Ben Foakes and Saqib Mahmood among stars hoping to be picked up at Hundred re-draft with 35 places up for grabs.. and pair could even be handed more lucrative contracts than their pre-Covid deals
- The Hundred re-draft will take place on February 22 with 35 places to be filled
- England internationals Ben Foakes and Saqib Mahmood among those available
- ECB’s 100-ball tournament was delayed by 12 months due to Covid pandemic
England internationals Ben Foakes and Saqib Mahmood are among those players hoping to be picked up at the Hundred re-draft later this month.
Following the closure of the retention window – during which the eight teams offered deals to those individuals they wanted to keep – there are 35 places available for the ECB’s new 100-ball competition.
They will be filled on February 22 at a virtual draft with the full 15-man squads set to be made public the following day.
Ben Foakes will be hoping to be picked up at the virtual Hundred re-draft later this month
Manchester Originals released local icon Saqib Mahmood as well as their overseas players
As revealed by Sportsmail, Manchester Originals will be the busiest of the teams by far, with 10 free slots, having dumped all three of their overseas players – Imran Tahir, Dan Christian and Mitchell Santner – in addition to releasing local icon Mahmood.
While the initial draft forced teams to choose two local icons, that feature has not been retained and Trent Rockets have also let the injured Harry Gurney go.
It might be that Foakes, who is set to return to Test action with England in India later this month, and Mahmood are picked up on more favourable terms this time than the £48,000 and £60,000 deals they were on respectively.
Following a solid Big Bash season with Adelaide Strikers, Danny Briggs is another who will feel confident of bettering the £24,000 contract he held with Welsh Fire.
Colin Ingram no longer qualifies as a local following the end of Kolpak players in county cricket
Those to have lost out during the retention window include South Africans Dane Vilas and Colin Ingram, who no longer qualify as locals following the end of Kolpak players in county cricket, plus Sussex’s Ravi Bopara and Somerset captain Tom Abell, both of whom held £80,000 contracts.
Manchester will get first and fourth picks while the Fire will go second as they look to replace Australian duo Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc.
Complications with their availability – Cricket Australia are not keen on multi-format players participating – led to their release.
Australian stars Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc have both been released by Welsh Fire
Southern Brave are the other team to get one of the two first-round picks after persuading Marcus Stoinis – a replacement for David Warner, who pulled out last year – to accept a round-two salary. West Indies star Andre Russell, their first pick in October 2019, remains.
Australian white-ball specialists Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch and Adam Zampa are all confirmed for the 100-ball tournament delayed by 12 months due to the Covid pandemic along with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
Those wanting to be considered for the new selection process must notify the ECB by February 15, with the most coveted overseas players, from which Originals head coach Simon Katich will get first option, likely to include West Indies trio Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard, South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and New Zealand’s rising star Kyle Jamieson.
Meanwhile, the world’s number one-ranked Twenty20 batsman Dawid Malan (Trent Rockets) and Joe Clarke (Manchester) have negotiated salary increases from £32,000 to £60,000 during the window.
The world’s highest ranked T20 batsman Dawid Malan batsman has increased his salary
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