By Richard Gibson and Kishan Vaghela For Mailonline
Published: 06:00 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 06:04 BST, 9 October 2020
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
Bairstow (centre) will either have to negotiate a new deal with Welsh Fire or enter a mini-draft
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
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