Cricket Australia has announced the introduction of a draft to this summer’s Big Bash League, which will allow clubs to recruit up to three primary foreign players.
Nominations opened worldwide on Wednesday, and CA says the drawing will take place in the coming months.
The concept aims to attract more foreign talent to Australia’s shores, with CA promising ‘global competitive rates’ for those who nominate.
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BBL player acquisition consultant Trent Woodhill said in a statement: “The KFC BBL has a long history of bringing the biggest names to Australia and we expect it to be an even more compelling proposition with the introduction of the concept.
“The Draft will create a new layer of strategic decision-making for both players and clubs, as well as new levels of anticipation for the coming season.
“Feedback from players and brokers around the world on the Draft concept has been very positive. They know what a great experience a summer in Australia is and we expect a strong pool of nominations in the near future.”
HOW DOES THE DESIGN WORK?
Players nominate themselves online for part or all of the tournament.
They can nominate for three salary categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
The BBL will then elevate the biggest names to platinum status.
Clubs select players in an order determined by a weighted lottery.
Those who missed last season’s final – Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades – will be entered into a raffle for picks one, two and three.
The weighted lottery means that the last-seeded Renegades are three times more likely to draw number 1 than the sixth-seeded Stars, and twice as likely as seventh-seeded Brisbane.
The remaining five franchises will enter a second weighted lottery to determine the four to eight picks.
The design has 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 drawn, before rounds two through four follow a pendulum order.
Clubs can choose, but must sign a minimum of two and a maximum of three players at the end of the draft.
The draft also offers clubs one choice of retention, who can override another club’s selection and keep a player if they played for that club in the previous season.
Clubs can still sign up to four or five replacement foreign players in addition to the two or three selected in the draft (up to a total of seven internationals in total).
However, the replacement player must also be nominated for the draft unless approved by CA.