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Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan Unpicked in The Hundred 2024 Draft

In the recent 2024 player draft for The Hundred, a cricket tournament, notable Pakistani cricketers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan remained unpicked. The draft witnessed the selection of 32 male cricketers from both domestic and international backgrounds, spread across eight teams.

Babar Azam, the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan had registered for the draft at the eleventh hour. However, they did not find a place in any of the eight teams. On the other hand, Pakistan’s T20 captain, Shaheen Afridi, who also registered late for the draft, was picked by Welsh Fire for £100,000. This is a continuation of his journey with the franchise, as he had represented them in the previous year as well.

Other Pakistani cricketers found their way into the teams. Retired all-rounder Imad Wasim was welcomed back to Trent Rockets for £100,000, and fast bowler Naseem Shah was chosen by Birmingham Phoenix for £125,000. However, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Amir, all prominent names in Pakistani cricket, were left unpicked.

The draft also saw some big international names like Jason Roy, David Warner, Tim David, and Shakib Al Hasan go unsold. In contrast, West Indies players were highly sought after. Northern Superchargers made Nicholas Pooran their first signing of the draft. Andre Russell and Shimron Hetmyer will represent London Spirit, Kieron Pollard has moved to Southern Brave, and Rovman Powell was a top choice for Trent Rockets.

In the women’s draft, no Pakistani players were selected. Australian players were in high demand, with Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Lauren Cheatle, Jess Jonassen, and Sophie Molineux being picked in the auction. From India, Smriti Mandhana and Richa Ghosh were the two selected players.

It is worth noting that earlier this month, 64 Pakistani cricketers, including 59 men and five women, had registered for the 2024 The Hundred Draft. Two Pakistani bowlers, Haris Rauf (Welsh Fire) and Usama Mir (Manchester Originals), were retained ahead of the draft.

The fourth edition of The Hundred is scheduled to commence on July 23.

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