The player draft for The Hundred took place on Sunday night. It was broadcast on Sky and streamed live on the BBC website.
What was the situation?
Each of the eight teams had already picked a red-ball contracted player and also a local ‘icon’ (because whatever your thing is, it ain’t shit these days unless you can use the word ‘iconic’ about it in some way or other).
- Trent Rockets have Joe Root, Alex Hales and Harry Gurney
- Southern Brave have Jofra Archer, James Vince and Chris Jordan
- Northern Super Chargers have Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and David Willey
- Welsh Fire have Jonny Bairstow, Colin Ingram(?) and Tom Banton
- Oval Invincibles have Jason Roy and both Sam and Tom Curran
- Manchester Originals have Jos Buttler, Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood
- London Spirit have Eoin Morgan, Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence
- Birmingham Phoenix have Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Pat Brown
You’ll notice that we went through the teams in a weird order. That’s because that’s the order in which they made their picks during the draft.
Each team had £960,000 to spend and 1m40s to make each pick. (You could call it 100 seconds if you wanted, but we like to be difficult about these sorts of things.)
Some teams were always going to piss away their money on a handful of star players before desperately plugging the gaps later on; others recognised that overseas stars were ten a penny (239 put their names into the presumably gigantic hat) and invested more cannily.
This website is only really interested in the piss-money-away-on-stars strategy.
How things panned out
There are many ways to analyse how the draft panned out and who might consequently have the best squad.
The method we’ve decided on is to look at how much each team spent on overseas stars because this is quicker and easier and not necessarily a great deal worse than ‘doing the job properly’, which is a thing that we hate to do.
As we said above, there were *plenty* of very good overseas players available for lower prices, whereas there was a much steeper drop off in local talent. Spending all your dough on overseasies would therefore seem to have been a relatively inefficient way to invest.
The maximum any team could have spent on overseas stars was £350,000 because you’re only allowed three of them and there were strict wage brackets. (Quick side point: Everyone had the same budget. It’s striking that The Hundred makes more effort to ensure equality between its sides than county cricket does.)
Trent Rockets, London Spirit and Southern Brave all spent £325,000, but Northern Superchargers went that little bit further and actually maxed out.
At the opposite end of the scale, Manchester Originals spent £235,000 and Birmingham Phoenix spent £200,000, so we’re tipping one of them for victory in the inaugural tournament next year.