Kieron Pollard was taken with the first pick of The Hundred men’s draft, while England Women’s opener Tammy Beaumont joined Welsh Fire as their new captain as teams boosted their playing squads ahead of the 2022 tournament.
The 2022 men’s draft saw a total of 585 players registered, but there were only 42 remaining spots to fill across the squads for the second season of the 100-ball tournament. This is due to over 150 men’s and women’s players from 2021 having already been retained by their teams on ‘Deadline Day’ in February.
Notable names that went unpicked in Tuesday’s draft include Australia’s David Warner, Pakistan’s Babar Azam – the No 1 ranked T20 batsman in the world – and legendary West Indies opener Chris Gayle.
New signings for the women’s competition, which does not have a draft system, were also unveiled on Tuesday, with Australian World Cup winners Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Alana King and Megan Schutt, along with New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr, South Africa’s Mignon du Preez and West Indies’ Deandra Dottin among the new overseas signings announced.
Lanning and King team up again with Trent Rockets along with Du Preez, Haynes joins Beaumont in Wales, while Schutt lands at Lord’s with London Spirit, as does Kerr. Dottin, meanwhile, moves from the Spirit to Manchester Originals for the 2022 tournament.
The Spirit had the coveted first pick of the men’s draft as a result of finishing bottom of the standings last year and selected Pollard at the highest reserve price of £125,000. As the first round continued, fellow Windies stars Andre Russell landed with Manchester Originals, Dwayne Bravo with Northern Superchargers and Sunil Narine re-signed with Oval Invincibles.
Also taken in the first round were Australia’s Matthew Wade and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock, who landed with Birmingham Phoenix and Southern Brave, respectively, while with Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis also joins up with the Brave, the defending men’s champions from 2021.
Among the domestic talent snapped up early on, Nottinghamshire batsman Joe Clarke was taken by Welsh Fire with the second overall pick, while England-capped Tom Banton ends up back with the Fire, who he played for in 2021, and Liam Dawson joins the Spirit. Fast bowler Olly Stone, also capped at international level, was picked up by the Phoenix in the second round.
In the women’s competition, joining Beaumont among the biggest-name domestic movers is her oft-international opening partner, Lauren Winfield-Hill, who moves from Northern Superchargers to reigning champions Oval Invincibles. England left-armer Phoebe Graham also leaves the Leeds-based Superchargers, crossing the Pennines to Manchester Originals, while Fran Wilson and Alex Hartley join up with Beaumont in Cardiff.
Beaumont said of her move: “I’m beyond excited to be leading Welsh Fire this summer.
“I loved my time with London Spirit but the opportunity to captain Welsh Fire was something I couldn’t turn down.
“We are building a really talented squad, full of world class players and we can’t wait to get out in front of our amazing fans in Cardiff and put on a show.”
Sanjay Patel, managing director of The Hundred said: “With a host of star players confirmed, The Hundred will have fans on the edge of their seats with world class sport, as well as bringing more family-friendly entertainment off the pitch.”
Elsewhere in the men’s draft, a pair of leg-spinners were snapped up in the second round as the Fire claimed Australian Adam Zampa at £100,000 and the Originals added Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga to their overseas contingent.
As the draft continued, with players available to be signed at seven different salary bands down to £30,000, Pakistan veteran left-arm quick Wahab Riaz was snapped up by the Superchargers for £75,000, while fellow countryman, the 19-year-old tearaway Naseem Shah joins the Fire for £60,000. Matthew Fisher – recently capped by England on the Test tour of the West Indies – was taken for £50,000 by Birmingham.
Following the men’s draft, each side is still to make two further picks, which will be confirmed in June. One of which is a further overseas wildcard player, as well as the Vitality wildcard where teams will select an additional player for a £30,000 slot based on the strength of their domestic performances during the early part of the summer.
