Australians dominate the most expensive overseas player’s list for England and Wales Cricket Board’s inaugural The Hundred professional cricket league. There are three Australians – Steven Smith, David Warner, and Mitchel Starc – among the six players with the highest base price of £ 125,000.
Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga, West Indies great Chris Gayle and rising South African pace sensation Kasigo Rabada are the other three.
It will be interesting to see whether Gayle and Malinga will be able to find a buyer during the draft slated for Sunday (October 19) at the base price they have opted for.
Gayle, in particular, has seen the disappointment in the Indian Premier League when he did not find a bidder in the last two editions of the richest cricket league in the world. He was only acquired at base-priced by Kings XI Punjab. His latest performance for Jamaica Tallawahs had more occasional signs of strength than the desired consistency, which might not go down well with The Hundred teams.
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir, and New Zealand’s speedster Trent Boult were some of the other oversees players in the draft. The trio has agreed to go to the draft for a base price of £100,00.
The other prominent players in the £ 100,000 base price also include Nepalese tweaker Sandeep Lamichhane. Shakib al Hassan (Bangladesh), Mohd Amir (Pakistan), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Cock (both South Africa), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Glenn Mexwell (Australia), Sunil Narine (West Indies) have made the list of the 17 players with £100,000 prize purse.
A total of 570 players will be in the men’s draft, including 239 overseas players.
The first auction will take place on Sunday.
Eight teams will compete at the inaugural 100-ball competition, to be held from July 17 to August 16 next year.