The Men's Player Draft is coming. 5 April is the date each team will confirm their Men's squads for 2022. But what spaces need to be filled?
If you first experienced The Hundred last summer, or you're brand new to it for 2022 - first of all, welcome!
Secondly, you might not be aware of how the Men's squads are selected for the competition. Well, let's change that and make sure we're all on the same page. Sound good?
And just before we tell you about the Men's process, the Women's selection process is a bit different, and you can read all about it by clicking here.
So, a quick recap: each Men's squad in 2021 was 15 players, plus either one or two England players. For 2022, teams could retain up to 10 of last year's 15. We announced those players last month.
There's one spot kept for the Vitality Wildcard, which is designed for young domestic players to show their skills before The Hundred this summer and earn themselves a gig, and also a new Overseas Wildcard, which will allow teams to select a fourth overseas player. Both of these will be selected in June.
This means each team needs to fill 14 slots. There are seven different salary bands, with two players selected per band. Starting at the highest price band and working down, teams will take it in turns to select players in the slots they need.
Any team without a gap at a particular salary band skips their turn. And it's a snaking system used. In simple terms: imagine no team has a player at the top salary band. The team who gets first pick will then get pick number 16. The team who gets pick number eight also gets pick number nine. Make sense? Here's the draw order:
- London Spirit
- Welsh Fire
- Manchester Originals
- Northern Superchargers
- Oval Invincibles
- Trent Rockets
- Birmingham Phoenix
- Southern Brave
Enough of how it works. Let's take a look at the squads as they stand, so you can see where teams are currently missing players.