Awesome, Round 9 is now out! Some people got lucky (in a shock twist, this includes Ed); some people got screwed (including the worst pool of the draft, surprisingly not going to Ed).
Mine's not much better. It's saved by the last two - I need pace bowling, and both offer it. I'll take Jhye Richardson who's on a nuts wickets/games pace for a guy who's mostly played L/O. FYI, if not for two debutants who joined the overall list between Rounds 8 and 9, I'd have had to take Jonty Rhodes and been in a pinch
All the Pakistan fans are online and submitting their picks right now. I wonder why...
There's five realistic options here, depending on a team's situation - a genuine rarity. But the best of the, and the one Ahmed takes, is Vernon Philander. Perfect pick for a team in the same situation as me.
Another team needing two of a kind - this time, top order batters - and getting one here. While not as good a player as Mitch, Neil Johnson could hold his own with bat and ball, and is best known for a stellar 1999 World Cup. Stats for this period are a bit low, as he effectively Kolpak'd within a year of the new millenium.
Parth's Pool (I made the PAK joke before he responded):
This is not the worst pool, despite what you may think. It's horrific situationally though as, with Parth needing batting or a spinning allrounder, he gets shit BAN quicks. Abul Hasan has a surprisingly good batting record in FC too, which qualifies him as a #7 in this context.
Not brilliant, but one of the positions I need is opener, and there are candidates to fill it - I'm going for a little bit of a homer in Cam Bancroft who can also be an emergency keeper. Now for Glenn McGrath next week.