The Hundred 2022 draft was held on April 5 and it featured some of the renowned overseas cricketers, centrally contracted England players as well as the emerging county cricketers from the country. After the inaugural edition of The Hundred turned out to be a huge success last year, the 2022 season promises to be even better.
The retention window ran until the middle of February. As far as the draft system is concerned, all the eight participating teams made the most of their chances when it came to the picks. As per the rule, the team that had finished last in the previous season, which was London Spirit, made the first draft pick and it happened to be the big one as they welcomed West Indies power-hitter Kieron Pollard on board. According to reports by BBC, the “outcome of the draft will be revealed on 6 April, alongside a number of signings for the women’s Hundred”.
Meanwhile, The Hundred 2022 will also see some of the best foreign players making a mark for their respective franchises, and these eminent names include the likes of Pollard, Faf du Plessis, and Rashid Khan, Shadab Khan, Nicholas Pooran, to name a few.
Spirit got the services of Kieron Pollard, who would miss the majority of the tournament due to his national commitments and the Caribbean Premier League. They tried to sign Sunil Narine but the Right to Match card was used by Oval Invincibles to claim Narine back.
Liam Dawson was also signed by Spirit for 125K Euros. Glenn Maxwell and Eoin Morgan would take care of the middle order, with Morgan leading the side.
In bowling, they got the services of Australian pacer Riley Meredith who will partner with Mark Wood. They also got Jordan Thompson who is a promising allrounder with a T20 strike rate of 165. Daniel Bell-Drummond was also signed as a backup opener for Zak Crawley. While Chris Wood provides a left-arm angle.
Retained: Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan (£100k), Mason Crane, Dan Lawrence (£60k), Adam Rossington, Ravi Bopara (£40k), Blake Cullen, Brad Wheal (£30k), Zak Crawley, Mark Wood (England Test contracts)
Draft Picks: Kieron Pollard (£125,000 ), Liam Dawson (£125,000 ), Riley Meredith (£75,000), Jordan Thompson (£75,000) .
The defending champions didn’t have to do a lot of work in the drafts as they already had a pretty settled side. They did spring a surprise though when they picked up young U-19 English leg spinner, Rehan Ahmed. Their other signings were Joe Weatherley who could be a good middle-order batter and Dan Moriarty who can provide the spin-bowling backup option.
Retained: Marcus Stoinis (£125k), James Vince, Tymal Mills (£100k), Chris Jordan, George Garton (£75k), Alex Davies, Jake Lintott (£60k), Tim David (£50k), Ross Whiteley, Craig Overton (£40k), Jofra Archer (England Test contract)
Draft Picks: Quinton de Kock (£125k), Rehan Ahmed (£50,000), Joe Weatherley and Dan Moriarty (£ 30,000)
Joe Clarke and Tom Banton were their highest-paid signings in the draft, as they focused on signing young players. They also got in Adam Zampa and David Miller both of whom are expected to play the full season. One of these two could also lead the side. Jacob Bethell, the U-19 star of the English side was also picked keeping in mind the future. Naseem Shah was also signed. But his availability is also a concern.
Retained: Ben Duckett (£100k), Jake Ball (£75k), David Payne (£60k), Leus du Plooy (£50k), Ryan Higgins, Matt Critchley (£40k), Josh Cobb (£30k), Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope (England Test contracts)
Draft Picks: Joe Clarke ( £125k), Adam Zampa (£100,000), David Miller ( £75,000), Naseem Shah (£60,000), Sam Hain (£50,000) and, Jacob Bethell (£30,000)
They went for hard-hitting batters, they tried to get in Quinton de Kock and Tom Banton but had to ultimately sign Tom Kohler-Cadmore. They also picked up Colin Munro who is likely to be available throughout the tournament, and Ian Cockbain. Cockbain is unlikely to start as Joe Root is likely to start for the Rockets. Luke Fletcher was their final signing of the day.
