Big Bash League introduces draft system

Australia's Big Bash League (BBL) has introduced a draft system which will be implemented in its upcoming edition to pick overseas players. Each franchise will be allowed to pick a minimum of two and a maximum of three foreign players.

In the BBL Draft system, the authority has announced four categories; Platinum Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Platinum's remuneration amount is set as the highest and all different categories will have different pay brackets.

It must be noted that nominations for the upcoming edition of the BBL are already open for the draft which might take place next month. As far as the Draft Order is concerned, it will be decided via a weighted lottery.

The three teams to miss the Finals in KFC BBL|11 will be entered in the first weighted lottery to determine selections one, two, and three. The five finalists from last season will then be drawn for selections four to eight.

Concerning the rounds, the draft will compose of four rounds with one pick per club in each. The clubs may elect to pass in certain rounds, but each must pick a minimum of two and a maximum of three players by the completion of round four.

Round one is for Platinum players only and will follow the draft order drawn via the above method. Round two will follow the same order as round one, after which rounds three and four will follow a snaking order.

Each club is allowed for single retention which might be picked in any round of the draft. A player will only be eligible for retention if he has played the last edition of the league.

After the Draft, Clubs will be able to contract up to five replacement overseas players. A player must have been nominated for the Draft to be an eligible replacement overseas player unless approved by the League.

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