Hundred 2022: Hasnain, Deepti among top picks in Overseas Wildcard Draft


Hundred 2022: Hasnain, Deepti among top picks in Overseas Wildcard Draft

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain & Australia batter Ben McDermott are among the top Men’s Hundred overseas wildcard draft picks for the Hundred 2022. On the other hand, India allrounder Deepti Sharma and experienced New Zealand pair Suzie Bates and Lea Tahuhu are the top picks in the Wildcard overseas women’s draft.

Just a few hours after Hasnain got cleared for bowling again on the International front, his inclusion in the Hundred overseas wildcard draft came as a surprise for all. The young prolific pacer has been signed by Oval Invincibles, while McDermott, who has been in form for Hampshire after being left out of Australia’s plans, joins London Spirit.

Ashton Turner & Daniel Sams have also been named in the wildcard overseas draft, along with New Zealand batter Finn Allen, Namibia allrounder David Wiese, Afghanistan wrist-spinner Noor Ahmed, and former South Africa legspinner Imran Tahir.

“I’m overjoyed to be joining Oval Invincibles,” Hasnain said. “The Hundred looked like great fun last year and I can’t wait to get involved. The opportunity to play alongside stars like Sunil Narine, Jason Roy, and the Curran brothers is hugely exciting. I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the field again.”

In the womne’s Hundred tournament, Deepti Sharma who earlier played for Spirit moves to Birmingham Phoenix while Suzie Bates has joined Invincibles, and Tahuhu signed for Manchester Originals. Elyse Villani and Nicola Carey, who were among the Australian players who withdraw due to Covid travel restrictions in 2021, were selected by Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire respectively.

“I’m really excited to be heading to Welsh Fire,” Carey said. “We’ve already got a strong Aussie contingent with Rachael Haynes and Annabel Sutherland and combine that with Tammy Beaumont as skipper and we’ve got the makings of a really strong squad. I’ve never played at Cardiff before and I’m looking forward to seeing the Welsh Fire fans making lots of noise at Sophia Gardens.”

Women’s teams could make more signings until the end of June while men’s squads will be completed when Vitality Blast wildcard picks are made on July 7.

Sanjay Patel, managing director of the Hundred, said, “It is brilliant news to welcome 16 more international stars to the Hundred. Players from seven countries have been selected and it’s great to welcome the likes of Mohammad Hasnain, Deepti Sharma, and Suzie Bates to the Hundred this year. This continues to take the quality of cricket to another level and we can’t wait for the second summer of incredible sporting action.”

Hundred 2022 overseas wildcard draft

Birmingham Phoenix: Deepti Sharma (India) Imran Tahir (South Africa)
London Spirit: Jess Kerr (New Zealand) Ben McDermott (Australia)
Manchester Originals: Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand) Ashton Turner (Australia)
Northern Superchargers: Heather Graham (Australia) David Wiese (Namibia)
Oval Invincibles: Suzie Bates (New Zealand) Mohmmad Hasnain (Pakistan)
Southern Brave: Molly Strano (Australia) Finn Allen (New Zealand)
Trent Rockets: Elyse Villani (Australia) Daniel Sams (Australia)
Welsh Fire: Nicola Carey (Australia) Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan)

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