Warnie explains $236,000 Gayle snub
Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne says Chris Gayle has only himself to blame for failing to attract a single offer in the inaugural The Hundred Draft.
Gyale was the highest profile star to miss out on a contract for the first season of the micro-cricket concept where teams have innings of just 100 balls.
The inaugural draft allowed players to select their own minimum reserve value before teams began carving up the global cricket talent in a mad feeding frenzy on Monday morning which saw Aussie stars Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, David Warner, D’Arcy Short and Nathan Coulter-Nile all snapped up.
However, after the eight franchises had selected 14 players each, Gayle remained unselected.
Kagiso Rabada and Lasith Malinga and England star Olly Stone were the other big-name stars that failed to receive an offer.
Gayle put himself in the top group of players with the highest minimum value of $236,000.
Only players selected in the first round (the first 16 players selected) were handed guaranteed $236,000 contracts.
Players selected in the second round received paydays of $189,000, while players selected in the third round receive $141,000.
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With Gayle refusing to lower his value, his night was done after failing to be picked in the first round.
Warne, who is the coach of the London Spirit franchise, said Gayle and Malinga both made the error of over-estimating their value.
With English slogger already selected as the team’s only non-drafted talent, Warne picked up Maxwell with his first pick — the No. 7 overall selection — before also snapping up Eoin Morgan in the first round.
Warne said he wasn’t surprised to see Gayle snubbed by the eight franchises.
“I think they priced themselves wrong,” Warne said of Gayle and Malinga.
“If they’d gone in at £100,000 ($189k) and not £125,000 ($236k), I think they’d have been picked up.”
The pair can only be called up to play in the tournament, which is scheduled to begin in July 2020, as injury replacements.
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Warne said he was surprised to see Maxwell fall as low as No. 7 in the draft and was thrilled that he was able to select some quality spin options before they were all taken off the board.
What The Hundred Draft showed more than anything is that there is a real emphasis placed on spin bowling, particularly mystery spin, Skysports.com reports.
Three such spinners — Rashid Khan, Sunil Narine and Imran Tahir — were snapped up within the first six selections, leaving Warne and a panicked London Spirit selection panel suddenly scrambling for options with their No. 7 pick.
They ultimately opted for Maxwell, then added Mohammad Nabi, Roelof van der Merwe and latterly legspinner Mason Crane.