Er. Could someone WhatsApp Chris Gayle and send him our commiserations…?
Such may be the message emanating from the ECB that weekend should Sunday draft to The Hundred mirror that the version undertaken by journalists on Wednesday in Lords.
As media teams road-tested technology and the notebooks to be used for the real thing at Sky Studios on Sunday, gayle has been the casualty of the fantasy draft.
But he was not the only player with a top-tier book price of 125k to miss out on selection – Lasith Malinga also left by the wayside even though a dire flurry early on to snap up premier bowlers – while at reduced cost mounts Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir and Faf du Plessis proved surplus to requirements.
Each media team of two, representing among the eight teams at The Hundred, had up to 100 seconds to make their group collections and Trent Rockets – with the honour of first select at a pre-drawn sequence – wasted little time in bagging mystery spinner Rashid Khan.
Sky Sports Cricket (Oli Burley along with David Currie) were tasked with building Welsh Fire into a formidable proposition – presumably as one of the great, good grandfathers chiselled a living from the plantations and another had once been around a stag do in Cardiff.
Though, our awareness of affinity into the outfit boasting Jonny Bairstow and celebrity players Tom Banton and Colin Ingram grew as our desire to scupper our competitions by nicking and second-guessing their aims.
The precariousness of this job quickly became apparent as left-armer Mitchell Starc, number one in our wish-list, was obtained by Southern Brave however, the services of paceman Kagiso Rabada along with Kane Williamson were procured. Shaheen Afridis subsequent addition provided a thrilling potential on the bench to some critical number with Henry Brookes.
So Matt Critchley got an early nod with Will Beer providing cover later 35, given the straight boundaries at Cardiff a factor, choosing two spinners in an XI felt like a luxury. Wicketkeeper Ben Coxs choice could also wait till the later rounds, awarded either Banton or even Bairstow could do a job with the gloves.
Therefore Joe Clarke is to measure in on top of the purchase quite how much Bairstow will probably be around next summer, due to international commitments, is a point.
Icon players at the drafts pre-ordained placement supposed that Welsh Fire didnt company in Round 2 so all we could do was sit back and observe as the likes of Quinton de Kock and Imran Tahir proceeded everywhere.
But thats the beauty of picking your team as part of a draft instead of in isolation – that you can do to the official The Hundred site here.
As his co-coaches and Welsh Fires Gary Kirsten will find out on Sunday, the strategies and hopes are far from ensured from coming into fruition, but therein lies the struggle. Itll 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 twist )
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)
Can Beer (r/a leg-spin)
The Hundred Draft – Live will be displayed on Sky Sports Cricket, Main Event & Sky One from 7pm on Sunday.
It will also be accessible via Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube stations, as well as live on the Sky Sports program and streamed on skysports.com.
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