Cricket Australia Introduce Draft System for Women’s Big Bash League

Cricket Australia has stated that the Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) will undergo certain adjustments beginning with the upcoming edition. Photo: WBBL

Cricket Australia has stated that the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will undergo certain adjustments beginning with the upcoming edition, as announced on Wednesday, April 26, 2023.

The WBBL will now draft players, following in the footsteps of the men’s BBL, which implemented a similar system for the 2022-23 season.

Each club will be able to sign up to three overseas players via the draft, excluding replacement players. More details about the draft, such as the date and order of selection for teams, will be provided later. However, it is expected to closely mimic the BBL’s draught procedure from last summer, with no substantial modifications.

A retention pick system is also an option, giving teams priority access to abroad players from the previous season. Although the specifics have not been established. It’s worth noting that in last year’s BBL draft, each club was given a single retention pick.

There is also a modification in the definition of ‘marquee’ players, with any player, domestic or foreign, earning $50,000 or more per season being deemed a ‘marquee’ player. Every team will be required to sign at least five marquee players beginning with the following season. Previously, clubs could only sign a maximum of five marquee players who were either CA-contracted Australians or overseas cricketers.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Cricket Australia has stated that the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) will undergo certain adjustments beginning with the upcoming edition. Photo: WBBL

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