Following the postponement of English cricket’s new 100-ball competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the tournament will now launch in the summer of 2021. With the men’s and women’s squads beginning to take shape, we take a look at who makes up the eight new teams. But, a few things first …
Will the squads the same as they would have been last year?
No. Contracts for 2020 were cancelled after the tournament’s postponement, and a modified retention process was drawn up ahead of 2021.
What has changed?
One key difference for 2021 is that Kolpak registrations are no longer valid, meaning players like Dane Vilas, Ravi Rampaul and Simon Harmer who signed contracts for the Hundred’s first season can only be retained as overseas players, having previously counted as locals. With only three overseas players permitted per squad (and in each team’s playing XI), their chances of picking up a deal have been hit.
Furthermore, the salary bands in the men’s competition have been cut by 20%, meaning top earners will now be paid £100,000 rather than £125,000, with those on the lowest salaries earning £24,000 rather than £30,000.
How does the men’s retention process work?
Teams are able to retain as many players as they want from the 15-man squads assembled at last year’s player draft, at a salary band negotiated with the player. The process runs from October until January, with a mini-draft to be held in the spring for teams to complete their squads. Teams will then be able to sign one ‘wildcard’ player at the minimum salary band following next season’s T20 Blast group stage.
What happens to the England players?
England will not play any white-ball cricket during the window reserved for the Hundred, meaning that their players on white-ball central contracts are part of the main selection process. Players in the Test squad will be required for international cricket during the tournament, and are likely to be available for three group games and Finals Day. Therefore, players with red-ball central contracts are allocated outside of the main draft. They will be paid match fees and a separate retainer.
There were a few changes from the allocations for 2020, with Ollie Pope replacing Jonny Bairstow at Welsh Fire, Zak Crawley moving out of the main draft grid and becoming London Spirit’s Test player, and Rory Burns and Dom Sibley moving to Oval Invincibles and Birmingham Phoenix respectively.
How will the mini-draft work?
At the end of the retention window in January 2021, the finalised retained player list will be published, showing which slots teams still have free. Teams will then pick players in a snake draft to fill their spots like in October 2019, in a randomly-chosen order. Each team will also have one right-to-match (RTM) card, which will allow them to retain a player that they had signed for 2020 if another team chooses them in the draft, provided they have a slot free at that salary band.
What about the women’s squads?
With no player draft for the women, teams are selected by their respective head coaches. Players with contracts for 2020 were given the option to roll them over to 2021 at the same salary band, or to negotiate with other teams. Teams can sign a maximum of three players with England central contracts, and have until June 2021 to finalise their squads.
So, who’s already signed?
Men’s squad: Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Moeen Ali (captain)
Head coach: Andrew McDonald
Women’s squad: Sophie Devine (captain), Amy Jones
Head coach: Ben Sawyer
Men’s squad: Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, Eoin Morgan (captain)
Head coach: Shane Warne
Women’s squad: Deandra Dottin, Naomi Dattani, Heather Knight (captain)
Head coach: Trevor Griffin
Men’s squad: Jos Buttler
Head coach: Simon Katich
Women’s squad: Kate Cross
Head coach: Paul Shaw
Men’s squad: Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey
Head coach: Darren Lehmann
Women’s squad: Hollie Armitage, Katie Levick, Lauren Winfield-Hill (captain)
Head coach: Danielle Hazell
Men’s squad: Sam Curran, Rory Burns
Head coach: Tom Moody
Women’s squad: Fran Wilson
Head coach: Lydia Greenway
Men’s squad: Jofra Archer
Head coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Women’s squad: Anya Shrubsole, Stafanie Taylor
Head coach: Charlotte Edwards
Men’s squad: Joe Root, Rashid Khan, Alex Hales
Head coach: Stephen Fleming
Women’s squad: Katherine Brunt, Nat Sciver, Elyse Villani
Head coach: Salliann Briggs
Men’s squad: Ollie Pope
Head coach: Gary Kirsten
Women’s squad: Katie George
Head coach: Matthew Mott
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