Er. Could somebody WhatsApp Chris Gayle and deliver him our commiserations…?
Such could be the message from the ECB this weekend ought to the live draft to Your Hundred of Sunday mirror the version undertaken by journalists on Wednesday in Lords.
Gayle has been the casualty of the dream draft, as media clubs road-tested technology and the notebooks to be used at Sky Studios on Sunday for the true thing.
However 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 desperate flurry early on to snap up premier bowlers – while at reduced price brackets Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir and Faf du Plessis proved surplus to requirements.
Each media group of two, representing among the eight teams in The Hundred, needed up to 100 seconds to make their team selections and Trent Rockets – together with the honor of first select in 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 proposition – presumably as one of the great, great grandfathers chiselled a dwelling from the plantations and the other had formerly been around a stag do in Cardiff.
Though, our awareness of affinity to the outfit boasting Jonny Bairstow and star players Tom Banton and Colin Ingram grew as our desire to scupper our competitions by nicking and second-guessing their aims.
The precariousness of the task quickly became evident as left-armer Mitchell Starc, number one on our wish-list, was shot by Southern Brave however, the services of Kagiso Rabada along with Kane Williamson were immediately secured. Left-armer Shaheen Afridis inclusion offered some amount with Henry Brookes a thrilling prospect on the seat.
So Matt Critchley got a historical nod Will Beer providing cover 35, given the short right bounds at Cardiff a variable, picking two frontline spinners within an XI felt like a luxury. Wicketkeeper Ben Coxs choice may wait till the subsequent rounds, given either Banton or Bairstow may perform a job with the gloves.
So Joe Clarke is to measure in on top of the order, quite how much Bairstow will probably be about next summer, because of international obligations, is a point.
Players in the drafts pre-ordained placement meant that Welsh Fire did no business in Round Two therefore we all could do was watch because the likes of Quinton de Kock and sit back and Imran Tahir moved elsewhere.
But that is the beauty of picking your team instead of in isolation – that you can do on the official The Hundred website here.
The plans and hopes are far from ensured from coming into fruition, but there lies the struggle as Welsh Fires Gary Kirsten and his co-coaches will find out on Sunday. 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 spin)
Liam Plunkett (r/a fast bowler, r/h batsman)
Matt Critchley (r/a leg-spin)
Kagiso Rabada (r/a fast 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)
Will Beer (r/a leg-spin)
The Hundred Draft – Live will be shown on Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket, Sky One Main Event & from 7pm.
It is going to also be accessible through Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube stations, as well as reside on the Sky Sports app and streamed skysports.com.
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