Afghanistan star Rashid Khan became the first player selected in The Hundred draft, but West Indies legend Chris Gayle wasn’t selected for next year’s tournament, reports AFP.
Rashid has enjoyed a superb start to his international career, with 81 wickets at 12.03 in Twenty20 making him ideal for the new eight-team UK-based competition featuring 100 balls per innings.The 21-year-old spinner was made the first overall pick by the Trent Rockets on Sunday.
West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell went next to the Southern Brave, with Australia batsman Aaron Finch third to the Leeds-based Northern Superchargers as the first-round picks came thick and fast.
Gayle was not among them and, with players not eligible to be selected if they failed to make their allotted price point, the 37-year-old will be absent from the competition. Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga and South African paceman Kagiso Rabada were also unpicked. The majority of England’s one-day international players had already been allocated to teams before the draft.
Each team had two picks in the first round, except the Phoenix, Spirit and Oval Invincibles who had allocated the second spots in the £125,000 price band
to “local icon” players. The Welsh Fire selected Australia duo Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith,
with the Invincibles adding West Indies spinnerSunil Narine to the pre-selected Jason Roy.