The much-awaited 'The Hundred' Tournament a year away and the list of 165 overseas players registered for the draft has been unveiled. These players include some veterans of the games along with some stars of the T20 format. The draft will feature the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Shahid Afridi, which could make the competition in England more interesting. The event will take place on October 20 and players from 11 different countries have registered to participate in the event in 2020. Players like Andre Russell, Glenn Maxwell and Rashid Khan, who have proved their mettle in T20 leagues around the world, will also grace the gala-event. This means, a lot of action is lined up in England next year. Shane Warne Made Coach of Lord’s Based Team for Inaugural Edition of ‘The Hundred’ Cricket Tournament.
According to the reports of ESPNcricinfo, AB de Villiers, who earlier stated that he was open to playing in the competition, will not be participating in the inaugural edition due to other commitments. The tournament might consist of many T20 stalwarts around the world but the absence of De Villiers will certainly be felt. Indian players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will not be participating due to BCCI’s terms and conditions. Also, if Harbhajan Singh, who is the only Indian player in the draft list, might have to announce international retirement in order to participate in the tournament.
Eight players have set their base price at 125,000 which includes the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, and Chris Gayle. While, 17 visiting players which includes Andre Russell and Harbhajan Singh will step into the auction at a price of 100, 000 pounds. ‘The Hundred’ is an initiative taken by the ECB in order to treat the cricket fans with the absolutely new version. The cricketers who will be playing the tournament have already shown their destruction in the T20 format and will also look to conquer this latest version of the game as well.