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Maxwell, du Plessis, Milne retained as overseas players in men's Hundred

17 overseas spots to be filled in March's draft after teams finalise retentions

Matt Roller
Matt Roller
22-Feb-2022
Maxwell (travel restrictions) and du Plessis (concussion) did not feature in the Hundred last year  •  AFP/Getty Images

Maxwell (travel restrictions) and du Plessis (concussion) did not feature in the Hundred last year  •  AFP/Getty Images

Glenn Maxwell, Faf du Plessis and Adam Milne are among the seven overseas players who have been retained by men's teams ahead of the second season of the Hundred, with 17 overseas spots due to be filled in the draft on March 30.
ESPNcricinfo revealed last week that several leading domestic players - including Tom Banton, Joe Clarke, Liam Dawson and Laurie Evans - would be part of next month's draft after failing to agree contracts with their respective teams, and the ECB confirmed a full list of retained players on Tuesday after a prolonged period of negotiations.
Teams were able to retain up to 10 players who held a contract for the 2021 season at any stage, regardless of whether they were fulfilled. Maxwell withdrew from his contract with London Spirit due to quarantine requirements on returning to Australia and du Plessis was ruled out of his stint as Northern Superchargers' captain due to concussion but both are due to play in 2022.
Milne was the standout bowler in the inaugural season, taking 12 wickets and conceding less than a run a ball as Birmingham Phoenix topped the group stage before losing to Southern Brave in the final. As previously reported, Rashid Khan, Marchant de Lange (both Trent Rockets), Marcus Stoinis and Tim David (both Southern Brave) are the other overseas players who have been retained.
A total of 42 players will be picked in the March draft, of which 17 will be overseas players and 25 will be domestic, with each team then completing their squad with a 'wildcard' player after the Vitality Blast's group stages. Teams will pick in reverse order from their 2021 finishing position, meaning London Spirit will have the first pick of the draft, with Welsh Fire (seven) due to make the most picks and Trent Rockets and Southern Brave (four each) making the fewest.
Teams are allowed to field three overseas players in their playing XI, but will be allowed to sign a fourth in their squad this season as back-up. They will each make a final signing in a 'wildcard' overseas draft in June.
Each salary band in the men's competition has increased by 25% for 2022, though several players have negotiated shifts up or down their teams' pay scale. Adil Rashid joins Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone as one of three English players in the top pay bracket (£125,000) while David Willey, Will Jacks, Luke Wood and Harry Brook have all secured increases. Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Adam Lyth and Tom Abell have all shifted down the grid.
Northern Superchargers were the last team to finalise their retentions after several changes in the backroom staff, with James Foster - who has been at the PSL with Peshawar Zalmi - only appointed head coach shortly before last week's deadline. Lyth and Willey both signed late deals but Jordan Thompson joins Matthew Fisher, Olly Stone, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Ben Raine in the draft.
None of England's Test-contracted players have left the clubs they were with in 2021. Those involved in the Test series against South Africa are likely to play up to three group games and possibly the knockout stages, though last year most of the seamers were preparing at Loughborough ahead of the India series instead. Jack Leach, James Anderson and Stuart Broad are the three Test-contracted players who have not been allocated a team.
Each team will be allowed to use one right-to-match (RTM) card at the draft, which can be used to re-sign a player from their 2021 squad, so long as they can match the salary for which another team has tried to sign them. Southern Brave are widely expected to use their RTM if another team attempts to sign Quinton de Kock before their first-round pick, while Oval Invincibles could do the same with Sunil Narine.
The availability of overseas players during the Hundred's window from August 3-September 3 is mixed, with Australia and New Zealand players likely to prove popular at the draft due to the gaps in their international schedule.

Men's retentions:

Southern Brave
Retained: Jofra Archer (Test), Marcus Stoinis, James Vince, Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan, George Garton, Alex Davies, Jake Lintott, Tim David, Ross Whiteley, Craig Overton
Released: David Warner, Quinton de Kock, Andre Russell, Colin de Grandhomme, Devon Conway, Paul Stirling, Danny Briggs, Liam Dawson, Archie Lenham, Delray Rawlins, Gus Atkinson, Max Waller
Birmingham Phoenix
Retained: Chris Woakes (Test), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Adam Milne, Benny Howell, Tom Abell, Will Smeed, Chris Benjamin, Miles Hammond, Henry Brookes
Released: Kane Williamson, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Finn Allen, Adam Zampa, Imran Tahir, David Bedingham, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Pat Brown, Tom Helm, Chris Cooke, Dillon Pennington, Adam Hose
Trent Rockets
Retained: Joe Root, Dawid Malan (both Test), Rashid Khan, Alex Hales, Lewis Gregory, Marchant de Lange, Luke Wood, Samit Patel, Matt Carter, Steven Mullaney, Sam Cook, Tom Moores
Released: Wahab Riaz, Nathan Coulter-Nile, D'Arcy Short, Ben Cox, Jack Leaning, Timm van der Gugten, Sonny Baker, Luke Wright
Oval Invincibles
Retained: Sam Curran, Rory Burns (both Test), Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Will Jacks, Saqib Mahmood, Reece Topley, Jordan Cox, Nathan Sowter
Released: Sunil Narine, Colin Ingram, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tabraiz Shamsi, Alex Blake, Jordan Cox, Laurie Evans, Brandon Glover
Northern Superchargers
Retained: Ben Stokes (Test), Adil Rashid, David Willey, Faf du Plessis, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Matthew Potts, John Simpson, Adam Lyth, Callum Parkinson
Released: Aaron Finch, Dane Vilas, Chris Lynn, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Matthew Fisher, Olly Stone, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Jordan Thompson, Ben Raine
Manchester Originals
Retained: Jos Buttler, Ollie Robinson (both Test), Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, Jamie Overton, Tom Hartley, Tom Lammonby, Colin Ackermann, Wayne Madsen, Fred Klaassen, Calvin Harrison
Released: Nicholas Pooran, Kagiso Rabada, Colin Munro, Carlos Brathwaite, Lockie Ferguson, Shadab Khan, Joe Clarke, Steven Finn, Richard Gleeson, Sam Hain, Dan Douthwaite
Welsh Fire
Retained: Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope (both Test), Ben Duckett, Jake Ball, David Payne, Leus du Plooy, Matt Critchley, Ryan Higgins, Josh Cobb
Released: Glenn Phillips, Kieron Pollard, Jhye Richardson, Qais Ahmad, Lungi Ngidi, James Neesham, Tom Banton, Ian Cockbain, Graeme White, Luke Fletcher, David Lloyd, Matt Milnes, Liam Plunkett
London Spirit
Retained: Zak Crawley, Mark Wood (both Test), Glenn Maxwell, Eoin Morgan, Mason Crane, Dan Lawrence, Adam Rossington, Ravi Bopara, Blake Cullen, Brad Wheal
Released: Josh Inglis, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nabi, David Wiese, Joe Denly, Joe Cracknell, Jade Dernbach, Luis Reece, Chris Wood, Roelof van der Merwe

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98