Deccan Gladiators, the latest team in the Abu Dhabi T10 league, made their presence felt in T10 draft by picking six-hitting machine and West Indies ODI and T20 captain Kieron Pollard, England speedster Tymal Mills to beef up their ranks.
Pollard is renowned for his ability to win matches single-handedly while Mills can bowl in excess of 150kph regularly.
Deccan also brought in entertaining Afghanistan wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad, who lit up the T10 League last year by scoring a whirlwind 74 off just 16 balls, and exciting Sri Lankan batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa after he enjoyed great success in a recent series against Pakistan.
Pakistani all-rounder Anwar Ali was picked to add to depth into the side as he joined all-rounders Ben Cutting and Anton Devcich, who both were retained.
The Gladiators ensured they picked top quality spinners as they roped in experienced Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmad and Afghanistan’s young Chinaman bowler Zahir Khan.
England’s young leg-spinner Mason Crane was brought in as third spinner in the squad.
In the UAE category, Deccan opted to pick fast-bowler Zahoor Khan and batsman Asif Khan while in the emerging round young exciting all-rounder Hemraj Chanderpaul was drafted after he enjoyed a good CPL which concluded recently.
Deccan Gladiators owner Gaurav Grover was ecstatic with the dynamic squad at their disposal.
“I am extremely proud of our team selection yesterday. After the addition of the new team members, our squad is now solid and complete. Deccan Gladiators is a powerful team, and we are entering this tournament with an unquenchable thirst for victory that will take us to the final stages. I am confident that their relentless practice and smart gameplay will make Deccan Gladiators the team to watch out for this season.” said Gaurav Grover, the owner of Deccan Gladiators after the exciting auction that got concluded yesterday.
The final squad for Deccan Gladiators is now: Shane Watson (C) – Australia, Ben Cutting – Australia, Anton Devcich – New Zealand, Kieron Pollard – West Indies, Tymal Mills – England, Zahir Khan – Afghanistan, Mohammed Shahzad (WK) – Afghanistan, Fawad Ahmed – Australia, Anwar Ali – Pakistan, Zahoor Khan – UAE, Asif Khan – UAE, Mason Crane – England, Bhanuka Rajapaksa – Sri Lanka, Chandrapaul Hemraj – West Indies
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The teams for the first edition of The Hundred were selected at Sunday night’s draft in London.
England’s man of the moment, Ben Stokes, who edged Test captain Joe Root as the landmark pick of the Headingley side, believes the competition represents a step up for the domestic calendar.
“It’s our change that we’ve put to the game of cricket,” said Stokes.
Root went even a step further saying that The Hundred model “has a chance to improve the Test game.”
West Indies star Chris Gayle was overlooked as the eight teams for next year’s inaugural season of The Hundred took shape in a televised player draft that saw Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan emerge as number one pick.
After months of talking and plenty of divided opinions, the new 100-ball domestic competition took shape in a live televised event where each of the city-based franchises filled out their rosters from a field of 571 names, in a studio setting that looked more like a prime-time quiz show than a traditional selection meeting.
But for all the showbiz trappings, Gayle’s A-list status was not enough to earn him one of the 96 contracts dished out on the night.
Teenager Phoebe Litchfield, who made an eye-catching Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) debut against Sydney Sixers last week, scored a match-winning unbeaten half-century against Brisbane Heat on Sunday, to become the youngest player in the history of the tournament to score a fifty.
At 16 years and 185 days, she broke the record earlier set by Hayley Matthews of the Hobart Hurricanes when she scored a fifty in the first edition of the tournament against the Melbourne Stars at the age of 17 and 275 days.
Lichfield shared an unbroken 97-run stand with veteran Alex Blackwell – who had made her Australian debut before her younger team-mate was even born – to help Sydney Thunder make short work of the 150-run target, winning with seven deliveries and seven wickets to spare.
Litchfield’s half-century came from 47 balls and it was a knock adorned with nine boundaries.
“It felt like a dream,” the Year 10 student said of her innings when speaking to cricket.com.au. “I was extremely nervous. Luckily I had Alex Blackwell to calm my nerves.
“They were very good bowlers and I just didn’t know what to do with them, so I was in a bit of a pickle. But we got there in the end.”
The Australian prodigy played as an underage player for the Cricket Australia XI in the U-18 National Female Championships in January 2019, finishing as the tournament’s leading run scorer with 348 runs.
She is also a member of Australia’s U-16 hockey team.