Joe Root forced to play outside Yorkshire in The Hundred as he links up with Trent Rockets, while Jonny Bairstow will play for Welsh Fire
- Ben Stokes was top pick as the first Hundred players were unveiled on Thursday
- England’s all-round star was snapped up by the Northern Super Chargers
- Test captain Joe Root will play for Nottinghamshire with the Trent Rockets
- Jonny Bairstow has been picked for Welsh Fire and Rory Burns for London Spirit
Ben Stokes was top pick as the first Hundred players were unveiled on Thursday morning, with England’s star all-rounder being snapped up by the Northern Super Chargers – meaning Joe Root must play outside of Yorkshire.
With the names of the franchises already widely known, one of the only question marks that remained ahead of the ECB’s launch was where Root, Jonny Bairstow and Rory Burns would end up after a ballot, having not been picked by their local franchises.
Joe Root will play outside of Yorkshire as he gets ready to link up with Trent Rockets
The first Hundred players were unveiled on Thursday morning during the launch
Stokes, meanwhile, will return to the scene of his Ashes heroics at Headingley.
While all eight franchises have now picked an England contracted player and two local icons, the remaining players will all be selected at a live draft later this month.
Despite scepticism about the new 100-ball format among traditionalists, the players chosen to appear at the launch – in a warehouse in East London – were all at pains to say how ‘cool’ they thought the kits were. And Jason Roy said he was convinced the concept would work when it launches next summer, saying: ‘I can’t see it being anything other than a success’.
Several players commented on how they thought the exposure from some Hundred games being shown live on the BBC would help attract a new audience.
England batsman Jonny Bairstow has been picked for Cardiff-based Welsh Fire
Ben Stokes, having been snapped up by the Northern Super Chargers, was top pick
The launch also saw the reveal of brightly-coloured kits, emblazoned with snack brands like Hula Hoops and Skips, which all fall under the umbrella brand of main sponsor KP Snacks.
However, the launch itself was somewhat shambolic, with the launch video taking four attempts to start, Jofra Archer – who has been picked for Southern Brave – seen asleep on a sofa in the corner and hoardings of the team names only being revealed three hours after the start.
The names of the first picks were also read out to a slideshow, which raised eyebrows when several players were in the room and could have been paraded.
Details like prices of tickets and kit are still all being decided, but it is understood a family package of two adults and two children is highly likely to be offered as the ECB seeks to broaden the appeal of cricket.
Jason Roy believes the Hundred will work: ‘I can’t see it being anything other than a success’