sport news Ollie Pope replaces the discarded Jonny Bairstow as Welsh Fire's ...

Ollie Pope replaces the discarded Jonny Bairstow as Welsh Fire's centrally-contracted England star as the first 18 players are announced for next year's delayed start of The Hundred Jonny Bairstow was posted to Welsh Fire in 2019 as a centrally contracted player  But he has since lost his central contract and has to do with a white-ball deal  That means that Ollie Pope is now the Cardiff side's main England representative  Pope had been at Southern Brave, who opted to retain fast bowler Jofra Archer 

By Richard Gibson and Kishan Vaghela For Mailonline

Published: 06:00 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 06:04 BST, 9 October 2020

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Jonny Bairstow will either have to negotiate a new deal with Welsh Fire or enter a mini-draft in early 2021 after the loss of his England central contract saw him replaced in the squads for the inaugural Hundred competition.

Under the terms of the competition, each of the eight teams were provided with a contracted England Test player and Bairstow - who struck a stunning 55-ball 97 at the Indian Premier League on Thursday - was posted to Cardiff 12 months ago.

However, with the inaugural 100-ball-a-side tournament delayed until next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Test collective have been redistributed, meaning Ollie Pope - one of three new central contract holders - is now the Fire's main England representative as part of the first 18 players announced for the competition.

Ollie Pope is Welsh Fire's main England player after Jonny Bairstow lost his central contract

Ollie Pope is Welsh Fire's main England player after Jonny Bairstow lost his central contract

Bairstow (centre) will either have to negotiate a new deal with Welsh Fire or enter a mini-draft

Bairstow (centre) will either have to negotiate a new deal with Welsh Fire or enter a mini-draft

CONFIRMED PLAYERS FOR THE HUNDRED 2021 

Birmingham Phoenix – Amy Jones, Dom Sibley and Chris Woakes

London Spirit – Zak Crawley and Deandra Dottin

Manchester Originals – Jos Buttler and Kate Cross

Northern Superchargers – Ben Stokes and Lauren Winfield-Hill

Oval Invincibles – Rory Burns, Sam Curran and Fran Wilson

Southern Brave – Jofra Archer and Stafanie Taylor

Trent Rockets – Joe Root and Nat Sciver

Welsh Fire – Katie George and Ollie Pope

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Pope had been at Southern Brave, who opted to retain Jofra Archer as their homegrown icon, while Zak Crawley - a snip of a signing at £40,000 last October - has been upgraded at London Spirit, triggering a cross-capital switch for

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