The Hundred – Mock Draft Round One

Today is the announcement of teams and the assignment of England womens players and the Men’s Icon players.

It can be viewed below:

Full details are to be found https://www.thehundred.com/news/1349818/decision-time-which-england-red-ball-player-will-go-where-

This is my initial back-of-a-cigarette-packet mock draft:

Mens Hundred Teams

BIRMINGHAM-BASED TEAM

Chris Woakes

LEEDS-BASED TEAM

Ben Stokes

LONDON — KIA OVAL

Sam Curran

MANCHESTER-BASED TEAM

Jos Buttler

 

NOTTINGHAM-BASED TEAM

No selection – Stuart Broad hasn’t played Twenty20 cricket for over 2 years

 

SOUTHAMPTON-BASED TEAM

Jofra Archer

 

CARDIFF-BASED TEAM

Jonny Bairstow

LONDON — LORD’s

Joe Root

 

Womens Teams Selection

Details: https://www.thehundred.com/news/1335193/how-women-s-player-selection-works

This would be a lot easier to calculate if the ECB actually made the list of England’s women players who are centrally contracted easy to find on their website:

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And before I could get it all online, they announced the picks anyway!

https://www.thehundred.com/news/1366687/-first-players-named-in-the-hundred-men-s-women-s-teams

The Hundred.com – A review

Quick question? Can you name the teams for The Hundred that is due to take place in 2020 and whose draft is taking place over the next few weeks?

If you are looking for the team names on thehundred.com then good luck. The nearest you come to is the “Where is The Hundred” page and that still doesn’t tell you the team names.

It turns out these are being released today: https://www.thehundred.com/news/1360229/3-october-england-players-local-icons-revealed-in-their-teams

Fortunately Jimmy Wales’ team is on the job: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hundred_(cricket). So the team names for The Hundred are:

Manchester Originals
Northern Superchargers
Birmingham Phoenix
Trent Rockets
Western Fire
London Spirit
Oval Invincibles
Southern Brave

Seven-Cities

That only needed us to go to another website to find out. So we’re off to a good start.

The Draft

For a competition that is featuring a draft so prominently (and I think this is a good way to to generate interest and fan engagement if it is done properly)

The Draft for the Mens and Womens competitions will see all 8 teams making their picks in September and October. Is this linked to in the navigation menu?

No. You have to scroll through the news items.

As an aside. If you search for “The Hundred” on the ECB’s website, you can find the Player and Coach privacy policy for the competition: https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1336246 https://platform-static-files.s3.amazonaws.com/ecb/document/2019/09/03/a4db5335-d980-4986-8344-8515053e81b9/The-Hundred-Privacy-Policy-30-August-2019.pdf

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/27650130/details-hundred-draft-revealed

Well done for also highlighting that some of the greatest players in a sport that has a player draft can often be selected very low down in the process.

 

I’m not sure selling the fact that Tom Brady was the 199th pick in a draft that won’t have that many selections is a great idea though.

Oh and today’s the announcement of the full details of the:

ENGLAND PLAYERS & LOCAL ICONS REVEALED IN THEIR TEAMS

 

and it’s not being live-streamed or blogged on the site?

 

I want The Hundred to succeed as the ECB have invested so much in its success. I just think it could be doing this better.

 

But what do I know?