Welsh Fire added big-hitting West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard to its squad while Southern Brave signed up Australia opener David Warner for The Hundred, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s franchise-based league which begins in July.

The eight men’s teams collectively added 35 players from a pool of more than 500 overseas and English cricketers to their rosters following the draft, details of which the ECB released on Tuesday.

All teams now have one wild card pick each to fill their final slots in June.

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“I can’t wait to come and play in The Hundred, it’s an exciting new cricket competition and I’m really pleased to be part of it,” number two pick Pollard said in a statement.

“… With Jhye (Richardson) joining as well, I think this Welsh Fire team has got some serious firepower in both bowling and batting…

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