Er. Could somebody WhatsApp Chris Gayle and deliver him our commiserations…?
Such might be the message emanating from the ECB that weekend ought to Sunday draft to The Hundred mirror the version undertaken by journalists in Lord.
As societal teams road-tested technology and the notebooks to be utilized for the true thing at Sky Studios on Sunday gayle has been the casualty of the dream draft.
But he wasnt the only player with a top-tier reserve price of #125k to miss out on choice – Lasith Malinga left by the wayside even though a dire flurry early on to snap highest bowlers – while at lower cost mounts Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir and Faf du Plessis proved surplus to requirements.
Each media group of 2, representing one of the eight teams in The Hundred, had around 100 seconds to make their staff selections and Trent Rockets – together with the honor of first pick at a pre-drawn order – wasted time in bagging mystery spinner Rashid Khan.
Sky Sports Cricket (Oli Burley and David Currie) were tasked with building Welsh Fire into a formidable proposal – possibly as one of the great, fantastic grandfathers chiselled a living from the mines and the other had once been around a stag do in Cardiff.
Oddly, however, our awareness of affinity into the jet-red outfit boasting Jonny Bairstow and celebrity players Tom Banton and Colin Ingram climbed as our urge to scupper our competitions by nicking and second-guessing their aims.
The precariousness of the task became evident as Southern Brave, took number one on our wish-list, left-armer Mitchell Starc however, Kagiso Rabada along with Kane Williamsons services were secured. The inclusion of Shaheen Afridi provided some amount with Henry Brookes an exciting potential on the seat.
So Matt Critchley got a historical chuckle with Will Beer providing cover 35, given the straight bounds at Cardiff a factor, picking two spinners felt like a luxury. The choice of wicketkeeper Ben Cox could also wait till the later rounds, given either Bairstow or Banton may do a job.
Therefore Joe Clarke is on stand-by to measure in on peak of the purchase Bairstow will be around next summer, due to international commitments, is a point.
The pre-ordained positioning of icon players at the draft supposed that Welsh Fire did no company in Round 2 so all we could do was sit and observe because the likes of Quinton de Kock and Imran Tahir proceeded everywhere.
But that is the beauty of picking on your group instead of in isolation – that you can do The Hundred site here.
As Welsh Fires Gary Kirsten and his co-coaches will figure out on Sunday, the best-laid strategies and hopes are far from ensured from coming to fruition, but therein lies the challenge. It will be compelling watching.
Tom Banton (r/h opening batsman)
Jonny Bairstow (r/h top-order batsman)
Kane Williamson (r/h top-order batsman, abroad )
Colin Ingram (l/h top-order batsman)
Laurie Evans (r/h top-order batsman)
Colin Ackerman (r/h batsman, r/a off-spin)
Samit Patel (r/h batsman, l/a spin)
Liam Plunkett (r/a fast bowler, r/h batsman)
Matt Critchley (r/a leg-spin)
Kagiso Rabada (r/a quick bowler, overseas)
Shaheen Afridi (l/a fast bowler, abroad )
Joe Clarke (r/h batsman)
Ben Cox (wicketkeeper, r/h batsman)
Henry Brookes (r/a fast-medium)
Will Beer (r/a leg-spin)
The Hundred Draft – Live will be shown on Sky Sports Cricket, Sky One, Main Event & from 7pm on Sunday.
It will also be accessible via Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube stations, as well as live on the Sky Sports app and streamed on skysports.com.
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