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ISL Drafting: All you need to know

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All you need to know about the ISL 2017 drafting to be held this Sunday

Amidst the paparazzi of the u-17 World Cup doing its rounds in the Indian football circuit for the last few months, one thing that has been lingering continuously on the back of people’s minds is the drafting event of this year’s Indian Super League. With only two days to go it goes without saying that all the ISL franchises must have almost sorted out their strategies pretty much regarding whom they should grab and include in their squads depending on their price tags, utility and also who would be a perfect match to their requirements.

With the participation of Bengaluru FC this time round and new franchise like Jamshedpur FC also joining the venture the stature of the competition will be one notch higher without a doubt. So all the teams are preparing themselves to be well equipped to combat this gruelling competition that would earn them a place in the highly respected AFC Cup. We here at Lntup.com have tried to explain the drafting system in the most simplified manner.

What does drafting of players actually mean

Drafting is more or less an alien stuff to Indian football viewers as previously they have only been acquainted with bidding and auction of players which happened a few years back.

The prime difference between drafting and auction is that now players are available to the franchises at their base prices. So it actually serves the two fold interests of both the club as well as the player as clubs could go for their prime targets without the worry of overpricing. In perspective of the player he can weigh up his base price to a fairly higher amount compared to the auction scenario two years back. Considering these aspects it can be summed up as the fairest deal possible to both the parties.

Provisions made for franchises ahead of drafting

As per the new norms and regulations, among the ten clubs except Jamshedpur FC (they are the newest franchise) and Delhi Dynamos (they did not opt to retain any player) each of the remaining eight can retain a maximum of 2 of their senior players and as far as the u-21’s are considered the number goes up to 3 before going into the draft.

Although if the u-21 player has already donned the national colours at least once then he will be treated as a senior player and would no longer be considered in the latter category. However the team having already retained 2 of its senior players going into the draft is permissible to go after players only after round 2 (the likes of Atletico de Kolkata having retained Debjit Majumder and Prabir Das, Chennaiyan FC having retained Jeje Lalpekhlua and Karanjeet Singh, Bengaluru retaining Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar and Malsamzwala).

The maximum squad size should be 25 with a minimum of 7 foreigners and 15 Indian players and at least 2 u-21 players should be included. As far as the marquee players are concerned each of the respective clubs would have to buy themselves separately.

Players to watch out for in the upcoming draft

In spite of some of the big names of Indian football having already been retained by their respective franchises, the ones who are creating maximum buzz are the likes of Anas Edathodika (base priced at a hefty amount of Rs 1.1 crore), Eugeneson Lyngdoh (his base price was set at a whopping Rs 1.1 crore as well), Pronay Halder ( baseprice set at Rs 58 lakhs after being let go by his former franchise Mumbai City FC), Pritam Kotal (having his base price set at Rs 75 lakhs), Balwant Singh who turned down Mohun Bagan’s lucrative offer to try his luck in the drafting (has his base price set at Rs 65 lakhs), veteran goal keeper also has his eyes on this year’s ISL (having his base price set to as much as Rs 87 lakhs).

The likes of Arindam Bhattacharya, Narayan Das and Robin Singh have also decided to make themselves available for drafting. Apparently these are some of the predominant names that can potentially hit the headline for the next one week or so and can be in prime demand on the D-day(or the drafting day). As we can see there is a vast diversification of the staged base prices for various players depending on their quality, recent performances, national team appearences,etc.

So some of the more prominent players have a really high base price while some other inexperienced or relatively raw players would only be able to manage a lumsum amount.

Venue,Telecast,Timing and many more that people need to know

The drafting will take place at The St. Regis Hotel, Mumbai this Sunday morning from 10 a.m. Unfortunately it will not be telecasted by ISL’s broadcasting partners Star India on TV (as per the latest information) but will be streamed live on Hotstar. And for the TV viewers they can avail the repeat telecast of the event on July 29, July 31 and August 7 from 9 p.m on Star Sports 2.