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Shane Warne explains why Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga went unsold at The Hundred Draft

Shane Warne explains why Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga went unsold at The Hundred Draft
Shane Warne has explained why Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga were snubbed (Picture: Getty)

Shane Warne believes Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga ‘priced themselves wrong’ after failing to secure contracts at The Hundred Draft.

Gayle and Malinga both entered the draft at a base price of £125,000 but were left without a team after the first round of picks. They will now miss the inaugural running of The Hundred unless they are signed as an injury replacement.

Warne’s London Spirit opted to make Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell their marquee signing, having already secured England World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan ahead of the draft.

The Lord’s-based team also spent heavily on Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir, Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and England duo Joe Denly and Mark Wood.

Asked why London Spirit did not opt to sign Gayle or Malinga, Australia legend Warne said: ‘I think they priced themselves wrong.

‘If they’d gone in at £100,000 and not £125,000, I think they’d have been picked up.’

Gayle failed to secure a deal at The Hundred Draft (Picture: Getty)

Speaking during the draft, Warne also explained his decision to bring Hampshire spinner Mason Crane and South African bowler Kyle Abbott to Lord’s.

‘Mason Crane’s a good wicket taker in this form of the game, Abbott does well and can bowl at any time during the match,’ Warne said.

‘I think we’ve got good variety in our attack, plenty of spin – a couple of off-spinners, a left-arm spinner and a wrist-spinner, so we’re doing OK.’

Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga also went unsold (Picture: Getty)

Morgan, who will captain the London Spirit next summer, added: ‘I think we’re shaping up really well.

‘I’m surprised Maxwell hadn’t already gone by the seventh pick – he’s a fantastic player at top of the order.

‘We’ve got pace with Amir and Mark Wood, two spinners already and there’s a lot of areas covered.

London Spirit’s full squad after the draft (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s an absolute privilege working with Warney, preparing for this over last couple of weeks. He’s got an outstanding cricket brain and I can continue to learn from him.’

Asked specifically about The Hundred, legendary leg-spinner Warne added: ‘I think it’s a great concept. I am really looking forward to it.

‘Spinners are big in this form of the game but when you get through those top players there is not much between the quicks and the spinners, the stats will tell you that.’

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