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The Hundred: Kieron Pollard, David Warner, Kagiso Rabada amongst high draft picks for ECB’s franchise-based league

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Welsh Hearth added big-hitting West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard to their squad whereas Southern Courageous signed up Australia opener David Warner for The Hundred, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s franchise-based league which begins in July.

The eight males’s groups collectively added 35 gamers from a pool of greater than 500 abroad and English cricketers to their rosters following the draft, particulars of which the ECB launched on Tuesday.

All groups now have one wild card choose every to fill their ultimate slots in June.

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“I can not wait to return and play in The Hundred, it is an thrilling new cricket competitors and I am actually happy to be a part of it,” quantity two choose Pollard mentioned in a press release.

“… With Jhye (Richardson) becoming a member of as nicely, I feel this Welsh Hearth crew has received some critical firepower in each bowling and batting line-ups, so I imagine we are able to placed on an actual present.”

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West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran was the lads’s first choose within the draft and he was joined within the Manchester Originals squad by South African quick bowler Kagiso Rabada.

An additional eight English and eight Australian ladies’s gamers have been introduced for the ladies’s match, together with Meg Lanning (Welsh Hearth), Sophie Molineux (Trent Rockets) and Alyssa Healy (Northern Superchargers).

The ladies didn’t have a draft, with groups set to proceed filling their squads over the approaching months.

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The ECB has invested closely in The Hundred, a contest it believes will appeal to youthful audiences to the game. Matches will comprise 100 balls per innings with a change of ends after 10 deliveries.

The launch of the inaugural version was postponed final 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ladies’s competitors will mark the beginning of The Hundred with Oval Invincibles assembly Manchester Originals on July 21, a day earlier than the lads’s groups face off.

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