England wicket-keeper Ben Foakes SNUBBED during the Hundred re-draft alongside IPL’s most expensive player Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock and Babar Azam … as the eight head coaches make their last 35 selections
- The ECB confirmed the final result of the Hundred re-draft on Tuesday
- There was no room for Foakes, widely recognized as the best wicket-keeper in the world
- Foakes was initially released from £ 48,000 deal with Northern Superchargers
- He was in good company with those rejected during the Hundred re-draft
England Test star Ben Foakes was the notable omission when the ECB confirmed the result of the Hundred re-draft on Tuesday.
There was no room for a man widely recognized as the world’s best wicket-keeper in the new 100-ball competition as the eight head coaches – including Andy Flower, who replaced Stephen Fleming at Trent Rockets – closed their last 35 selections behind made doors.
Foakes – picked in the first draft in October 2019 but then released from its £ 48,000 contract with Northern Superchargers – found themselves in good company in terms of those who disapproved of Chris Morris, the Indian Premier League’s new most expensive player, who also was overlooked, despite being available on a relative snip of £ 60,000, along with fellow South African Quinton de Kock and Babar Azam from Pakistan.
England wicket-keeper Ben Foakes was the big omission during the Hundred re-draft
Chris Morris, the Indian Premier League’s most expensive player, has also been overlooked
Quinton de Kock (left) and Babar Azam (right) were two other big names who were rejected
Nicholas Pooran, the big hitter from the West Indies, was number 1 and first of 10 by Manchester Originals, adding a £ 100,000 second player in Kagiso Rabada. In between, Welsh Fire chose Kieron Pollard and Australian David Warner returned to Southern Brave after retiring from last year’s delayed competition.
The last three of the seven vacant places overseas went to Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson (Fire), Shadab Khan, released by Brave but picked up by the Originals, and Colin Ingram, formerly a Kolpak recruit with the Welsh but relocated to the Oval .
Olly Stone and Jake Ball, two international bowlers who passed away more than 16 months ago, were picked up this time, along with one-time English players Samit Patel and Steven Finn.
Patel will represent the Trent Bridge-based team that will now be led by Flower after Fleming withdrew due to the complications of traveling in and out of New Zealand in Covid times.
Nicholas Pooran (pictured) and Kagiso Rabada were picked up by Manchester Originals
Olly Stone (pictured) and Jake Ball were also arrested after they were originally disapproved
All New Zealanders must enter a 14-day period of managed isolation when returning from abroad, and with vouchers sold in three-month blocks, marrying limited international flights and places in government-approved facilities has proven problematic – for example, Colin Munro withdrew from the Pakistani Super League after 10 minutes of disagreement.
“I’m really disappointed not to be a side coach this summer, but in the end, the family has to come first,” Fleming said. ‘The current global crisis makes it very difficult to travel and the extra time required for quarantines makes it difficult to find the right balance between work and home.
“Andy is a world-class coach with experience all over the world and I’m sure the Trent Rockets men’s team will have a fantastic first season of The Hundred with him.”
However, Hampshire is still hoping to convince Kyle Jamieson, the giant Black Caps all-rounder, to play two County Championship games and half of the club’s Vitality Blast games right after the World Test Championship final in June, after the 26-year-old’s £ 1.5million. deal with Royal Challengers Bangalore broke their agreement to sign him up for a spell at the start of the season.
Andy Flower has replaced Stephen Fleming as head coach at Trent Rockets