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Chris Gayle, Lasith Malinga and Steve Smith are three of the overseas players in The Hundred Draft (Image: GETTY)

English cricket will enter new territory on Sunday as the first ever draft in this country takes place for the ECB’s new 100 ball competition – The Hundred.

Eight teams based in seven cities across England and Wales will buy players who have entered the auction.

Australian superstars Steve Smith and David Warner are among the overseas players to have thrown their names into the hat, as has West Indies great Chris Gayle and Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi.

Express Sport is here to give you all the information you need to know ahead of the historic event and how you can watch it for free.

What is The Hundred?

The Hundred is the ECB’s new city based franchise competition that will start in 2020.

The format will be 100 balls per side, consisting of 10 10-ball overs. A bowler can bowl all 10 balls in an over or bowl five balls and someone else bowl the other five. One bowler can bowl a maximum of 20 balls in a match.

There are eight teams who will all play each other once apart from your local team, who you will play twice to make it eight group stage matches – four at home and four away.

The competition starts July 17 2020, with the finals day taking place on August 16.

When is the draft?

The draft takes place on Sunday October 20 at Sky Sports studios in west London.

It will start at 7pm U.K. time and finish three hours later at 10pm.

This will determine the squads of each of the teams.

How does the draft work?

There are 14 rounds in the draft for teams buy players they want to sign.

The teams will take it in turns for each round to go first, with Trent Rockets having first pick (see full order below). Each team has 100 seconds to make their pick.

The Hundred Draft time players teams free live stream TV channel

Chris Woakes and Jason Roy are among the players already attached to a team in The Hundred (Image: GETTY)

There are seven different price bands across the 14 rounds. Each team will finish the draft with TWO players for EACH of the following fees: £125,000, £100,000, £75,000, £60,000, £50,000, £40,000, £30,000.

A large number of players who have entered the draft have a reserve price, meaning they can only be bought for a minimum of that price. For example, Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga has a reserve of £125,000, so can only be bought for this figure.

Some players do not have a reserve price and therefore can be bought for the lowest price of £30,000.

By the end of the draft each team will have a squad of 15 players. Before the draft starts, each team already have three players confirmed in their squads. One of those is an England red-ball contracted player. The other two are local icons.

Teams will sit out of a round of the draft if they have already signed a local icon in that price band. For example, the Oval Invincibles signed Jason Roy as a local icon for £125,000 back on October 3. That means they will not take part in one of the rounds for the £125,000 price band, as they have already filled one of those slots in their squad. Meanwhile, Welsh Fire have already signed two players for £100,000, meaning they will sit out of both of these rounds in the main draft.

Each team can buy a maximum of three overseas players.

Each team will also sign a 16th player, a wildcard, but that will not take place until during next summer’s Vitality Blast competition.

Who are the teams?

The following outlines the name of each team in the order they will get first pick in a round of the draft, which players the teams have already signed and their price range, plus their coach and stadium.

Trent Rockets

Stadium: Trent Bridge

Coach: Stephen Fleming

England red ball player: Joe Root

Local icons: Alex Hales (£100,000), Harry Gurney (£75,000)

Southern Brave

Stadium: Ageas Bowl

Coach: Mahela Jayawardene

England red ball player: Jofra Archer

Local icons: James Vince (£100,000), Chris Jordan (£75,000)

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Jofra Archer will play for Southern Brave in The Hundred (Image: GETTY)

Northern Superchargers

Stadium: Headingley

Coach: Darren Lehmann

England red ball player: Ben Stokes

Local icons: Adil Rashid (£100,000), David Willey (£75,000)

Welsh Fire

Stadium: Cardiff

Coach: Gary Kirsten

England red ball player: Jonny Bairstow

Local icons: Tom Banton (£100,000), Colin Ingram (£100,000)

Oval Invincibles

Stadium: The Oval

Coach: Tom Moody

England red ball player: Sam Curran

Local icons: Jason Roy (£125,000), Tom Curran (£75,000)

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Jason Roy and Sam Curran will play for Oval Invincibles in The Hundred (Image: GETTY)

Manchester Originals

Stadium: Old Trafford

Coach: Simon Katich

England red ball player: Jos Buttler

Local icons: Saqib Mahmood (£75,000), Matt Parkinson (£75,000)

London Spirit

Stadium: Lord’s

Coach: Shane Warne

England red ball player: Rory Burns

Local icons: Eoin Morgan (£125,000), Dan Lawrence (£60,000)

Birmingham Phoenix

Stadium: Edgbaston

Coach: Andrew McDonald

England red ball player: Chris Woakes

Local icons: Moeen Ali (£125,000), Pat Brown (£60,000)

How can I watch The Hundred Draft live?

Sky will be showing live coverage of the draft on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket and Sky One, as well as on the Sky Sports app. The programme starts at 7pm U.K. time and finishes at 10pm.

A free live stream will also be available on the Sky Sports Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The BBC Sport website will also have a free live stream of the draft, as will the competition’s official website: thehundred.com

Most expensive players

The following list is the 23 most expensive overseas players in the Draft, either earning a minimum of £125,000 or £100,000 if bought.

Chris Gayle (West Indies) £125,000

Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka) £125,000

Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) £125,000

Steve Smith (Australia) £125,000

Mitchell Starc (Australia) £125,000

David Warner (Australia) £125,000

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Andre Russell will be much sought after in The Hundred Draft (Image: GETTY)

Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) £100,000

Mohammad Amir (Pakistan) £100,000

Trent Boult (New Zealand) £100,000

Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) £100,000

Quinton de Kock (South Africa) £100,000

Faf du Plessis (South Africa) £100,000

Aaron Finch (Australia) £100,000

Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh) £100,000

Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) £100,000

Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal) £100,000

Chris Lynn (Australia) £100,000

Glenn Maxwell (Australia) £100,000

Sunil Narine (West Indies) £100,000

Kieron Pollard (West Indies) £100,000

Andre Russell (West Indies) £100,000

Shane Watson (Australia) £100,000

Kane Williamson (New Zealand) £100,000

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