The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that Steve Smith and David Warner and West Indies opener Chris Gayle are among the most expensive players who have been listed in Sunday’s draft for the new domestic tournament The Hundred. Smith’s heroics helped Australia retain the Ashes in England whereas David Warner had a great IPL season and ICC World Cup earlier this year. Pacer Mitchell Starc, who had a great tournament in the ICC World Cup and played just one Test in the Ashes series, is the third Australian in the six-man group who is in the draft with a £125,000 ($159,400) reserve price, the ECB shared in a statement.
Sri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga and South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada are the other notable players in the top list for the inaugural edition of the 100-ball competition, named The Hundred which is scheduled to be played in July-August next year. Five of the eight city-based teams will have an Australia player in charge with Shane Warne, Darren Lehmann and Tom Moody among them. However, none of the men’s teams has a local coach.
Twenty20 specialist Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and West Indies’ Andre Russell, with an identical £100,000 reserve price, are among the 239 players from outside the UK to enter the draft as well. England’s World Cup winners Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett are among the 331 domestic players who have put their names for the draft of The Hundred.
“Teams will select 12 players on the night — with a maximum of three overseas picks — who will join the already-announced England red-ball contracted players and Local Icons,” the ECB shared in a statement.