2021 Lanka Premier League draft set to take place on November 05th, 2021. Lanka Premier League Draft date is scheduled almost 1 month before the start of the second edition of LPL. Tournament start date is 5th December, 2021.
Lanka Premier League Draft Players list is already updated in one for our previous article which you can check. In all there are more than 677 players from various countries including home team registered for Lanka Premier League auction 2021.
Lanka Premier League Draft 2021 Process
The first round will be the overseas Icon player selection category in which all teams will have the freedom to pick not more than one player outside the draft with the prior approval of LPL Tournament Committee/IPG. If not should be pick from the Draft.
The second round will be the local Icon players who are already dedicated to respective teams (not negotiable). Local Icon players are listed in the end of this document.
Third round will be Diamond Overseas player selection category in which all teams will have the freedom to pick not more than one player outside the draft with the prior approval of LPL Tournament Committee/IPG. If not should be pick from the Draft.
Lanka Premier League Auction Rules
Icon & Diamond overseas players entering into the Lanka Premier League Player Draft must be a registered cricketer within his relevant national Cricket Board or have represented his country at international cricket and must have a great repute as a globally renowned cricket player. All Icon & Diamond players who enter the draft, are subjected to LPL Tournament Committee/IPG approval.
All other overseas players entering the Draft must have at least played in either international cricket or major T20 franchise base cricket in full member board tournaments.
Each team can pick up to a maximum of twenty (20) players shall be considered active members of the squad. Events such as replacements due to player injuries or sudden withdrawals due to personal reasons, should be managed within the original squad of 20 players.
LPL Draft Emerging Category Rules
During the round 15 and 16 of the draft, teams can pick only local Emerging players. Emerging players should be Under 23 as of 01st January the playing season.
Any player who have represented Sri Lanka in Test, ODI or T20 cannot be picked under the emerging player categories (This rule shall not apply to players who were part of national squads and not made debut for Sri Lanka on or before 01st January 2021).
Lanka Premier League Team Combination
At the end of the Draft, each team must have at least a minimum of 20 players on its roster (06 overseas & 14 local)
The Lanka Premier League Tournament Committee/IPG may consider to allow additional names to the draft who have participated in the last edition but not originally included in the Draft for this year
LPL Player Retention Rules
Franchisees will be given an opportunity to retain 4 players (2 overseas & 2 Local players) who represented their respective team in the last edition of LPL 2020. Franchisees must notify LPL Tournament Committee/IPG about the players and their category prior to the Draft.
Lanka Premier League Player Replacement Rules
A Player Replacement Draft may be held 10 days closer to the tournament in order to account for player unavailability’s.
A replacement player cannot be picked from a category higher or lower than the originally selected player’s category.