Cricket Australia has announced the introduction of a draft for this summer’s Big Bash League, which will allow clubs to recruit up to three primary overseas players.
Nominations opened worldwide on Wednesday and CA says the draft will take place in the coming months.
The draft is designed to lure more foreign talent to Australian shores, promising “globally competitive rates” for those enrolled with ca.
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BBL player acquisition consultant Trent Woodhill said in a statement: “KFC BBL has a long history of bringing in the biggest names in Australia and we expect this to be an even more attractive proposition with the introduction of the draft.
“The draft will create a new layer of strategic decision-making for players and clubs alike, while also creating new levels of anticipation for the upcoming season.
“The response to the draft concept from players and agents around the world has been very positive. They know how great it is to experience summer in Australia and we are looking forward to a strong pool of enrollments in the near future.
How will the draft work?
Players will enroll themselves online for either part or the entire tournament.
They can enroll for three pay categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
The BBL will then award platinum status to the biggest names.
Clubs will choose the players in an order decided by a weighted lottery.
Those who missed last season’s finals – Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades – go to a lottery to choose one, two and three.
The weighted lottery means that last-placed Renegades are three times as likely to attract pick number 1 than sixth-placed stars, and twice as likely to be seventh-placed Brisbane.
The remaining five franchises go to a second weighted lottery to choose four to eight.
The draft will have four rounds:
– Round 1: Platinum only
– Round 2: Platinum or Gold
– Round 3: Gold or Silver
– Round 4: Silver or Bronze
Round one follows the same pick order as the draw, with round two following a snaking order before four.
Clubs can pass picks, but must sign at least two and a maximum of three players by the end of the draft.
The draft will also offer clubs a retention pick, which can override the selection of another club and retain a player if he played for them in the previous season.
Clubs may still contract four or five replacement foreign players in addition to the two or three (up to a total of seven internationals) selected in the draft.
However, the replacement player must also be nominated for the draft, unless approved by CA.