Jason Roy unselected as West Indies power hitters dominate Men’s Hundred draft


England World Cup winner draws no interest as Pooran, Pollard, Powell, Russell and Hetmyer land top bids

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Jason Roy was overlooked for this year’s Hundred after poor form for Oval Invincibles last year Getty Images

Jason Roy will not feature in the Hundred this summer after going unselected in Wednesday night’s draft at the Shard in London, leaving him without a team for the 2024 season following his release by men’s reigning champions Oval Invincibles.

Roy played every game for the Invincibles last summer but failed to make an impact, with more ducks (three) than half-centuries (one) and was released by their coach Tom Moody last month. He entered the draft with a reserve price of £100,000, but all eight men’s teams prioritized foreign players from the early rounds.

Marc Bois, who also came in with a reserve price of £100,000, was also not selected, but his non-selection was less notable given that he had withdrawn from the Hundred’s first three seasons due to injury. injury or to manage their workload. England’s red-ball players will miss the start of the competition, which starts on July 23 this year, due to a third Test clash against the West Indies.

Roy would not have been available for the opening days of the Hundred due to his commitments with LA Knight Riders in Major League Cricket – which is set to run until July 28 – and is also expected to miss some of the T20 Blast group matches of Surrey for the same reason. He could still feature in the Hundred this summer as a substitute, but his snub highlights a rapid decline in Roy’s standing in the four and a half years since England arrived. 2019 World Cup victory.

Andre Russell to play for London Spirit after playing for Manchester Originals in 2022 ECB/Getty Images

Five of the seven players signed on top-tier £125,000 contracts in the men’s draft were West Indies power hitters, with the new coach at the Northern Superchargers. Andrew Flintoff choose Nicolas Pooran as the first signature of the project. Andrew Russell And Shimron Hetmyer will play for London Spirit, Kieron Pollard joined Southern Brave and Rovman Powell was a top pick at Trent Rockets.

Although some West Indians may miss the first match or two due to their involvement in the MLC, they are expected to be available for most of the season and could skip a T20I series against South Africa. The ECB held talks with Caribbean Premier League organizers earlier this year to avoid a clash with the Hundredwhich seems to have been justified.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore will be a top earner again, joining Welsh Fire on a £125,000 deal. He will play alongside Shaheen Shah Afridiwho was brought back after his success last summer, while Shaheen’s Pakistan teammate Naseem Shah was a top pick by Birmingham Phoenix.

Ash Gardner was one of the big winners in the women’s repechage Getty Images

Laurie Evans moved to Southern Brave after two seasons at Manchester Originals, while David Malan – the Rockets’ top title scorer in 2022 – was a £50,000 signing from the Invincibles. Ollie Pope And Richard Gleeson both joined London Spirit, while the Originals brought in Sikandar Raza And Fazalhaq Farooqui.

The ECB’s decision to increase the top salaries in the Women’s Hundred was justified by the number of high-profile Australian players who took part in the repechage, with Beth Mooney (Manchester Originals), Meg Lanning (Spirit of London), Ash Gardner (Trent Rockets) and Annabel Sutherland (Northern Superchargers) all landed £50,000 contracts.

Amy Jones was a surprise first pick of the draft, returning to Birmingham Phoenix after failing to agree on a retention last month, while Sri Lanka Chamari Athapatthu was the Invincibles’ first choice. Smriti Mandhana (Brave of the South) and Richa Ghosh (Birmingham Phoenix) were the two Indian internationals recovered.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98

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