The Hundred
Rashid among top picks, Babar, Afridi misses out in The Hundred draft

Afghanistan star Rashid Khan became the first player selected in The Hundred draft, but the number one T20 batsman Babar Azam and legend Shahid Afridi wasn’t selected for the inaugural ‘The Hundred’ competition next year.

The Twenty20 stalwarts Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga were also among notable omissions in Sunday’s draft.

Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi are the only three player who have been selected as the participants of the 100-ball format.

Rashid, the no. 1 Twenty20 bowler, was snared by Trent Rockets for the top price of £125,000.

Australian players dominated the first major player draft in British sport with batting mainstay Steve Smith and quick Mitchell Starc picked up by Welsh Fire for £125,000 each.

“It’s going to be exciting to be in the first ever hundred-ball comp,” Smith told

“I’m looking forward to joining the Welsh Fire, Jonny (Bairstow) and Starcy and the boys there – it looks a good squad that they’ve picked up so far so I’m looking forward to it.”

Team mate David Warner joined Southern Brave who also picked explosive West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.

Australia’s limited overs captain Aaron Finch joined Northern Superchargers while team mate Glenn Maxwell was snared by London Spirit.

Apart from Rashid, other Afghan spinners in the tournament include Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Superchargers), Mohammad Nabi (Spirit) and Qais Ahmed (Welsh Fire).