Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has headlined the BBL draft for the upcoming season. A free agent at the moment, du Plessis is a sought after commodity in world cricket.
Faf du Plessis plays a shot in the IPL. (Courtesy: BCCI/PTI)
- Big Bash League is trying to attract as much overseas talent as possible
- BBL is one of the most innovative leagues in the world
- Four SA-born players have put their names in the overseas draft
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Faf du Plessis has headlined the Big Bash League overseas draft for the upcoming season. This will be the first ever draft process from the Australian league who have been left wanting for exposure across the world. The move is expected to be aimed at drawing in big names with attractive salary caps to come and entertain the fans.
Du Plessis, who took his Indian Premier League franchise RCB to a third place finish in his very first season as a captain has not featured for South Africa in a very long time. This makes the veteran cricketer a sought after commodity in the franchise leagues across the world.
In the IPL, du Plessis scored 468 runs from 16 matches, putting up exciting knocks. Alongside du Plessis, the likes of Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese and Marchant de Lange have been confirmed to have entered the draft process.
Russouw is an experienced campaigner, who plies his trade throughout the world, while the other two – de Lange and Wiese have been very effective across the world in the recent years.
The players who will put their names into the draft will be divided in four categories – platinum, gold, silver and bronze depending on the number of games that they will be playing in the season. Du Plessis is expected to be in the platinum category with the highest salary cap for the players.
The Big Bash League has tried to make the matches more exciting with innovations in its rules, but has always faced an outreach problem with big names not becoming a regular part of the league. The draft system is expected to change that and make the league go global.