How The Hundred Draft Works

How The Hundred Draft Works

On 20 October 2019 history will be made. The first men’s Player Draft. Selecting eight brand new men's teams. This is how it works.

  • Two stage process for picking eight brand new men’s teams
  • A pool of some of the world’s best players
  • Sunday 20 October the Player Draft - Live
  • Early October first three players selected for the eight new teams

Stage One - England players and local icons

The first stage of The Draft will take place at the start of October where teams will select up to three players in their squads. Each team will pick at least one England red ball contracted player and teams with one or more England Test player in their catchment area will be able to pick their preferred player.

The final red ball contracted players will be selected by teams without a player in their catchment area until every side has one England Test player. Remaining players will then be allocated to their local team. Teams also have the option to negotiate with and select two local ‘icon’ players from within their catchment.

The first stage of The Draft will take place at the start of October where teams will select up to three players in their squads.

The first stage of The Draft will take place at the start of October where teams will select up to three players in their squads.

Stage Two - The Draft Live

In advance of the main event on 20 October, a draw will determine the order in which each team will pick their players. Teams will pick in the order they were drawn. The team that is drawn to pick first will select first in the opening round, last in the second round and so on through the 14 rounds of The Draft. Each team will have a maximum of 100 seconds for each player selection.

Where a local icon player has been pre-selected, the team will skip that turn in The Draft, having already secured their player in that round. Teams will be able to select a maximum of three overseas players while there is no limit to the number of players from any county or country.

The main Draft will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and covered extensively by the BBC.

Following The Draft each team will have the opportunity for a final ‘Wildcard’ pick, to be chosen during next year’s Vitality Blast. As a result, eight high-performing Blast players will also have the opportunity to join one of the teams.

Where can I watch The Hundred Draft?

The Hundred Draft Live will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and covered extensively by the BBC across digital and social channels. Both broadcasters will offer fans in-depth build up and previews in the days before, as well as post-draft reaction. 

You’ll also be able to follow all the action here on thehundred.com live as well as across The Hundred social channels on Facebook and Instagram.

Which teams will be picked in men’s Player Draft?

The men’s teams will be based in: 

  • Birmingham
  • Cardiff
  • Leeds
  • London (two teams)
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • Southampton

We’ll confirm the names of each team very soon.

How are the women’s teams picked?

Each of the women’s teams will be selected in a two-stage, open-market system which opens on 1 September 2019 and includes England players, international icons and home-grown stars.

To read the full player selection process for the women’s teams click here.

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