Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Babar, Rizwan go unsold at 2024 The Hundred Draft

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Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan went unsold at The Hundred 2024 player draft.

The draft saw as many as 32 men’s cricketers getting picked across eight teams which includes domestic and international players.

Babar and Rizwan along with Pakistan’s T20 captain Shaheen Afridi had registered for the draft at the last moment.

Meanwhile, Shaheen has been picked again by Welse Fire for £100,000. He had represented the franchise last year too.

Retired all-rounder Imad Wasim also returned to Trent Rockets for the £100,000 and ace pacer Naseem Shah was picked by Birmingham Phoenix for £125,000.

Other notable Pakistan stars – Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir were not picked by any of the franchises.

Among big international names, Jason Roy, David Warner, Tim David, and Shakib Al Hasan were not picked.

West Indies players were in high demand at the draft. Northern Superchargers picked Nicholas Pooran as the first signing of the draft. Andre Russell and Shimron Hetmyer will play for London Spirit, Kieron Pollard has joined Southern Brave and Rovman Powell was a top pick at Trent Rockets.

In the women’s draft, no Pakistan players were picked.

Australians were the players in most demand with the likes of Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Lauren Cheatle, Jess Jonassen, Sophie Molineux being picked in the auction.

Smriti Mandhana and Richa Ghosh were the two selected Indians in the draft.

Remember, earlier this month, 64 Pakistan cricketers, 59 men and five women, registered for 2024 The Hundred Draft.

Two Pakistan bowlers – Haris Rauf (Welsh Fire) and Usama Mir (Manchester Originals) were retained ahead of the draft.

It must be noted that the fourth edition of The Hundred is scheduled to kick off on July 23.

 


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