Shane Warne says he is happy with his London Spirit squad for the inaugural Hundred competition, as the likes of Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga paid the price for overvaluing themselves in Sunday night’s draft.
Australian legend Warne, who will coach the Lord’s-based franchise led by World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, selected countryman Glenn Maxwell, England quick Mark Wood and Pakistan fast-bowler Muhammad Amir as part of his 15-man roster for next summer’s tournament.
Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was the first overall pick for the Trent Rockets, but T20 superstars Malinga and Gayle were among those who went unsigned, after electing to place their reserve prices in the top salary bracket of £125,000, meaning they could only be selected in the opening round.
“I think they priced themselves wrong,” Warne said. “If they had have gone for £100k, rather than £125k, I think they both would have got picked up.
“In the end how it all panned out we’re pretty happy. Wood and Amir, opening bowlers, and then our [spin] bowling attack of [Mason] Crane, [Mohammad] Nabi, Maxwell is pretty good, it’s a lot of variety.
“And then we’ve got some guys who can bash it – I think The Hundred’s going to be about bashing it."
The other London franchise, Oval Invincibles, took West Indies all-rounder Sunil Narine with their first selection, before adding Nepalese spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings to their pre-selected trio of Jason Roy, Sam Curran and older brother, Tom.
“From our perspective, we’re really pleased,” Invincibles coach Tom Moody said. “We got a lot of the picks that we were hoping to get.
“We missed a couple here and there, but that’s always going to be the case, you’re not going to have the perfect draft. We’re very pleased with the balance we’ve got.”