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Chris Gayle misses out in The Hundred mock draft as Sky Sports picks Welsh Fire squad in warm-up

Er. Could somebody WhatsApp Chris Gayle and send him our commiserations…?
Such could be the concept gleaned from the ECB that weekend ought to the live draft to The Hundred of Sunday mirror the version undertaken by journalists on Wednesday in Lords.
Gayle has been the primary casualty of the fantasy draft, as societal clubs road-tested technologies and the laptops to be used at Sky Studios on Sunday for the real thing.
However he was not the only participant with a top-tier book price of 125k to overlook choice — Lasith Malinga also left by the wayside even though a desperate flurry early to snap highest bowlers — while in lower price brackets Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir and Faf du Plessis proved surplus to requirements.
Each media team of 2, representing among the eight teams at The Hundred, needed up to 100 seconds to make their staff collections and Trent Rockets — together with the honor of first pick at a pre-drawn order — wasted little time at bagging mystery spinner Rashid Khan.
Sky Sports Cricket (Oli Burley and David Currie) were tasked with constructing Welsh Fire to a formidable proposal — possibly as one of those great, great grandfathers chiselled a dwelling from the plantations and the other had once been on a stag do in Cardiff.
However, our sense of affinity into the outfit already boasting local icon players Tom Banton and Jonny Bairstow and Colin Ingram grew quickly as our desire to scupper our competitions by nicking and second-guessing their aims.
The precariousness of this task quickly became apparent as Southern Brave, took number one on our wish-list, left-armer Mitchell Starc however, Kagiso Rabada and Kane Williamsons expert services were secured. Shaheen Afridis inclusion provided some collection with Henry Brookes a thrilling potential on the seat.
So Matt Critchley acquired an early chuckle with Will Beer supplying cover on given the brief straight bounds at Cardiff a variable, choosing two spinners in an XI felt like a luxury. Wicketkeeper Ben Coxs choice may wait until the later rounds, given either Banton or even Bairstow can do a job.
So Joe Clarke is to measure in on top of the order, how much Bairstow will probably be next summer, due to international commitments, is a moot point.
Players at the drafts pre-ordained positioning meant that Welsh Fire did no business in Round 2 therefore we all could do was sit and watch as the likes of Quinton de Kock and Imran Tahir went elsewhere.
But thats the beauty of picking your team as part of a draft as opposed to in isolation — that you can perform on the official The Hundred site .
As his co-coaches and Welsh Fires Gary Kirsten will find out on Sunday, the best-laid plans and hopes are far from ensured from coming to fruition, but therein lies the battle. It will be compelling watching.
Tom Banton (r/h opening batsman)
Jonny Bairstow (r/h top-order batsman)
Kane Williamson (r/h top-order batsman, overseas)
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 fast bowler, r/h batsman)
Matt Critchley (r/a leg-spin)
Kagiso Rabada (r/a quick bowler, abroad )
Shaheen Afridi (l/a quick 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 displayed on Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket, Sky One Main Event & from 7pm.
It is going to also be accessible through Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube stations, as well as live on the Sky Sports app and streamed on skysports.com.

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