The ECB have announced the first round of “draft” picks for The Hundred – the 100-ball tournament which will replace the Kia Super League next summer.
Amy Jones, Kirstie Gordon
Heather Knight, Freya Davies
Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone
Lauren Winfield, Linsey Smith
Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson
Anya Shrubsole, Danni Wyatt
Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt
Katie George, Bryony Smith
The 16 players were selected through a negotiated process, rather than a classic “draft”, which meant players were free to accept, or importantly reject, any offer they received.
Significantly, it looks like Tammy Beaumont has done the latter – she is the highest profile player not selected, and it looks like she may be holding-out to be a second-round pick for a more attractive team.
Also unsigned from the current contracted squad are (former) Loughborough Lightning captain Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley and Alice Davidson-Richards.
Today’s announcement also confirms the team names – “Welsh” winning-out over “Western” for the Fire, who will play in the traditional Welsh heartlands of… er… Taunton – and the kits, which are basically advertising hoardings for salty snacks.