Smith to star in Hundred
Australians Steve Smith and David Warner have registered as overseas players for next year’s inaugural season of the Hundred.
Warner and Smith are the two biggest overseas stars to agree to play in the league and will enter the draft this month. Australia’s ODI captain, Aaron Finch, a regular in the Vitality Blast, has also told the England and Wales Cricket Board he is available.
Australia colleague Mitchell Starc has also agreed to appear in the tournament, to start after a fivematch ODI series between England and Australia in July.
South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and Quinton de Kock have also registered, along with Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain.
Veterans Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga and Shahid Afridi will be available in the draft, which takes place at the Sky Sports studios on Oct 20. Registrations closed last night for the eight franchises, who will now begin the process of targeting which players to recruit.