The Hundred 2019: Ashes star Steve Smith tops list of overseas stars set for inaugural draft

The Australian star will be one of many stars set to take part in the innovative tournament

Rory Dollard
Tuesday 01 October 2019 11:00
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Ashes star Steve Smith heads a star-studded overseas contingent throwing their hats into the ring for the inaugural draft of The Hundred.

England's centrally-contracted Test players will be the first to be allocated when the eight franchises are formally unveiled on Thursday, with the rest of the squads being determined at a live television event on October 20.

And there has been no shortage of interest from around the world. Australia's master batsman Smith will be joined by compatriots David Warner, Aaron Finch and Mitchell Starc, while the top-ranked batsman and bowler in Twenty20 cricket - Babar Azam and Rashid Khan - have also put their names forward.

Big-name veterans of the white-ball formats are also present and correct, including Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga.

Although England's red-ball players will have only a limited role in the tournament, several member of the triumphant World Cup squad should play a full part.

Captain Eoin Morgan heads a group which includes Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett. Jason Roy and Moeen Ali are also up for grabs, suggesting the pair may not be due a Test return any time soon.

South Africans Kagiso Rabada and Faf Du Plessis and Quinton De Kock are also available, as is New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Chris Gayle will also play in The Hundred

Confirmed players for The Hundred Draft

Shakib Al Hasan

Quinton de Kock

Aaron Finch

Kane Williamson

Kieron Pollard

Rashid Khan

Lasith Malinga

Steve Smith

Chris Gayle

David Warner

Shahid Afridi

Faf du Plessis

Kagiso Rabada

Babar Azam

Mitchell Starc

Moeen Ali

Tom Curran

Liam Plunkett

Jason Roy

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