Russell, Narine fetch top price in London cricket draft but Chris Gayle misses out

West Indies Andre Russell poses in his Southern Brave kit during The Hundred draft in London on Sunday (Oct 20).

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell and off-spinner Sunil Narine snatched top price at Sunday’s draft for next July’s inaugural The Hundred.

However, veteran T20 star Chris Gayle missed out after being snubbed by the eight franchises. Russell was snapped up by Southern Brave and Narine by the Oval Invincibles – both for 125,000 pounds sterling – as franchises spent several hours filling 12 spots on their 15-man squads.

Gayle went unbought during the event to be one of the notable omissions along with fellow West Indies star Dwayne Bravo and Sri Lankan icon Lasith Malinga. The left-handed Gayle has been the most successful batsman in the shortest format with 13,051 runs – the only player to pass 10,000 runs in the format. However, the former West Indies captain is in the twilight of his career, having turned 40 in September.

Chris Gayle in white headband went undrafted on Sunday (Oct 20).

Regardless, the tournament will still retain a Caribbean flavour with Windies limited-overs all-rounder Fabian Allen, former Test fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, Barbados-born England star Chris Jordan, and Bermudian Delray Rawlins all set to feature.

Russell’s acquisition by Southern Brave will see him link up with England’s Barbadian fast-bowling sensation, Jofra Archer, who was earlier this month unveiled as the franchise’s marquee signing. Australia batsman David Warner was also picked up for 125,000 pounds sterling with Jordan, designated a local icon, and left-hander Rawlins – both of whom play for English county Sussex – also turning out for Brave.