Australian opener David Warner, Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, and Pakistan skipper Babar Azam are among the 252 overseas players who have registered for the players draft ahead of the upcoming The Hundred’s players draft.
These players are available for selection at the highest reserve price of £100,000. Total ten players have put forth their names under the highest reserve price.
Eight players including Shahid Afridi, Mitchell Marsh, and Imran Tahir are available for selection at the second-highest reserve price of £80,000.
Total 254 domestic players have also made themselves available for selection in the men’s draft. Majority of the teams out of the eight teams competing in the inaugural season of the 100-ball tournament have chosen to retain most of the players of the Men’s Draft 2019.
The eight teams competing in the tournament will get to fill in the gaps in their squad in the players draft on February 23. Up to 35 spots are available to be filled in all the eight teams out of which only 7 slots are available for the overseas players.
“We are delighted with the level of interest we’ve had from both overseas and domestic players. There is a huge appetite to play in The Hundred which is designed to open up cricket to more families and young people with fast world-class action on the pitch and blockbuster entertainment off it. The calibre of the players involved means that it’s going to be an exciting men’s draft – with a lot of competition for spaces amongst really top-drawer names,” said Rob Hillman, Director of Events Operations.
After the tournament was shelved last year, the ECB has decided to inaugurate the 100-ball tournament in July this year.