ECB reveals details of historic ‘The Hundred’ ball cricket draft
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have revealed details of the men’s player draft for The Hundred, with each of the eight city-based franchises to have at least one England Test player in their squad.
The city-based teams are – Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and two in London (Lord’s and The Oval).
All franchises will be free to sign overseas cricketers alongside England’s Test and ODI cricketers.
Player registration for the draft will open in the middle of next week.
The first stage of the draft is scheduled to take place in the evening of October 20, 2019. By that time the team will select up to three players, one or two England Test contracted cricketers and two local icon players.
Each team is going to pick 12 players at the draft, with the two icon players, and one ‘wildcard’ cricketer, taking the total up to 15.
Before the draft, there will be a draw which will fix the order in which each team will pick their players. The first team drawn will select first in the opening round and last in the second round. Each team will have 100 seconds to pick each player.
Sanjay Patel, managing director of The Hundred said, “The men’s player draft will be a historic moment for the game, with fans able to find out which world-class players will be representing their team in The Hundred.”
“We are set to have eight brilliant, evenly matched new cricket teams that will inspire existing and new fans,” he said.
“It’s really exciting that we’ll have an open market system and that all of the teams will be recruiting their own players for the first time.”https://t.co/Cn91TSb7Ve
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) September 2, 2019