (67); David Wiese (78); Nathan Rimmington (83); Brydon Carse (94); Ed Barnard (99); John Simpson (110)||Ben Stokes (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Adil Rashid, David Willey (Local Icons)|
|Welsh Fire||Mitchell Starc (4); Steve Smith (13); Colin Ingram (20) – selected on 3rd October; Tom Banton (29) – selected on 3rd October; Ben Duckett (36); Ravi Rampaul (45); Simon Harmer (52); Qais Ahmed (61); Liam Plunkett (68); Ryan ten Doeschate (77) David Payne (84); Ryan Higgins (93); Danny Briggs (100); Leus du Plooy (109)||Jonny Bairstow (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Tom Banton, Colin Ingram (Local Icons)|
|Oval Invincibles||Sunil Narine (5); Jason Roy (12) – selected on 3rd October; Sam Billings (21); Sandeep Lamichhane (28); Rilee Rossouw (37); Tom Curran (44) – selected on 3rd October; Reece Topley (53); Hardus Viljoen (60); Fabian Allen (69); Alex Blake (76); Will Jacks (85); Chris Wood (92); Nathan Sowter (101); Laurie Evans (108)||Sam Curran (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Tom Curran, Jason Roy (Local Icons)|
|Manchester Originals||Imran Tahir (6); Dane Vilas (11); Phil Salt (22) Tom Abell (27); Matt Parkinson (38) – selected on 3rd October; Saqib Mahmood (43) – selected on 3rd October; Daniel Christian (54); Wayne Madsen (59); Wayne Parnell (70); Mitchell Santner (75); Joe Clarke (86); Marchant de Lange (91); Ed Pollock (102); Eddie Byrom (107)||Jos Buttler (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson (Local Icons)|
|London Spirit||Glenn Maxwell (7); Eoin Morgan (10) – selected on 3rd October; Mohammad Nabi (23); Muhammad Amir (26); Roelof van der Merwe (39); Mark Wood (42); Joe Denly (55); Dan Lawrence (58); Mason Crane (71); Kyle Abbott (74); Adam Rossington (87); Zak Crawley (90); Jade Dernbach (103); Luis Reece (106)||Rory Burns (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (Local Icons)|
|Birmingham Phoenix||Liam Livingstone (8); Moeen Ali (9) – selected on 3rd October; Kane Williamson (24); Ravi Bopara (25); Benny Howell (40); Tom Helm (41); Shaheen Afridi (56); Pat Brown (57) – selected on 3rd October; Adam Hose (72); Cameron Delport (73); Henry Brookes (88); Adam Zampa (89); Riki Wessels (104); Chris Cooke (105)||Chris Woakes (England Men’s red ball central contract pick), Moeen Ali, Pat Brown (Local Icons)|
“What a fun night – it’s an honor to be picked with so many other amazing international players in the mix. I’m really looking forward to spending the summer here and playing back in the UK. I know that the Hundred is going to be an exciting competition and I can’t wait to start training with my new Southern Brave teammates,” said Andre Russell, who is picked by the Southern Braves.
Shane Warne, London Spirit Head Coach, added, “I’m used to playing a tactical game, but that was something else! Our position in the rounds meant that I had to think on my feet, and at times re-evaluate who I was going to pick and when. I’m thrilled to have Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Nabi, and Mark Wood join Eoin and Rory in the team and can’t wait to see them step up to the crease for London Spirit in the first season of The Hundred. I think 2020 is shaping up to be a really exciting year for cricket – so many people watched the sport for the first time this summer, and I’m confident The Hundred will get even more people watching next year.”
Alongside The Hundred Draft for the men’s competition, the next wave of marquee players was also announced for the women’s competition. Welsh Fire has welcomed Australia captain Meg Lanning to the team, London Spirit selected England star Tammy Beaumont, while New Zealand’s Suzie Bates is heading to Southern Brave.
WOMEN’S PLAYER CONFIRMATIONS
|Team||New signings||Women’s players selected on 3rd October|
|Birmingham Phoenix||Sophie Devine||Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon|
|London Spirit||Tammy Beaumont||Heather Knight, Freya Davies|
|Manchester Originals||Lizelle Lee||Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone|
|Northern Superchargers||Alyssa Healy||Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith|
|Oval Invincibles||Dane van Niekerk||Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson|
|Southern Brave||Suzie Bates||Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt|
|Trent Rockets||Sophie Molineux||Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt|
|Welsh Fire||Meg Lanning||Katie George, Bryony Smith|
The first edition of the professional team based The Hundred leagues for men and women will run co-currently in July next year.