Hundred price for Gayle was too high - Shane Warne

By October 21, 2019

T20 batting legend Chris Gayle might have priced himself out of the inaugural Hundred Draft held on Sunday.

The new professional 100-ball cricket tournament in England and Wales run by the ECB will commence in July 2020. The league will consist of eight city-based franchise teams, each of which will field both a men and women's team.

Gayle, who over the past decade has established himself as arguably the greatest T20 batsman in history with over 20 centuries to his credit, was surprisingly not selected by any of the franchises and now seems likely to miss the inaugural season.

He will only be able to get in if he is signed as an injury replacement.

Australian legend Shane Warne, who owns the London Spirit franchise, believes Gayle, who along with Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, who both entered the draft at a base price of £125,000, might have priced themselves too high.

‘I think they priced themselves wrong. ‘If they’d gone in at £100,000 and not £125,000, I think they’d have been picked up,’ Warne said in an interview with The Metro.

The Southern Brave at £125,000 selected Andre Russell while the Oval Invincibles selected Sunil Narine, also for £125,000. The Invincibles also selected Fabian Allen for £50,000 while the Welsh Fire selected Ravi Rampaul for £75,000.

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • 'I'm up for the fight' - Roach ready to put in hard work needed to take Bangladesh wickets 'I'm up for the fight' - Roach ready to put in hard work needed to take Bangladesh wickets

    West Indies fast bowler, Kemar Roach, insists he is ready for the challenge of trying to take wickets on Bangladesh pitches, despite the surfaces being more suited to spin-bowling.

    Despite the presence of several spinners in the squad, the 32-year-old is expected to lead the West Indies bowling line-up, along with fellow pace bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph.  If the dominance of spinners in the One Day International series, on pitches that offered very little assistance to pace bowlers, is anything to go by they will certainly have their work cut out.

    Having been in Bangladesh on two prior Test series, Roach would know first-hand what it takes to succeed on spin-friendly terrain.

    In 2011, he claimed 0 for 52 off 9 overs and 1 for 49 off 13.2 overs in the second Test of the series.  When he returned in 2018, he claimed 1 for 74 off 18 overs in the first Test and 2 for 61 in 25 overs as Bangladesh made a mammoth 500 in the second Test.

    “It mostly favours the spinners but I think there is enough there for fast bowlers to get something as well.  It’s just about having your plans, executing, and being disciplined,” Roach told members of the media via a press conference from Bangladesh on Tuesday.

    “It’s going to be tough, we know we have to bowl a lot more overs to get our rewards but once you are willing to put the work in you can get some rewards over here…so it’s going to be tough but I’m up for the fight.”

    The Windies have had recent success with pace bowling in Bangladesh with Tino Best claiming a five-for in 2012 and Fidel Edwards claiming 8 wickets in the 2011 series.

     

  • 'Extra time helps us prepare for 'difficult' conditions' - WI spinner Cornwall grateful for long lead-up to Test series 'Extra time helps us prepare for 'difficult' conditions' - WI spinner Cornwall grateful for long lead-up to Test series

    West Indies spinner, Rahkeem Cornwall, believes the unusually long preparation time before the start of the Bangladesh Test series has been beneficial for players needing to get used to ‘difficult’ conditions.

    The regional team arrived in Bangladesh on January 10 and was required to quarantine for 7 days based on the country’s COVID-19 protocols.  Since clearing that hurdle, however, the Test team has been free to train and will not start the series until February 1.

    The Asian team is known for being particularly difficult to beat on their home turf and easily dispatched the West Indies 2-0 on their last visit in 2018.  One of those advantages is said to be the team’s pitches.

    “It has helped (extra time) you have to adapt to these conditions. These conditions are difficult to play in, so the more time we get to understand the conditions is the better it is for us,” Cornwall said.

    “It spins a bit more here.  It is always going to be drier than the Caribbean.  So, we just have to adapt to it and play to the best of our ability,” he added.

    The inexperienced West Indies team will be hoping for a better showing than in the recently concluded One Day International (ODI) series where the team was summarily swept aside 3-0.  The ODI batting line-up found the top class Bangladesh spinners on the surfaces a difficult task to cope with.   

  • England suffer Underhill Six Nations blow England suffer Underhill Six Nations blow

    Sam Underhill is the latest player to withdraw from England's Six Nations squad due to a hip injury.

    Jack Willis has been called up as a replacement for back-row Underhill, who is another big loss for the defending champions.

    Underhill played a big part in England's Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup triumphs last year but sustained an injury blow before he was due to link up with the squad at St. George's Park on Wednesday.

    Willis made his Test debut against Georgia last November and will be hoping to make his Six Nations bow in the coming weeks.

    Underhill's withdrawal comes a day after Joe Launchbury and Joe Marler were ruled out due to a fibula stress fracture and personal reasons respectively.

    England head coach Eddie Jones' preparations had already been disrupted last week when he was forced to go into self-isolation after his assistant Matt Proudfoot tested positive for coronavirus.

    The Red Rose start the defence of their title against Scotland at Twickenham a week on Saturday.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.