London: Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga, counted among the greats in the T20 format, did not find any takers in the inaugural player draft of England’s new competition — The Hundred — on Sunday.
Babar Azam, No. 1 batsman in T20Is, also went unsold. Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Quinton de Kock and Tamim Iqbal were the other missing big names.
Both Gayle and Malinga had set their base price at the maximum of £125,000, along with Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, David Warner and Kagiso Rabada and that meant they had to be bought in the first round of the draft, reports the ICC.
While Starc and Smith were bought by Welsh Fire, Warner was taken by Southern Brave. However, Gayle, Malinga and Rabada all missed out.
Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan was the first pick and was picked by Trent Rockets. He will play alongside England Test captain Joe Root, who described him as “one of the best players in the world”.
Other big names to be picked were Andre Russell (Southern Brave), Aaron Finch, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Northern Superchargers), Sunil Narine (Oval Invincibles), Imran Tahir, Dane Vilas (Manchester Originals), Glenn Maxwell (London Spirit), and Liam Livingstone (Birmingham Phoenix).
There were seven salary brackets — 125,000, 100,000, 75,000, 60,000, 50,000, 40,000 and 30,000 — that made for the seven rounds of two picks each.
A total of 570 players were included in the men’s draft — 239 overseas and 331 domestic players. In total 96 players were selected in the first major draft while 474 went unsold.
The Hundred is a 100-ball format that is set to be launched in July next year with the men’s and women’s tournaments to run concurrently over a five-week period.