Tymal Mills and Tom Westley among names in the hat for first ever The Hundred draft
England players Tymal Mills and Tom Westley are among the 90 past and present National Counties players who will be in the inaugural draft for English cricket’s The Hundred on Sunday evening.
Left-arm fast bowler Mills, an England Twenty20 international, and right-handed batsman Westley, who made his Test debut in July 2017, will have no reserve price among the 331 English players due to go under the hammer at the draft, which will be screened live on Sky, along with 239 players from overseas.
Each of the eight teams – Trent Rockets, Southern Brave, Northern Superchargers, Welsh Fire, Oval Invincibles, Manchester Originals, London Spirit and Birmingham Phoenix – have already completed stage one of the draw, which saw each side select three regular international quality players.
On Sunday, the remaining places in the 15-man squads will be filled via a full draft – West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and Australia duo David Warner and Steve Smith have made themselves available for the tournament.
There are seven set salary bands, with up to two players to be picked at each of the following: £125,000, £100,000, £75,000, £60,000, £50,000, £40,000 and £30,000. Captains will receive a bonus of £10,000.
Players are able to select a minimum salary band at which they are willing to play at, but if that reserve price is not met they will not be selected during the main draft.
Sussex cricketer Mills, 27, was educated at Mildenhall College Academy and has turned out for Suffolk in the National Counties – formerly Minor Counties – since 2010; he last competed for Suffolk in the 2019 Unicorns T20 Championship.
He has become known as a T20 specialist, competing for the Peshawar Zalmi in the 2019 Pakistan Super League.
Westley, 30, who still turns out for East Anglian Premier League side Mildenhall when he is not needed at Specsavers County Championship side Essex, has also thrown his name in the hat for next summer's inaugural event.
Westley began his career at Weston Colville Cricket Club and has also turned out for National Counties' side Cambridgeshire CCC.
Former Culford School pupil Josh Davey and former Suffolk cricketer Billy Root, England Test captain Joe Root's younger brother, will also be in the draft.
The draft will be broadcast live from 7pm on Sunday, October 20 on Sky Sports, Sky One, Sky Sports' Facebook, app and YouTube channels as well as the BBC Sport website hosting a live stream.