The men’s squads for 2021 edition of The Hundred – the ECB’s new 100-ball competition featuring teams from seven cities – are almost complete after the likes of David Warner and Kieron Pollard were signed up at the draft.
More than 500 domestic and overseas players entered Monday’s draft, with a total of 35 stars securing contracts to play in the inaugural running of The Hundred.
Most of the squads have stayed the same since last year when the tournament was scheduled to take place before the coronavirus pandemic.
But the draft took place on Monday to finalise the squads and Shakib Al Hasan, Babar Azam, Quinton De Kock, Lockie Ferguson, Jason Holder and Tamim Iqbal were among the players to miss out.
In the women’s competition, Australians Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy were all unveiled as new signings, but the women’s squads will not be finalised until nearer to the tournament.
Manchester Originals had ten slots to fill and opted for West Indies star Nicholas Pooran and South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada as two of their marquee signings.
Northern Superchargers picked up England quick Olly Stone and local players Matthew Fisher and Harry Brook, while Welsh Fire won the race to sign Windies all-rounder and T20 gun Pollard.
Australian bowler and IPL 2021 signing Jhye Richardson is also heading to Cardiff, while London Spirit – who will be based at Lord’s and coached by Australia legend Shane Warne – picked up Ravi Bopara and Chris Wood.
David Warner will be joining the likes of Jofra Archer, Andre Russell and Marcus Stoinis at Southern Brave, who will be coached by Sri Lanka legend and IPL winner Mahela Jayawardene.
Oval Invincibles added Saqib Mahmood, Colin Ingram, Brandon Glover and Jordan Clark to their squad, while Trent Rockets – now coached by Andy Flower after Stephen Fleming pulled out – signed up Timm van der Gugten and Samit Patel.
Birmingham Phoenix, meanwhile, bolstered their squad with the signings of Tom Abell, Daniel Bell-Drummond and Miles Hammond.
Each team will be able to sign one more player in the period between the end of this summer’s T20 Blast tournament and the start of The Hundred.
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