Eoin Morgan, Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga, Steve Smith and more – star players sign up for The Hundred

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Author 2019-10-01 19:57:00

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Eoin Morgan, Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga and Steve Smith are among the names confirmed in the draft of The Hundred.

Some of the world’s best cricketers have been confirmed to take part in a new domestic tournament set to be launched next summer.

The tournament will see eight city-based franchise teams compete in a 100-balls-a-side competition.

England’s centrally contracted Test players will be assigned to teams on Thursday when the eight teams are formally unveiled by the ECB.

The rest of the squads will be confirmed at a draft on October 20.

World Cup-winning captain Morgan will be involved, along with fellow England stars Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett and Jason Roy.

Ashes hero Smith and Australia compatriots Aaron Finch, Mitchell Starc and David Warner have also been confirmed.

High-profile veterans and white-ball legends such as Gayle, Malinga and Shahid Afridi are present along with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

Ben Stokes, who this summer helped England win the World Cup and draw the Ashes, said: ‘I’m really excited. It’s a new concept for cricket.

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‘One of the best things, especially for the domestic game, is that people will be able to see the best players in the world, playing every week.

‘You’ve got two to three overseas players in each team. Every team is going to have an overseas superstar – something that has not always happened in England.

‘I’ve played at Durham since I was 16 years old, and when you head into something new and you’re not quite sure where you’re going to be, it’s exciting again.

‘We’ve all got an affiliation with our counties because we’ve been there since we were younger, but someone from the north might end up in the south and someone from the south might end up in the north.

‘Who knows where you’re going to end up? I’m excited to be part of something that is trying to bring a new audience to the game of cricket.’

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