Shane Warne says Lasith Malinga was ‘too pricey’

2019-10-21 at 15:13

Australian legend Shane Warne, head coach of London Spirit, suggested Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga were not selected in the first edition of The Hundred draft as they had over-priced themselves.

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.’