The Manchester Originals have picked Imran Tahir, Daniel Christian and Mitchell Santner for the inaugural season of The Hundred in 2020.
The trio will add a wealth a of experience to the 15-man squad that was picked at the draft in London last night.
They will join up with Lancashire’s World Cup winner Jos Buttler as well as bowling duo Matthew Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood.
The Manchester Originals: Jos Buttler, Dane Vilas, Imran Tahir, Phil Salt, Tom Abell, Matthew Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood, Daniel Christian, Wayne Madsen, Wayne Parnell, Mitchell Santner, Joe Clarke, Marchant de Lange, Ed Pollock and Eddie Byrom
— Chris Ostick (@LancscricketMEN) October 20, 2019
Tahir and Christian have both made a name for themselves in franchise competitions all over the world and have taken 560 wickets between them in T20 cricket.
New Zealander, Santner, has taken 38 wickets in 34 T20 matches for his country and will be a useful asset at Emirates Old Trafford.
I’ll support any team that drafts Mitchell Santner in #TheHundred, don’t let me down pls
— Ryan Warren (@RyanWarren_14) October 20, 2019
Head Coach Simon Katich also selected Lancashire captain Dane Vilas and destructive batsmen Phil Salt and Joe Clarke who play county cricket for Sussex and Nottinghamshire respectively.
Other Lancashire players will play a part in The Hundred but for franchises away from Manchester. Liam Livingstone will represent the Birmingham Phoenix, while Richard Gleeson will travel across the Pennines to turn out for the Northern Superchargers.
Luke Wood was snapped up by the Trent Rockets and Alex Davies will represent the Southern Brave next summer.
There will be a wildcard pick for the last remaining spot. This will take place following the conclusion of the Vitality Blast next July.
Manchester Originals (in order of selection): Jos Buttler (contract), Imran Tahir (overseas), Dane Vilas, Phil Salt, Tom Abell, Matt Parkinson – selected on 3rd October, Saqib Mahmood – selected on 3rd October, Daniel Christian (overseas), Wayne Madsen, Wayne Parnell, Mitchell Santner (overseas), Joe Clarke, Marchant de Lange, Ed Pollock, Eddie Byrom
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