Cricket-Smith, Gayle among most expensive players in ‘The Hundred’ draft – Sport

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner and West Indies starter Chris Gayle are among the most expensive players in Sunday's draft for the new national tournament The Hundred

Smith helped Australia retain the ashes in England last month, while Warner endured a miserable series, achieving only fifty in five tests.

Paceman Mitchell Starc, who played only one test in that series, is the third Australian in the six-man group that will have a reserve price of 125,000 pounds ($ 159,400), the ECB said in a statement.

Lasith Malinga, from Sri Lanka, and sprinter Kagiso Rabada, from South Africa, are the other players in first place in the inaugural edition of the 100-ball competition, which will be played in July-August next year.

Five of the eight sides based in the city will have an Australian in charge of Shane Warne, Darren Lehmann and Tom Moody among them. None of the men's teams have a local coach.

Twenty20 unconditional Rashid Khan from Afghanistan and the West Indies Andre Russell, with an identical reserve price of 100,000 pounds, are among the 239 players from outside the UK entering the draft. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir also has a reserve price of £ 100,000, according to Geo News.

The winners of the England World Cup Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett lead the 331 national players who have submitted their names for the draft.

"The teams will select 12 players at night, with a maximum of three selections abroad, which will join the players and local icons hired with the England red ball already announced," the ECB said in a statement.



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