Players’ salaries for the imminent Caribbean Premier League will range from US$150 000 at the top level to US$5 000 at the bottom.
This was revealed today by CPL chief executive officer Damien O’Donohoe, as the league prepares for tomorrow’s draft of players which takes place in Jamaica and can be followed on the social media via the CPL website, www.cplt20.com, CPL Facebook page, found at www.facebook.com/carnivalt20or the CPL Twitter feed, @cpl_t20.
In a media release O’ Donohoe outlined the salary structure for the draft as follows: 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 (4) rounds are US$5,000 each.
“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,” O’ Donohoe said.
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 former Jamaican Prime Minister 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.
Use of technology
“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,” he said.
O’Donohoe noted that unlike the Indian Premier League which had picked players via an auction system, the CPL had chosen the draft system which he described as a more “fair and controlled system” for their first year.
“A draft ensures that salaries are kept within the established range. 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,” O’Donohoe explained.
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 three pools.
POOL A – ELITE
A total of 26 players available for selection.Fourteen of these players are Elite West Indian players and eleven 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. 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 following the draft, team names and captains would be announced soon. The inaugural Caribbean Premier League starts on July 30 in Barbados and concludes on August 24 in Trinidad and Tobago. (WG/PR)