David Warner and Chris Gayle head the list of international stars looking to land a £125,000 payday in the second season of The Hundred, as they enter next week’s behind-closed-doors draft
- David Warner has put himself forward to play in this year’s The Hundred
- Aussie batsman pulled out of a deal to play in the event last year due to Covid
- West Indies star Chris Gayle also on the list of players seeking draft pick
- The draft is due to be held behind closed doors after being televised in 2019
Australia’s David Warner has put his name forward for the second season of The Hundred, hoping to land a top-tier draft pick alongside the likes of Pakistan’s Babar Azam and West Indian star Chris Gayle.
Warner, who pulled out of a deal with Southern Brave in last year’s launch tournament due to travel difficulties surrounding Covid-19, is one of eight overseas stars who has set their reserve at the maximum £125,000 level.
He is also the highest profile Australian, with compatriots such as Steve Smith, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood not included on a long list of hopefuls totalling 534.
Australian star David Warner is hoping to be drafted in the second season of The Hundred
West Indies legend Chris Gayle is on the international list, which has been revealed today
More than half of those are foreign players – including the International Cricket Council’s top-ranked T20 batter (Babar), bowler (Tabraiz Shamsi) and all-rounder (Mohammad Nabi).
The men’s draft is taking place behind closed doors on April 4, having originally been a live televised event 2019, with deals announced the following day. Signings for the women’s edition will also be revealed.
A total of 42 places need to be filled in the men’s competition, including 11 in the £125,000 bracket.
Babar Azam of Pakistan could also feature in The Hundred, with the draft set for April 4
Among English talent there are 21 capped internationals looking for a deal, including recent Test debutants Alex Lees and Matthew Fisher as well as Tom Banton, Liam Dawson and Olly Stone.
Joe Clarke has the highest base price of £60,000 and could still be retained by his former side Manchester Originals via a bid matching system.
London Spirit, who finished bottom last year, have the first draft pick as a result. England’s World Cup winning coach Trevor Bayliss is understood to be taking charge of the team following the death of Shane Warne, reprising his successful partnership with England one-day captain Eoin Morgan.
HUNDRED DRAFT PICK RESERVES
Babar Azam (Pak), C Gayle (WI), M Marsh (Aus), S Narine (WI), K Pollard (WI), T Shamsi (SA), D Warner.
Shakib-al-Hasan (Ban), Q de Kock (SA), J Richardson (Aus), A Russell (WI).
J Clarke £60,000, A Wheater £50,000, J Denly £40,000, W Rhodes £40,000
SELECTED DOMESTIC UNRESERVED
T Banton, D Bess, D Briggs, P Brown, J Clark, L Dawson, L Evans, S Hain, T Kohler-Cadmore, D Rawlins, D Moriarty, J Thompson, L Wright.