Here’s how the squads look after draft day…
Italics = Player added in Tuesday’s draft
England centrally-contracted Test players: Chris Woakes, Jack Leach
Overseas players: Matthew Wade (Australia), Adam Milne (New Zealand), Kane Richardson (Australia)
Rest of squad: Liam Livingstone, Olly Stone, Moeen Ali, Benny Howell, Tom Abell, Matthew Fisher, Will Smeed, Chris Benjamin, Miles Hammond, Graeme van Buuren, Henry Brookes
Women’s squad: Amy Jones, Sophie Devine (O), Ellyse Perry (O), Georgia Elwiss, Kirstie Gordon, Issy Wong, Eve Jones, Emily Arlott, Gwen Davies, Abtaha Maqsood, Ria Fackrell, Phoebe Franklin, Sophie Molineux, Sterre Kalis
(O) = Overseas player
England centrally-contracted Test players: Zak Crawley, Mark Wood
Overseas players: Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Riley Meredith (Australia)
Rest of squad: Liam Dawson, Eoin Morgan, Jordan Thompson, Mason Crane, Dan Lawrence, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Chris Wood, Adam Rossington, Ravi Bopara, Blake Cullen, Brad Wheal
Women’s squad: Heather Knight, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Danielle Gibson, Amara Carr, Naomi Dattani, Grace Scrivens, Alice Monaghan, Beth Mooney (O), Amelia Kerr (O), Megan Schutt (O), Sophie Luff
England centrally-contracted Test players: Jos Buttler, Ollie Robinson
Overseas players: Andre Russell (West Indies), Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka), Sean Abbott (Australia)
Rest of squad: Laurie Evans, Phil Salt, Daniel Worrall, Matt Parkinson, Jamie Overton, Tom Hartley, Tom Lammonby, Colin Ackermann, Wayne Madsen, Fred Klaassen, Calvin Harrison
Women’s squad: Sophie Ecclestone, Lizelle Lee (O), Kate Cross, Emma Lamb, Ellie Threlkeld, Cordelia Griffith, Hannah Jones, Georgie Boyce, Laura Jackson, Deandra Dottin (O), Amy Satterthwaite (O), Ami Campbell, Phoebe Graham, Grace Potts
England centrally-contracted Test players: Ben Stokes
Overseas players: Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)
Rest of squad: Adil Rashid, David Willey, Harry Brook, Adam Hose, Brydon Carse, Matthew Potts, John Simpson, Roelof van der Merwe, Adam Lyth, Luke Wright, Callum Parkinson
Women’s squad: Jemimah Rodrigues (O), Alyssa Healy (O), Laura Wolvaardt (O), Linsey Smith, Alice Davidson-Richards, Hollie Armitage, Beth Langston, Katie Levick, Bess Heath, Kalea Moore, Liz Russell, Jenny Gunn, Lucy Higham
England centrally-contracted Test players: Sam Curran, Rory Burns
Overseas players: Sunil Narine (West Indies), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Hilton Cartwright (Australia)
Rest of squad: Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Will Jacks, Saqib Mahmood, Reece Topley, Danny Briggs, Matt Milnes, Jack Leaning, Jordan Cox, Nathan Sowter
Women’s squad: Dané van Niekerk (O), Marizanne Kapp (O), Natasha Farrant, Shabnim Ismail (O), Mady Villiers, Alice Capsey, Danielle Gregory, Grace Gibbs, Emma Jones, Lauren Winfield-Hill, Aylish Cranstone, Emily Windsor, Eva Gray, Kira Chathili
England centrally-contracted Test players: Jofra Archer
Overseas players: Quinton de Kock (South Africa), Marcus Stoinis (Australia), Tim David (Singapore)
Rest of squad: James Vince, Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan, George Garton, Alex Davies, Jake Lintott, Rehan Ahmed, Ross Whiteley, Craig Overton, Joe Weatherley, Dan Moriarty
Women’s squad: Danni Wyatt, Smriti Mandhana (O), Sophia Dunkley, Anya Shrubsole, Amanda-Jade Wellington (O), Maia Bouchier, Lauren Bell, Carla Rudd, Tara Norris, Paige Scholfield, Tahlia McGrath (O), Georgia Adams, Jo Gardner, Freya Kemp, Ella McCaughan
England centrally-contracted Test players: Joe Root, Dawid Malan
Overseas players: Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Marchant de Lange (South Africa)
Rest of squad: Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Alex Hales, Lewis Gregory, Ian Cockbain, Luke Wood, Samit Patel, Matt Carter, Steven Mullaney, Sam Cook, Luke Fletcher, Tom Moores
Women’s squad: Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Sarah Glenn, Kathryn Bryce, Abbey Freeborn, Meg Lanning (O), Mignon du Preez (O), Bryony Smith, Alana King (O), Marie Kelly, Sophie Munro, Alexa Stonehouse, Georgia Davis
England centrally-contracted Test players: Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope
Overseas players: Adam Zampa (Australia), David Miller (South Africa), Naseem Shah (Pakistan)
Rest of squad: Joe Clarke, Tom Banton, Ben Duckett, Jake Ball, David Payne, Sam Hain, Leus du Plooy, Matt Critchley, Ryan Higgins, Jacob Bethell, Josh Cobb
Women’s squad: Katie George, Hayley Matthews (O), Claire Nicholas, Georgia Hennessy, Alex Griffiths, Hannah Baker, Lauren Filer, Nicole Harvey, Tammy Beaumont, Rachael Haynes (O), Annabel Sutherland (O), Fran Wilson, Alex Hartley, Fi Morris, Sarah Bryce
Sky Sports will show every game of The Hundred live this summer, starting with the opening match on Wednesday August 3 between defending men’s champions Southern Brave and Welsh Fire at The Ageas Bowl.
