David, the Australian middle-order batter who has played internationally for Singapore, signed for Southern Brave as a late replacement for Colin de Grandhomme ahead of the knockout stages, playing in the eliminator against Trent Rockets before hitting 15 off 6 balls and pulling off a run-out against Birmingham Phoenix in the final.
The change might affect Hundred teams with overseas players that are part of this year’s Caribbean Premier League – such as Bravo (Northern Superchargers), Sunil Narine (Oval Invincibles) and Andre Russell (Manchester Originals) – with the CPL due to start on August 30 and the Hundred’s knockout fixtures scheduled for September 2 and 3.
However, the Hundred’s organisers are hoping to minimise the number of replacement overseas players signing during the tournament this season and have introduced a ‘wildcard’ overseas draft which will see each team add a fourth overseas player to their squad.
Teams will still only be able to field three overseas players in a single playing XI, but the addition of a fourth option in their squad is aimed to reduce the number of comings and goings once the season has started, with several players likely to miss games due to their international commitments.
The overseas ‘wildcard’ draft is provisionally due to be staged on June 9, with some of the Blast’s leading unsigned overseas players – including Carlos Brathwaite, Dan Christian and Ashton Turner – expected to compete for contracts, which are worth £50,000 each. Each women’s team will also sign a ‘wildcard’ overseas player, with their contracts worth £15,000 each.
The majority of Covid-19 protocols from the 2020 and 2021 seasons have been rolled back in line with changes to national regulations, with players only required to test when they are symptomatic and the need for close contacts to self-isolate dropped.