Retained: Rashid Khan (£125k), Alex Hales, Lewis Gregory (£100k), Marchant de Lange, Luke Wood (£60k), Samit Patel, Matt Carter (£50k), Steven Mullaney, Sam Cook (£40k), Tom Moores (£30k), Joe Root, Dawid Malan (England Test contracts)
Draft Picks: Tom Kohler-Cadmore (£125,000), Ian Cockbain (£75,000), Colin Munro (£75,000), Luke Fletcher (£30,000)
Originals signed four players in the draft. They got Andre Russell and Laurie Evans for 125K Euros. They also got Wanindu Hasaranga, the Sri Lankan leg spinner who has had a pretty good IPL so far. His availability may be a concern, though, as Sri Lanka has a series lined up when The Hundred is scheduled. Sean Abbott was signed as the death bowler. He is the leading wicket-taker in the Big Bash League.Daniel Worrall was also signed, the most surprising signing by the team as he doesn’t really have had a good time in the Big Bash League recently nor in the Blast T20 league.
Retained: Phil Salt (£100k), Matt Parkinson (£75k), Jamie Overton (£60k), Tom Hartley, Tom Lammonby (£50k), Colin Ackermann, Wayne Madsen (£40k), Fred Klaassen, Calvin Harrison (£30k), Jos Buttler, Ollie Robinson (England Test contracts)
Draft Picks: Andre Russell (£125,000), Wanindu Hasaranga (£100,000), Daniel Worrall (£75,000), Sean Abbot (£60,000), Laurie Evans (£125,000)
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The team focused on getting in bowlers after their team’s dismal performance in the death overs. They signed Dwayne Bravo and Wahab Riaz as their death bowling options. Faf du Plessis missed the last season due to a concussion but he returns for this season and he is likely to lead the side. Roelof van der Merwe and Luke Wright were also signed by the team, both of them would bring experience to the side. Adam Hose was also signed who too missed the last season due to an injury. He is a versatile batter who can bat at the top and in the middle.
Retained: Adil Rashid (£125k), David Willey, Faf du Plessis (£100k), Harry Brook (£75k), Brydon Carse (£60k), Matty Potts, John Simpson (£50k), Adam Lyth (£40k), Callum Parkinson (£30k), Ben Stokes (England Test contract)
Draft Picks: Adam Hose (£60,000), Dwayne Bravo (£125,000), Wahab Riaz (£75,000), Roelof van der Merwe (£40,000)
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They used their RTM to get Narine. They also roped in Rilee Rossouw and Hilton Cartwright. Cartwright comes with a 6- hitting reputation in the Big Bash League. Danny Briggs was an astute buy at 50k Euros, while Jack Leaning and Matt Milnes who were part of Kent’s T20 Blast-winning side were also bought. These two buys have captain Sam Billings’ fingerprints all over them.
Retained: Jason Roy (£125k), Sam Billings, Tom Curran (£100k), Will Jacks, Saqib Mahmood (£75k), Reece Topley (£60k), Jordan Cox, Nathan Sowter (£30k), Sam Curran, Rory Burns (England Test contracts)
Draft Picks: Sunil Narine (£125,000), Rilee Rossouw (£60,000), Danny Briggs (£50,000), Hilton Cartwright (£50,000), Matt Milnes (£40,000), Jack Leaning (£40,000)
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Matthew Wade was picked up as the opener, he is expected to be available for the whole tournament and is likely to open the innings with Will Smeed. They also picked Olly Stone. He is not expected to turn up for the English Test team so it should be expected that he plays the full season, his fitness permitting. They used their final overseas spot for Kane Richardson. They signed Graeme van Buuren who could be a solid backup all-rounder. Matthew Fisher was also added in the squad and he is expected to add firepower in the fast bowling department.
Retained: Liam Livingstone (£125k), Moeen Ali (£100k), Adam Milne, Benny Howell (£75k), Tom Abell (£60k), Will Smeed (£50k), Chris Benjamin, Miles Hammond (£40k), Henry Brookes (£30k)
Draft Picks: Matthew Wade (£125,000), Olly Stone (£100,000), Kane Richardson (£ 60,000), Matthew Fisher (£50,000), Graeme van Buuren (£30,000)