“I’m overjoyed to be joining Oval Invincibles,” Hasnain said. “The Hundred looked like great fun last year and I can’t wait to get involved. The opportunity to play alongside stars like Sunil Narine, Jason Roy and the Curran brothers is hugely exciting. I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the field again.”
The wildcard draft, which sees a fourth overseas player added to each squad, was brought in for the 2022 season as an attempt to offset the disruption caused by players coming and going due to international commitments or injury. Teams in the Hundred will still only be able to field three overseas players in their XI.
“I’m really excited to be heading to Welsh Fire,” Carey said. “We’ve already got a strong Aussie contingent with Rachael Haynes and Annabel Sutherland and combine that with Tammy Beaumount as skipper and we’ve got the makings of a really strong squad. I’ve never played at Cardiff before and I’m looking forward to seeing the Welsh Fire fans making lots of noise at Sophia Gardens.”
Women’s team remain able to make signings up until the end of June, while men’s squads will be completed when Vitality Blast wildcard picks are made on July 7.
Sanjay Patel, managing director of the Hundred, said: “It is brilliant news to welcome 16 more international stars to the Hundred. Players from seven countries have been selected and it’s great to welcome the likes of Mohammad Hasnain, Deepti Sharma and Suzie Bates to the Hundred this year. This continues to take the quality of cricket to another level and we can’t wait for a second summer of incredible sporting action.”
Hundred overseas wildcard draft
Birmingham Phoenix Deepti Sharma (India) Imran Tahir (South Africa)
London Spirit Jess Kerr (New Zealand) Ben McDermott (Australia)
Manchester Originals Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand) Ashton Turner (Australia)
Northern Superchargers Heather Graham (Australia) David Wiese (Namibia)
Oval Invincibles Suzie Bates (New Zealand) Mohmmad Hasnain (Pakistan)
Southern Brave Molly Strano (Australia) Finn Allen (New Zealand)
Trent Rockets Elyse Villani (Australia) Daniel Sams (Australia)
Welsh Fire Nicola Carey (Australia) Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan)