Er. Could somebody WhatsApp Chris Gayle and ship him our commiserations…?
Such may be the message from the ECB this weekend should the live draft to Your Hundred of Sunday mirror the version undertaken by journalists in Lords on Wednesday.
As societal clubs road-tested technology and the notebooks to be utilized for the actual thing gayle was the casualty of this dream draft.
But he was not the only player with a top-tier book price of #125k to miss out on selection – Lasith Malinga left by the wayside despite a dire flurry early to snap up premier bowlers – while in reduced cost mounts 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 generate their staff collections and Trent Rockets – with the honour of first pick in a pre-drawn order – wasted little time at bagging mystery spinner Rashid Khan.
Sky Sports Cricket (Oli Burley along with David Currie) were tasked with building Welsh Fire to a formidable proposition – possibly as one of our great, wonderful grandfathers chiselled a dwelling from the mines and the other had formerly been around a stag do in Cardiff.
Though, our sense of affinity to the outfit already boasting star players Tom Banton and Jonny Bairstow and Colin Ingram grew as our urge to scupper our competitions by second-guessing and nicking their aims.
The precariousness of this task quickly became apparent as Southern Brave, took left-armer Mitchell Starc, number one on our wish-list however, paceman Kagiso Rabada along with Kane Williamsons expert services were procured. The addition of left-armer Shaheen Afridi offered an exciting potential on the bench to some number with Henry Brookes.
So Matt Critchley got an early nod Will Beer providing cover later 35, given the brief bounds at Cardiff a variable, picking two spinners felt like a luxury. Wicketkeeper Ben Coxs choice may wait until the subsequent rounds, awarded either Bairstow or even Banton can do a job.
So Joe Clarke is on stand-by to step in at the top of the purchase Bairstow will probably be next summer, as a result of international obligations, is a moot point.
The positioning of superstar players in the draft supposed that Welsh Fire didnt company in Round 2, the #100k bracket, therefore all we could do was sit back and observe as the likes of Quinton de Kock and Imran Tahir proceeded elsewhere.
But that is the beauty of choosing your team rather than in isolation – which you can do on the official The Hundred website here.
Since his co-coaches and Welsh Fires Gary Kirsten will find out on Sunday, the best-laid plans and hopes are far from ensured from coming to fruition, but therein lies the battle. Itll be compelling viewing.
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 twist )
Liam Plunkett (r/a quick bowler, r/h batsman)
Matt Critchley (r/a leg-spin)
Kagiso Rabada (r/a quick bowler, abroad )
Shaheen Afridi (l/a fast bowler, overseas)
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 shown on Sky Sports Cricket, Sky One, Main Event & from 7pm on Sunday.
It is going to also be accessible through Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube stations, in addition to dwell on the Sky Sports program and streamed skysports.com.
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