The women’s competition begins a week later on Thursday August 11 following the conclusion of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where women’s cricket is making its debut.
Reigning champions Oval Invincibles will face Northern Superchargers in the opening women’s game in The Hundred, which will be the first men’s and women’s double-header of the 2022 competition.
Invincibles vs Superchargers will take the evening slot at The Kia Oval, after their respective men’s sides meet earlier in the afternoon in south London.
From then on, every matchday will see men’s and women’s fixtures on the same day, with every game available to watch live on Sky Sports.
Hundred Finals Day will take place at Lord’s on Saturday September 3.
Women’s matches to be played first unless otherwise stated
Wed Aug 3: Southern Brave vs Welsh Fire (7pm)*
Thu Aug 4: Oval Invincibles vs London Spirit (6.30pm)*
Fri Aug 5: Manchester Originals vs Northern Superchargers (6.30pm)*
Sat Aug 6: Trent Rockets vs Birmingham Phoenix (2.30pm)*
Sun Aug 7: Welsh Fire vs Oval Invincibles (2pm)*
Mon Aug 8: London Spirit vs Manchester Originals (6.30pm)*
Tue Aug 9: Northern Superchargers vs Trent Rockets (6.30pm)*
Wed Aug 10: Birmingham Phoenix vs Southern Brave (6.30pm)*
Thu Aug 11: Oval Invincibles vs Northern Superchargers (3pm and 6.30pm)**
Fri Aug 12: Southern Brave vs London Spirit (3pm and 6.30pm)
Sat Aug 13: Manchester Originals vs Trent Rockets (11am and 2.30pm)
Sat Aug 13: Welsh Fire vs Birmingham Phoenix (2.30pm and 6pm)
Sun Aug 14: Northern Superchargers vs London Spirit (11am and 2.30pm)
Sun Aug 14: Oval Invincibles vs Southern Brave (2.30pm and 6pm)
Mon Aug 15: Birmingham Phoenix vs Trent Rockets (3pm and 6.30pm)
Tue Aug 16: Manchester Originals vs Welsh Fire (3pm and 6.30pm)
Wed Aug 17: Trent Rockets vs Oval Invincibles (3.30pm and 7pm)
Thu Aug 18: Southern Brave vs Manchester Originals (3.30pm and 7pm)
Fri Aug 19: Birmingham Phoenix vs Northern Superchargers (3.30pm and 7pm)
Sat Aug 20: Trent Rockets vs London Spirit (3.30pm and 7pm)
Sun Aug 21: Northern Superchargers vs Manchester Originals (3.30pm and 7pm)
Mon Aug 22: Welsh Fire vs Southern Brave (3pm and 6.30pm)
Tue Aug 23: Oval Invincibles vs Birmingham Phoenix (3pm and 6.30pm)
Wed Aug 24: London Spirit vs Welsh Fire (3pm and 6.30pm)
Thu Aug 25: Southern Brave vs Trent Rockets (3.30pm and 7pm)
Fri Aug 26: Welsh Fire vs Northern Superchargers (3.30pm and 7pm)
Sat Aug 27: London Spirit vs Oval Invincibles (3.30pm and 7pm)
Sun Aug 28: Birmingham Phoenix vs Manchester Originals (3.30pm and 7pm)
Mon Aug 29: Trent Rockets vs Welsh Fire (3.30pm and 7pm)
Tue Aug 30: London Spirit vs Birmingham Phoenix (3pm and 6.30pm)
Wed Aug 31: Northern Superchargers vs Southern Brave (11.30am and 3pm)
Wed Aug 31: Manchester Originals vs Oval Invincibles (3pm and 6.30pm)
Fri Sep 2: Eliminator, Ageas Bowl (3pm and 6.30pm)
Sat Sep 3: Final, Lord’s (3pm and 6.30pm)
Sun Sep 4: Reserve day
* Men’s match only due to Commonwealth Games
** Women’s match to be played second