Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga were some of the big-name international to be overlooked in the opening round of the England Cricket Board’s The Hundred draft. 11 Bangladesh players had put their name on the draft list but none were picked in Sunday’s draft.
Due to the fact that overseas players could not be purchased below their base price, there were notable omission, with availability an issue for the 100-ball competition scheduled in July-August next year.
Alongside Gayle and Malinga, South Africa's Kagiso Rabada was overlooked in the £125,000 bracket, while the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Trent Boult missed out on the £100,000 slots.
Shakib, who has massive experience of playing in T20 tournaments all over the world, was thought to be a popular pick. However, Bangladesh’s Test series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand in July and August next year meant that he was almost certain to miss the tournament.
Rashid, the no. 1 Twenty20 bowler, was snared by Trent Rockets for the top price of £125,000.
Australian players dominated the first major player draft in British sport with batting mainstay Steve Smith and quick Mitchell Starc picked up by Welsh Fire for £125,000 each.