Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Salt's Chuffed to Be Handed Originals Pick

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Salt's Chuffed to Be Handed Originals Pick

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THERE will be a feeling of coming home for Phil Salt when he plays for Manchester Originals in The Hundred next summer.

The 23-year-old Sussex batsman was head coach Simon Katich's third pick in Sunday's draft, netting him a cool £100,000.

And if his dad had a few quid on his son being snapped up by the Originals, he could have made a bit of a killing himself.

"My dad told me before the draft that he had a feeling I was going to go to Manchester," Salt told M.E.N. Sport. "He is from Blackley - my family is from Manchester so it was the team I wanted to get picked by. I'm chuffed.

"I was born in North Wales and used to get across to Manchester all the time to watch City - back in the days of the lower leagues, pretty dire days! But I am a big City fan.

"I love the city, it is a great place to be. But on the pitch, the chance to play at Emirates Old Trafford is unbelievable, it is one of the best grounds in the world.

"The coaching staff was a big pull too - Simon Katich and Glen Chapple. Working with them is something I am really looking forward to. So I was absolutely chuffed when the Manchester Originals picked me."

Some have questioned the amount of money Manchester have paid for Salt, who has a reputation as being an attack-minded top-order batsman.

But that is not something that worries him.

"I was hoping to be one of the earlier picks, but when my name came up I was chuffed to bits," he said.

The chance Emirates Old unbelievable, the best the Phil "But it's not really about the money for me, it's more the recognition that people think that highly of me that I got picked for that amount of money. That is what is really important for me.

"I tried to stay away from the draft - at the end of the day you can't control it.

"I went round to (Sussex teammate) Chris Jordan's to drop some bats off and the first round was on TV. He told me to stay because he had a feeling I was going to get picked early, and sure enough my name came up."

Salt may have played just 50 T20 games, but he already has experience of Franchise cricket having played in the Caribbean Premier League for the Barbados Tridents and the Pakistan Super League for Islamabad United. …

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