The Hundred: Shaheen joins Welsh Fire as Babar, Rizwan go unsold

The event will take place in August this year

By Web Desk
March 24, 2023
A total of 64 players were drafted on Thursday — AFP

Pakistan pacers Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf were picked up by the Welsh Fire in The Hundred Draft on Thursday.

However, Pakistan captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan remained unsold due to limited availability.

Pacer Ihsanullah was by picked by Oval Invincibles. He was the player of the tournament in the recently-concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) for taking 22 wickets at an Economy of 7.59.

It must be noted that Azam became the most pick in a fan poll ahead of The Hundred draft on Wednesday. The prolific batter topped the charts after securing 25 per cent of the votes.

Azam’s teammate Shaheen came in second place with eight per cent of the votes. Meanwhile, Rizwan was in fifth place with four per cent of the votes.

Additionally, none of the Pakistan women’s cricketers were picked during the draft.

A total of 64 players were drafted on Thursday, which included 30 men and 34 women.

Each men's team now has 14 players, with two wildcard picks set to be added closer to the event, whereas the women have eight players and will add seven more in an open market.

The event will begin on August 1, with the final set to be played on August 27 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

In the men's competition last year, Trent Rockets prevailed after defeating Manchester Originals in the championship match.

The Oval Invincibles, who defeated Southern Brave in a rematch of the 2021 final, prevailed in the women's competition to claim victory for the second time in a row.

Pakistan players who had signed up for the draft

Women: Diana Baig, Javeria Rauf, Iram Javed, Nida Dar, Fatima Sana, Aroob Shah, Muneeb Siddiqui and Maham Tariq.

Men: Babar Azam, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Muhammad Akhlaq, Abrar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Noman Ali, Salman Ali, Umaid Asif, Saim Ayub, Danish Aziz, Ammad Butt, Shahnawaz Dahani, Sameen Gul, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Muhammad Irfan, Salman Irshad, Ahmed Danyal, Aamir Jamal, Akif Javed, Azam Khan, Haseebullah Khan, Mubasir Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Sajid Khan, Umer Khan, Zaman Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Waqas Maqsood, Shan Masood, Usama Mir, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir, Rumman Raees, Wahab Riaz, Abdullah Shafique, Khushdil Shah, Yasir Shah, Saud Shakeel, Haris Sohail, Talat Hussain, Imam-ul-Haq, Ihsanullah, Abdul Wahid and Amir Yamin.