When ECB announced its new hundred ball tournament, many people were of the opinion that it won’t attract many players. However, with players like Babar Azam, Quinton de Kock, Jason Holder registering, it is one of the most awaited tournament. It was set to take place in 2020 but was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
David Warner, who initially opted against participating in the tournament has now enrolled himself after CA postponed their tour to South Africa. Along with Warner, Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Nicolas Pooran have also made themselves available. The outcome of the draft will be revealed on February 23. According to AFP, Warner has been placed in the highest price bracket of $139,000.
“We are delighted with the level of interest we’ve had from both overseas and domestic players.” There is a huge appetite to play in ‘The Hundred’ which is designed to open up cricket to more families and young people with fast world class action on the pitch and blockbuster entertainment of it. The calibre of the players involved means that it’s going to be an exciting men’ draft, said Rob Hillman, the ECB’s Director of Events Operations,
The eight franchises have already released the list of their retained and released player from the 2019 draft and will need to fill the 35 available slots. Out of this 35, only 7 are to be filled by the overseas players.