Er. Could someone WhatsApp Chris Gayle and ship him our commiserations…?
Such may be the message from the ECB this weekend should Sundays live draft for The Hundred mirror that the version undertaken by journalists on Wednesday in Lords.
Gayle was the primary casualty of the fantasy draft, as societal clubs road-tested technologies and the notebooks to be used in Sky Studios on Sunday for the actual thing.
But he wasnt the only participant with a top-tier book price of #125k to overlook selection – Lasith Malinga also left by the wayside even though a dire flurry early on to snap highest bowlers – while at reduced price brackets Shane Watson, Mohammad Amir and Faf du Plessis revealed surplus to requirements.
Each media group of 2, representing one of the eight teams at The Hundred, needed up to 100 seconds to generate their team selections and Trent Rockets – with the honor of first select at a pre-drawn sequence – wasted time in bagging mystery spinner Rashid Khan.
Sky Sports Cricket (Oli Burley along with David Currie) were tasked with constructing Welsh Fire into a formidable proposition – presumably as one of those great, amazing grandfathers chiselled a dwelling from the plantations and another had formerly been around a stag do in Cardiff.
Oddly, however, our awareness of affinity to the outfit boasting Jonny Bairstow and icon players Tom Banton and Colin Ingram climbed quickly as our desire to scupper our competitions by nicking and second-guessing their targets.
The precariousness of the job became apparent as Southern Brave, took left-armer Mitchell Starc, number one on our wish-list however, Kagiso Rabada and Kane Williamsons expert services were immediately procured. Left-armer Shaheen Afridis addition offered some vital number with Henry Brookes an exciting prospect on the bench.
So Matt Critchley obtained a historical chuckle Will Beer supplying cover 35, given the short right bounds at Cardiff a variable, choosing two frontline spinners felt like a luxury. Wicketkeeper Ben Coxs selection could wait till the subsequent rounds, given either Banton or Bairstow could do a job with the gloves.
So Joe Clarke is to step in at the top of the order, Bairstow will be next summer, because of international commitments, is a moot point.
The pre-ordained positioning of superstar players in the draft supposed that Welsh Fire didnt company in Round Two, the #100k bracket, therefore all we could do was watch because the likes of Quinton de Kock and sit and Imran Tahir proceeded elsewhere.
But thats the beauty of choosing your team instead of in isolation – that you can do on the official The Hundred website .
As his co-coaches and Welsh Fires Gary Kirsten will figure out on Sunday, the plans and hopes are far from ensured from coming to fruition, but therein lies the challenge. 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 twist )
Liam Plunkett (r/a fast bowler, r/h batsman)
Matt Critchley (r/a leg-spin)
Kagiso Rabada (r/a fast 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)
Will Beer (r/a leg-spin)
The Hundred Draft – Live will be shown on Sky Sports Cricket, Sky One Main Event & from 7pm on Sunday.
It will also be accessible via Sky Sports Facebook and YouTube stations, as well as reside on the Sky Sports app and streamed on skysports.com.