Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow selected by The Hundred franchises
Joe Root has been sent to Nottingham after Ben Stokes was the first choice pick for the Northern Superchargers in the Hundred.
The teams, colours and first picks were revealed in London with Root and Jonny Bairstow forced away from their traditional Headingley home grounds to Trent Rockets and Welsh Fire respectively.
There is plenty of local flavour elsewhere though with Eoin Morgan signed up by Lord's London Spirit along with fellow World Cup winning captain Heather Knight in the women's team.
The Oval Invincibles have claimed both Curran brothers Sam and Tom as well as Jason Roy, while Sussex's Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan will join up with James Vince at the Southern Braves.
The move to Cardiff is one that Bairstow is looking forward and he's already been in touch with some of his Welsh pals over in Japan playing rugby.
“I enjoy Cardiff,” said Bairstow. “I made my England debut in Cardiff and I enjoy playing there.
“I love the fact the shirt is red and they've chosen me with red hair to lead the start of the Fire's campaign and hopefully the fans will come out and get passionate about the sport.
“I just messaged a couple of the Welsh lads who are out in Japan with the Rugby World Cup. I sent a photo of me in the shirt to Liam Williams and Jonathan Davies so we've had a bit banter about that.
“It is a new competition so there is no loyalty just yet. It is a new start and will feel weird going back to Headingley and going into the away dressing room, but I'm looking forward to it.”
The Manchester Originals are the only side to have just one county to choose their home players from and understandably they've looked down Jos Buttler, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson, all of whom will be touring New Zealand with England this winter.
At Edgbaston the Birmingham Phoenix will have their challenge led by Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali who was picked up for the top price of £125,000 while Pat Brown, another Worcester T20 star completes their Icon choices.
And after playing in the IPL together Woakes is looking forward to linking up with Moeen once again as they put their reputations on the line in the new competition in bright orange kit.
“The kit is a bit of a grower!” said Woakes. “I do actually really like the Oval Invincibles kit, I would definitely have bought that if I was a teenager.
“This one is bright and will appeal to kids I hope. It is a good thing Jonny Bairstow isn't playing for us in this shirt!
“It is a new concept and I fell in love with the game watching it on terrestrial TV so hopefully this will be the case again.
“The players will want to get one up on each other in front of a big audience and when you've got lots of people watching you don't want to come second.
“You're putting your reputation as a cricketer on the line and you've got to deliver. That will drive quality and get people interested in the concept.”
London Spirit – Rory Burns, Eoin Morgan, Dan Lawrence, Heather Knight and Freya Davis
Northern Superchargers – Ben Stokes, David Willey and Adil Rashid, Lauren Winfield and Linsey Smith
Manchester Originals – Jos Buttler, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson, Sophie Eccleston and Kate Cross
Trent Rockets – Joe Root, Alex Hales and Harry Gurney, Katherin Brunt and Nat Sciver
Birmingham Phoenix – Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Pat Brown, Amy Jones and Kirstie Gordon
Welsh Fire – Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Colin Ingram, Bryony Smith and Katie George
Oval Invincibles – Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jason Roy, Fran Wilson and Laura Marsh
Southern Brave – Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan and James Vince, Anya Shrubsole and Danni Wyatt
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