Smith, Warner among most expensive players in 'The Hundred' draft

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner have turned out to be the most expensive players of England's new cricket league, "The Hundred".

Only six carry the top tier £125,000 reserve, with Ashes adversaries Smith and Warner joined by compatriot Mitchell Starc, big-hitting West Indian batsman Chris Gayle, Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga and South African quick Kagiso Rabada. The tournament will be played by both men's and women's teams, that will include players from England along with global cricketers.

Meanwhile, the eight new city-based teams will play in The Hundred over five weeks in the summer of 2020.

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.

Twenty20 stalwarts Rashid Khan of Afghanistan and West Indian Andre Russell, with an identical 100,000 pounds reserve price, are among 239 players from outside the United Kingdom to enter the draft. The first auction of the new English cricket league will take place on Sunday.

Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett, part of England's triumphant World Cup campaign, are available at £60,000 and £50,000 respectively, with Liam Livingstone, Samit Patel and Joe Denly joining Wood in the higher bracket. Smith helped Australia care for the Ashes in England closing month whereas Warner persevered a unhappy series, managing exact one fifty in 5 Assessments.

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