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Cricket: Australia and Pakistan stars enter draft for The Hundred 2021

More than 500 players are still hoping to earn contracts for The Hundred (Picture: ECB)

More than 500 domestic and overseas players have entered the draft for The Hundred, with David Warner, Babar Azam and Jason Holder among those hoping to secure contracts.

The majority of the squads have already been confirmed and the remaining slots will be allocated at a draft on February 23.

A total of 252 overseas stars have entered the draft – including Australia opener Warner, Pakistan batsman Babar, West Indies captain Holder, South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan – aiming to secure one of only seven overseas spots remaining.

Some 254 domestic players – including Ben Foakes, Olly Stone and Dom Bess – have also registered, with 28 spaces to be filled.

Each team’s squad ahead of next week’s draft (Picture: ECB)

Rob Hilman, director of event operations, said: ‘We are delighted with the level of interest we’ve had from both overseas and domestic players.

‘There is a huge appetite to play in The Hundred which is designed to open up cricket to more families and young people with fast world-class action on the pitch and blockbuster entertainment off it.

‘The calibre of the players involved means that it’s going to be an exciting men’s draft – with a lot of competition for spaces amongst really top drawer names.’

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