The BBL’s overseas player Draft has finally been announced after years of planning.
It’s a seismic shift for the competition and, Cricket Australia hopes, one that will allow the BBL to improve its standing in the increasingly-packed global calendar of short-form competitions.
The concept is simple: every international player must register for the Draft, regardless of whether or not they have played down under in the past. Teams will then select two or three players across four rounds, with teams who struggled last year having a higher chance of picking earlier in the first round.
Importantly, there will be no change as to how clubs sign Australian players.
On the surface, it looks straightforward – clubs take turns picking the best international talents.
But the details of the Draft reveal…