The Hundred: Rashid Khan picked first by Trent Rockets in draft
West Indies legend Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga miss out on selection
By Oli Burley
Last Updated: 21/10/19 10:33am
Afghanistan's Rashid Khan made history by becoming the first player picked in the inaugural draft for next year's new competition The Hundred.
The spinner, who had a reserve price of £100k, was selected in the top-tier bracket of £125k by Trent Rockets coach Stephen Fleming.
But West Indies legend Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga will play no part in the tournament, which begins in July 2020, after failing to be picked in the first two rounds of selections.
Khan will team up with England Test skipper Joe Root, Alex Hales, Harry Gurney and Australian D'Arcy Short at the Nottinghamshire-based outfit.
Southern Brave, second to pick in the draft, selected West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell - who earlier this year was named as the MVP in the IPL - and Australian David Warner.
Fellow opener Aaron Finch went third to Northern Superchargers where he will play alongside England all-rounder Ben Stokes.
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There is an Anglo-Aussie tie-up at Welsh Fire too, where left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc will team up with Jonny Bairstow.
West Indies spinner and potential top-order blaster Sunil Narine will ply his trade with Oval Invincibles, while Manchester Originals also went for a spinner in the shape of Pakistan's Imran Tahir even though the 40-year-old had a reserve price of £60k.
England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, one of London Spirit's icon players, will team up with Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.
Birmingham Phoenix, who had the last pick in the opening exchange, opted for Lancashire's Liam Livingstone, who had a reserve price of £60k but will now earn £125k across the five-week competition.
The £125k men (England-qualified players in bold):
Rashid Khan, D'Arcy Short (Trent Rockets), Andre Russell, David Warner (Southern Brave), Aaron Finch, Mujeeb Ur-Rahman (Northern Superchargers), Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith (Welsh Fire), Sunil Narine, Jason Roy (Oval Invincibles), Imran Tahir, Dane Vilas (Manchester Originals), Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan (London Spirit), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali (Birmingham Phoenix).
The £100k men
Lewis Gregory, Alex Hales (Trent Rockets), Liam Dawson, James Vince (Southern Brave), Chris Lynn, Adil Rashid (Northern Superchargers), Colin Ingram, Tom Banton (Welsh Fire), Sam Billings, Sandeep Lamichhane (Oval Invincibles), Phil Salt, Tom Abell (Manchester Originals), Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Amir (London Spirit), Kane Williamson, Ravi Bopara (Birmingham Phoenix).
The £75k men
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Harry Gurney (Trent Rockets), Shadab Khan, Chris Jordan (Southern Brave), Adam Lyth, David Willey (Northern Superchargers), Ben Duckett, Ravi Rampaul (Welsh Fire), Rilee Rossouw, Tom Curran (Oval Invincibles), Matt Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood (Manchester Originals), Roelof van der Merwe, Mark Wood (London Spirit), Benny Howell, Tom Helm (Birmingham Phoenix).
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