Er. Could somebody WhatsApp Chris Gayle and deliver him our commiserations…?
Such could be the message gleaned from the ECB that weekend ought to the live draft for The Hundred of Sunday mirror the version undertaken by journalists at Lords on Wednesday.
Gayle was the casualty of the dream draft, as media teams road-tested technology and the laptops to be used in Sky Studios on Sunday for the true thing.
However he wasnt the only player with a top-tier reserve price of #125k to overlook choice – Lasith Malinga left by the wayside despite a dire flurry early on to snap up premier bowlers – while at reduced cost mounts Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir and Faf du Plessis proved surplus to requirements.
Each media group of two, representing one of the eight teams in The Hundred, had up to 100 seconds to produce their group selections and Trent Rockets – with the honour of first select in a pre-drawn sequence – wasted little time in bagging mystery spinner Rashid Khan.
Sky Sports Cricket (Oli Burley along with David Currie) were tasked with constructing Welsh Fire to a formidable proposal – possibly as one of the great, great grandfathers chiselled a dwelling from the mines and the other had formerly been on a stag do in Cardiff.
However, our awareness of affinity into the jet-red outfit boasting Jonny Bairstow and neighborhood star players Tom Banton and Colin Ingram grew as our urge to scupper our competitions by nicking and second-guessing their aims.
The precariousness of the job quickly became evident as Southern Brave, took left-armer Mitchell Starc, number one on our wish-list however, Kagiso Rabada and Kane Williamsons services were secured. The subsequent inclusion of left-armer Shaheen Afridi provided a thrilling potential on the bench to some crucial assortment with Henry Brookes.
So Matt Critchley obtained an early chuckle Will Beer supplying cover 35, given the short straight boundaries at Cardiff a factor, choosing two spinners within an XI felt like a luxury. The choice of wicketkeeper Ben Cox could wait till the later rounds, awarded either Bairstow or even Banton could do a job with the gloves.
Therefore Joe Clarke is on stand-by to measure in at the peak of the purchase Bairstow will be next summer, as a result of international obligations, is really a point.
Players at the drafts positioning supposed that Welsh Fire did no business in Round 2, the 100k bracket, therefore we all could do was sit back and watch because the likes of Quinton de Kock and Imran Tahir went elsewhere.
But thats the beauty of picking on your team as part of a draft rather than in isolation – which you can perform on the official The Hundred site .
Since his co-coaches and Welsh Fires Gary Kirsten will find out on Sunday, the strategies and hopes are far from ensured from coming into fruition, but therein lies the battle. Itll be compelling watching.
Tom Banton (r/h opening batsman)
Jonny Bairstow (r/h top-order batsman)
Kane Williamson (r/h top-order batsman, abroad )
Colin Ingram (l/h top-order batsman)
Laurie Evans (r/h top-order batsman)
Colin Ackerman (r/h batsman, r/a off-spin)
Samit Patel (r/h batsman, l/a spin)
Liam Plunkett (r/a quick bowler, r/h batsman)
Matt Critchley (r/a leg-spin)
Kagiso Rabada (r/a fast bowler, overseas)
Shaheen Afridi (l/a fast bowler, abroad )
Joe Clarke (r/h batsman)
Ben Cox (wicketkeeper, r/h batsman)
Henry Brookes (r/a fast-medium)
Can Beer (r/a leg-spin)
The Hundred Draft – Live will be shown on Sky Sports Cricket, Sky One, Main Event & from 7pm.
It will also be available through Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube stations, as well as dwell on the Sky Sports program and streamed on skysports.com.