The Caribbean Premier League draft takes place on Wednesday, June 5 in Jamaica, and fans and players alike will be able to keep track of which players are going to which franchise team via social media and the CPL website, www.cplt20.com.
As of 12pm Jamaica time (1pm Eastern Caribbean time) on Wednesday, fans will be able to log on to the CPL website or the CPL Facebook page, found at www.facebook.com/carnivalt20 or follow the CPL Twitter feed, @cpl_t20 to see the six franchise teams being filled with players as the draft goes on and the players are bought.
“There has been much anticipation about the draft; fans are eager to know which teams their favourite players are going to be drafted to play on, and the players themselves want to know which country they will be suiting up for so we will be using the power of social media to get the word out as quickly as we can,” said CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe.
The Selection Committee for each team – which consists of the head coach, assistant coach and the international and West Indian franchise players for that particular team – will pick the teams, and the process will be supervised by the Most Honourable PJ Patterson, Walter Scott, QC and Lance Gibbs of the CPL Cricket Committee.
Also two outside officiators have been appointed by the Tournament Committee and will be present as well; they are former Jamaican Chief Justice Lensley Wolfe and former PWC Senior Partner Tony Lewars.
“Although most of the West Indian and International franchise players are unable to physically attend the draft due to playing commitments they will be with their coaches utilising technology and of course they have been in touch with their coaches to talk strategy and possible draft picks already, the selection teams will all be connected via Skype during the entire draft,” explained O’Donohoe. “Obviously the franchise players have a vested interest in seeing the best possible team compiled and so they have been very involved in the process.”
The player draft is exactly that, a draft. Unlike the IPL which does an auction, CPL has chosen a more fair and controlled system for their first year. “A draft ensures that salaries are kept within the established range,” explained O’Donohoe. “We wanted to provide solid income for the players, but move away from the auction/sale format and ensure consistency within the draft round picks. This format encourages picking of players who have been top performers and gives them higher salaries for being picked in the earlier rounds.”
The Team Composition
Each team will be made up from 15 squad players with the first two players of each team being the pre-selected West Indian and international franchise players. The remaining 13 players will be four elite players (West Indian and International), seven eligible players and two under-23 players who will be selected from threepoo ls:
POOL A – ELITE
A total of 26 players available for selection
Fourteen of these players are elite West Indian players and 11 are elite international players
Each team will have four selections from this pool
A maximum of two elite international players may be selected per squad from this pool
POOL B – ELIGIBLE
A total of six international players, over 100 domestic players and the balance of players from Pool A who were not selected
Each team will have five selections from this pool
A maximum of one international player may be selected from this pool
POOL B – ELIGIBLE/UNDER-23
Developing, talented under-23 players from across the region and the balance of Pool B players who have not been selected
Each team will have four selections from this pool
The first two selections will be done on the same basis as in Pool A and B, with each team getting a pick
The last two selections will be non-competitive and teams must select under-23 players from their country only (in the case of Antigua and St. Lucia this will mean players from the Leeward and Windward Islands respectively)
No international players are in this pool
O’Donohoe also outlined the salaries for the players in the draft.
Franchise Players – US$150,000
Pool A – Elite
1st Round – US$100,000
2nd Round – US$90,000
3rd Round – US$70,000
4th Round – US$50,000
Pool B – Eligible
1st Round – US$40,000
2nd Round – US$25,000
3rd Round – US$25, 000
4th Round – US$10,000
5th Round – US$10,000
Pool C – Under-23/eligible – all four rounds are US$5,000 each
Post Draft Trades
Immediately following the draft, the team selection committees have a maximum of 24 hours to discuss internally and with other selection committees whether they want to do a trade for players amongst themselves, confirmed O’Donohoe.
“Only one trade will be allowed per team; players can only be traded from within the same pools; and no further trades may be done between teams after the 24 hour period following all draft selections,” he noted. “We believe we have made the draft process as fair as possible, and that all teams will be given the opportunity to pick the best players possible. We are excited to see the outcome of this very first draft for the inaugural Caribbean Premier League, and we encourage our fans to follow the process online.”
O’Donohoe said on the tail of the draft, team names and captains will be announced soon.
To see the list of franchise players and coaches, click www.cplt20.com/team-locations/jamaica. To view the tournament schedule, click www.cplt20.com/fixtures and to see the list of CPL draft players, click www.cplt20.com.cpl_draft_players.
The inaugural Caribbean Premier League starts on 30 July in Barbados and concludes on 24 August in Trinidad.
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