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.
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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.
Bangladesh fast-bowling all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin is expected to miss the upcoming three-match T20I series against India, due to a back injury.
Bangladesh will play a three-match T20I series in India which commences on November 3.
Saifuddin was initially included in the 15-member squad for the T20I series against India, but the team management is now looking for a replacement as his latest scan reports aren’t encouraging in relation to his back issue.
”I don’t think he will be able to play [against India in the T20 series],” BCB’s chief selector Minhajul Abedin told Cricbuzz on Sunday. ”We will talk with Julian [physio] tomorrow to take a final decision, but what I understand is that it won’t be possible for him to take part in the T20 series.”
This back injury has been a lingering issue for Saifuddin who was forced to take painkillers during the course of the World Cup in England this year.
The 22-year-old has subsequently missed the tour of Sri Lanka and the T20I tri-series involving Zimbabwe and Afghanistan due to the same ailment. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is considering sending Saifuddin to England for further tests.
The 22-year-old has taken 12 wickets in 13 T20Is for the Tigers.