Rashid Khan, Andre Russell, Mitchell Starc among Top Hundred Picks


There were big-name omissions, surprise picks and several bumper paydays for local players as the draft for the Hundred took place in London.

Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan legspinner, was the first name selected in what is a ground-breaking exercise in British sport, while Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga were among the top-bracket overseas stars to be overlooked in the opening round.

With England Test players and a pair of 'local icons' already selected earlier this month, the eight teams each had to fill 12 more spots in their squads for next year's inaugural competition.

The format allowed 100 seconds for the team management to settle on their choices, with the Trent Rockets kicking things off by taking Rashid.

West Indies allrounder Andre Russell was second out of the hat, selected by Southern Brave, followed by Aaron Finch going to the Northern Superchargers and Mitchell Starc to Welsh Fire.

Australia players were popular - the Future Tours Programme leaves them available for the whole of the Hundred - with Steven Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and D'Arcy Short all among those taken at £125,000 (USD161,000).

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