Er. Could somebody WhatsApp Chris Gayle and ship him our commiserations…?
Such might be the message emanating from the ECB that weekend should Sundays live draft to The Hundred mirror the version undertaken by journalists on Wednesday in Lords.
Gayle has been the casualty of the fantasy draft, as societal teams road-tested the notebooks and technologies to be used for the real thing at Sky Studios on Sunday.
But he was not the only player with a top-tier book price of #125k to miss out on selection – Lasith Malinga also left by the wayside despite a desperate flurry early to snap up premier bowlers – while at lower price brackets Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir and Faf du Plessis proved surplus to requirements.
Each media team of two, representing one of the eight teams in The Hundred, needed up to 100 seconds to make their group selections and Trent Rockets – together with the honor of first pick in a pre-drawn sequence – wasted little time in bagging mystery spinner Rashid Khan.
Sky Sports Cricket (Oli Burley and David Currie) were tasked with constructing Welsh Fire into a formidable proposal – possibly as one of the great, terrific grandfathers chiselled a dwelling from the mines and another had formerly been around a stag do in Cardiff.
However, our sense of affinity into the jet-red outfit already boasting neighborhood icon players Tom Banton and Jonny Bairstow and Colin Ingram climbed rapidly as our urge to scupper our competitions by second-guessing and nicking their aims.
The precariousness of the task became evident as Southern Brave, took number one in our wish-list, left-armer Mitchell Starc but Kagiso Rabada and Kane Williamsons services were procured. The inclusion of Shaheen Afridi provided a thrilling prospect on the seat to some crucial amount with Henry Brookes.
So Matt Critchley acquired an early chuckle Will Beer providing cover 35, given the brief bounds at Cardiff a factor, picking two spinners within an XI felt like a luxury. The selection of wicketkeeper Ben Cox may also wait till the subsequent rounds, awarded either Banton or even Bairstow may perform a job together with the gloves.
Therefore Joe Clarke is about stand-by to measure in at the top of the order, how much Bairstow will probably be around next summer, because of international commitments, is really a point.
Icon players at the drafts pre-ordained positioning supposed that Welsh Fire didnt business in Round Two so we all could do was observe as the likes of Quinton de Kock and sit and Imran Tahir proceeded everywhere.
But thats the beauty of picking your team as opposed to in isolation – that you can perform on the official The Hundred site .
The plans and hopes are far from guaranteed from coming to fruition, but there lies the struggle as Welsh Fires Gary Kirsten and his co-coaches will find out on Sunday. 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, overseas)
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 twist )
Liam Plunkett (r/a quick bowler, r/h batsman)
Matt Critchley (r/a leg-spin)
Kagiso Rabada (r/a fast bowler, overseas)
Shaheen Afridi (l/a quick bowler, abroad )
Joe Clarke (r/h batsman)
Ben Cox (wicketkeeper, r/h batsman)
Henry Brookes (r/a fast-medium)
Can Beer (r/a leg-spin)
The Hundred Draft – Live will be displayed on Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event & Sky One from 7pm.
It will also be available through Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube stations, in addition to dwell on the Sky Sports program and streamed skysports.com.
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