Cape Town - Australia legend Shane Warne suggested
Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga were not selected in the first edition of
The Hundred draft as they had over-priced themselves.
Both Gayle and Malinga had priced themselves in the top bracket of
£125 000 and Warne, who will be head coach of London Spirit in the
inaugural tournament, insists they would have been snapped up had their
price been even one step lower.
"I think they priced themselves wrong," Warne said.
"If they'd gone in at £100 000 and not £125 000, I think they'd have been picked up."
Northern Superchargers counterpart Darren Lehmann added: "It was a
tough one, they've been superstars for so long but then the next
generation is knocking on the door... you've only got two picks at
Afghanistan's Rashid Khan was the first pick of the draft with almost half of the other 'top bracket picks' being Australians.
England's player of the summer, Ben Stokes, who previously edged Test
captain Joe Root as the landmark pick of the Headingley side, believes
the competition represents a step up for the domestic calendar.
"Oh yes, 100 percent. Every game will be a big game,
with so many people watching and playing against the very best in the
world," said Stokes.
"It makes you a better cricketer when you’re exposed to better
players and I'm really looking forward to playing for the franchise.
"I think we look like the best team on paper as we've got all bases
covered: power, spin and Ben Foakes as keeper - he's the best in
Smith, who scored runs relentlessly in the recent Ashes series,
appeared via video link from Sydney to voice his approval of an
enterprise that has been greeted with mixed opinions in the UK.
"It's going to be exciting, the first ever 100-ball comp and I'm
looking forward to joining Jonny Bairstow and Mitchell Starc at the
"It's a bit different and it’ll be a learning curve for the first few games but it's exciting."