Er. Could somebody WhatsApp Chris Gayle and ship him our commiserations…?
Such may be the message emanating from the ECB this weekend should the live draft for Your Hundred of Sunday mirror that the version undertaken by journalists on Wednesday in Lords.
As societal clubs road-tested technologies and the laptops to be used for the actual thing, gayle has been the primary casualty of this dream draft.
But he was not the only participant with a top-tier book price of #125k to overlook selection – Lasith Malinga left by the wayside even though a desperate flurry early to snap highest bowlers – while in 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 at The Hundred, needed up to 100 seconds to create their group collections and Trent Rockets – together with the honour of first pick at a pre-drawn order – wasted 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 proposal – possibly as one of the great, excellent grandfathers chiselled a dwelling from the mines and another had once been on a stag do in Cardiff.
However, our sense of affinity to the jet-red outfit already boasting Jonny Bairstow and neighborhood celebrity players Tom Banton and Colin Ingram grew as our urge to scupper our competitions by nicking and second-guessing their aims.
The precariousness of the job became evident as Southern Brave, took number one on our wish-list, left-armer Mitchell Starc but Kagiso Rabada along with Kane Williamsons services were quickly secured. The subsequent addition of left-armer Shaheen Afridi offered some very important amount with Henry Brookes an exciting potential on the bench.
So Matt Critchley obtained an early nod Will Beer providing cover later on given the brief bounds at Cardiff a factor, picking two frontline spinners in an XI felt like a luxury. The choice of wicketkeeper Ben Cox may also wait till the subsequent rounds, awarded either Banton or Bairstow can do a job.
Therefore Joe Clarke is to step in at the top of the order quite how much Bairstow will probably be next summer, due to international commitments, is a point.
Players in the drafts pre-ordained placement supposed that Welsh Fire didnt business in Round 2, the 100k bracket, therefore all we could do was sit back and watch as the likes of Quinton de Kock and Imran Tahir moved elsewhere.
But that is the beauty of choosing your group as part of a draft rather than in isolation – which you can perform The Hundred site .
Since his co-coaches and Welsh Fires Gary Kirsten will find out on Sunday, the strategies and hopes are far from guaranteed from coming into fruition, but there lies the struggle. It will be compelling viewing.
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 spin)
Liam Plunkett (r/a fast bowler, r/h batsman)
Matt Critchley (r/a leg-spin)
Kagiso Rabada (r/a fast bowler, overseas)
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 available through Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube channels, as well as reside on the Sky Sports program and streamed on skysports.com.
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