Sunil Narine

ECSTATIC: Prized asset Sunil Narine, seen here during this year’s Caribbean Premier League, was one of the few West Indians selected for the inaugural editon of cricket’s newest competition. —Photo: Ashley Allen/CPL T20/Getty Images

Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo were among a host of white ball stars who were ignored in the draft for cricket’s brand new competition The Hundred, yesterday. However, fellow West Indians Andre Russell and Sunil Narine went for top dollar, while Fabian Allen and Ravi Rampaul were the only other West Indians to be picked up. The tournament is a creation of the England and Wales Cricket Board and is a 100-ball tournament which will be played between July and August next year.

Overseas players were unable to be purchased below their base price which meant that Gayle, whose base was £125,000, Bravo (£100,000) and Pollard (£100,000) could not be picked up after the fourth round of the draft. Other notable overseas stars to miss out were Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and New Zealand’s Trent Boult. The governing body for cricket in India (BCCI) did not allow Indian players to enter the draft.


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