Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Perth Scorchers: What you need to know for the BBL Draft

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Perth Scorchers will move closer to finalising their playing list when the inaugural KFC Big Bash League Draft takes place on Sunday 28 August.

But what is the Draft, how will it work, and who is involved?

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a landmark day for the MBBL.

When is the draft and where can I watch it?

The Draft will be broadcast live on Foxtel and Kayo Sports following the first ODI between Australia and Zimbabwe in Townsville.  

What is the draft’s purpose?

The Draft is the primary way for clubs to recruit their overseas players ahead of the upcoming season.

Previously, clubs would negotiate with players and their managers directly.

Player nominations and categories

In total, 332 players from 20 countries have nominated for the Draft and detailed to clubs their availability for part or all the MBBL.

There are four categories in which players can be selected: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Salaries for each category have been set at globally competitive rates, with Platinum the highest player payment grade.

Click here to see the full list of Draft nominees.

Draft order

The Draft order was determined through a weighted lottery, granting Perth picks 6, 14, 19 and 30.

Melbourne Renegades (picks one, nine, 24, 25), Melbourne Stars (two, 10, 23, 26), Brisbane Heat (three, 11, 22, 27), Sydney Sixers (four, 12, 21, 28), Adelaide Strikers (five, 13, 20, 29), Sydney Thunder (seven, 15, 18, 31) and Hobart Hurricanes (8, 16, 17, 32) also hold four selections.

Clubs may elect to pass in certain rounds, but each club must pick a minimum of two and maximum of three players by the completion of round four.

Round one is for Platinum players, round two for Platinum and Gold, round three for Gold and Silver, and round four for Silver and Bronze.

Retention picks

Each club is entitled to one Retention Pick, which can be used in any round of the Draft.

A player is eligible for retention if they played at least one match for that club the season prior.

Perth’s retention options are Laurie Evans (England), Tymal Mills (England) and Colin Munro (New Zealand).

Former Scorchers Liam Livingstone, Chris Jordan and David Willey have also nominated for the draft, but would need to be selected from the open pool.  

Total players and replacements

Each club’s MBBL squad will feature 18 players including two or three overseas players from the Draft. The remainder of the squad comprises domestic players.

Clubs have the option of contracting up to four replacement overseas players following the Draft, but these players must have initially nominated for the Draft.

Perth Scorchers MBBL squad: 
Ashton Turner (captain)
Ashton Agar
Cameron Bancroft
Jason Behrendorff
Cooper Connolly
Aaron Hardie
Peter Hatzoglou
Nick Hobson
Josh Inglis
Matt Kelly
Mitch Marsh
Lance Morris
Jhye Richardson
Andrew Tye 

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