Cricket Australia has announced the launch of this summer’s Big Bash League, which will allow clubs to hire up to three first-team players overseas.
Candidates from around the world and CA said Wednesday that the draft will be finalized in the coming months.
The draft is designed to attract more overseas talent to Australia’s shores.
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“KFC BBL has a long history of bringing big names to Australia and we expect it to be a more attractive idea at the beginning of the draft.”
“The draft will also provide new strategic decision-making coverage for players and clubs as well as new levels of anticipation for the coming season.
“The response from players and agents around the world to the draft concept is very positive. They know how good summer is in Australia and we look forward to a strong team of candidates in the near future.
How does the draft work?
Players choose the game in whole or in part online.
You can be assigned to three pay categories: gold, silver and bronze.
BBL then elevates big names to platinum.
Clubs select players based on the weight lottery.
Missing last season’s finalists – Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Heath and Melbourne Renegads – will enter the lottery for one, two and three picks.
The weight-loss lottery is three times more likely to be ranked No. 1 by sixth-placed Renegads and Brisbane by seventh.
The other five franchises will go through the second weight lottery to decide on four to eight choices.
The draft will have four rounds.
– 1st round fet platinum only
– 2nd round fet platinum or gold
– 3rd round of gold or silver
– 4th round of silver or bronze
The first round is followed by the same voting order, two to four rounds before the snake order.
Clubs can pass selections but must sign at least two or at least three players at the end of the draft.
The draft offers clubs a one-off option, which can revoke the choice of another club and retain the player if they played for them last season.
Clubs can still contract up to four replacement overseas players in addition to the two or three players selected in the draft.
However, the substitute player must be a candidate for the draft unless approved by the CA.