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Pollard, Warner among top draft picks for The Hundred

  • Published at 06:54 pm February 24th, 2021
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Kieron Pollard and David Warner

The ECB has invested heavily in The Hundred, a competition it believes will attract younger audiences to the sport

Welsh Fire added big-hitting West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard to their squad while Southern Brave signed up Australia opener David Warner for The Hundred, the England and Wales Cricket Board's franchise-based league which begins in July.

The eight men's teams collectively added 35 players from a pool of more than 500 overseas and English cricketers to their rosters following the draft, details of which the ECB released Tuesday.

All teams now have one wild card pick each to fill their final slots in June.

West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran was the men's first pick in the draft and he was joined in the Manchester Originals squad by South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada.

A further eight English and eight Australian women's players were announced for the women's tournament, including Meg Lanning (Welsh Fire), Sophie Molineux (Trent Rockets) and Alyssa Healy (Northern Superchargers).

England and Wales Cricket Board have long insisted the Hundred, which they hoped to launch off the back of England's 2019 World Cup triumph, would attract a new audience to the game

Posted by Sports Tribune on Friday, 1 May 2020

The women did not have a draft, with teams set to continue filling their squads over the coming months.

The ECB has invested heavily in The Hundred, a competition it believes will attract younger audiences to the sport. 

Matches will comprise 100 balls per innings with a change of ends after 10 deliveries.

The launch of the inaugural edition was postponed last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The women's competition will mark the start of The Hundred with Oval Invincibles meeting Manchester Originals on July 21, a day before the men's teams face off.

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