Big Bash League takes leaf from the IPL with overseas player draft to attract stars
Big Bash League Takes A Leaf From The IPL With Overseas Player Draw To Attract Stars To T20 Competition At ‘Globally Competitive Rates’
- Cricket Australia to introduce overseas draw for the T20 BBL this summer
- BBL clubs can recruit up to three primary foreign players, draft date pending
- ‘Globally competitive rates’ could see Indian superstar Virat Kohli play in the BBL
Cricket Australia has injected some much-needed life into the T20 Big Bash League, introducing an overseas draw similar to the Indian Premier League to attract elite superstars at ‘globally competitive rates’.
BBL clubs can recruit up to three primary foreign players, with nominations officially opening on Wednesday.
CA has confirmed that the draft will take place in the coming months, well ahead of the first games in December.
“The 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,” said Trent Woodhill, BBL player acquisition advisor.
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.
Cricket Australia has breathed some much-needed life into the T20 Big Bash League, introducing an overseas draw similar to the Indian Premier League to potentially attract elite stars such as Virat Kohli (pictured) at ‘global competitive rates’
BBL player acquisition advisor Trent Woodhill expects the BBL to see a ‘strong pool of world-class nominations’ in the near future (pictured, Gurinder Sandhu of Sydney Thunder)
“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.”
To reduce the chances of the same teams entering the finals each season, the teams that missed last season’s finals – Melbourne Stars, Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades – will be placed in a weighted lottery for picks one, two and three. according to Fox Sports.
The weighted lottery means the Renegades, who finished last earlier this year, are in the box to snag number one.
The five teams that made it to the BBL final will be placed in a separate lottery to determine picks four through eight.
The design will contain four rounds:
– Round 1: Platinum only
– Round 2: Platinum or Gold (up to $260,000)
– Round 3: Gold or Silver (up to $175,000)
– Round 4: Silver or Bronze (up to $100,000)
The draft also offers clubs one choice of retention, who can override another club’s roster and keep a player if they previously played for them.
In addition, clubs will still be able to sign up to four or five replacement foreign players – in addition to two or three chosen in the draft, allowing some clubs to have up to seven international players in their eleventh.
HOW DOES THE BBL DESIGN WORK?
- Players nominate themselves online for part or all of the BBL tournament
- They can nominate for three salary categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze
- The BBL will then elevate the biggest names in the world of cricket to ‘Platinum’ status
- Clubs can also choose players in an order determined by a ‘weighted’ lottery