India’s World Cup winning under-19 skipper Virat Kohli will not necessarily play for his home state’s Indian Premiere League (IPL) franchisee, the Delhi Daredevils; or Iqbal Abdulla for Mumbai or Sreevats Goswami for the Kolkata Knightriders.
According to sources, on Tuesday, the 15-member under-19 squad, plus one other under-19 player nominated by the IPL board, will form the first batch of IPL draft picks. With there being eight franchisees, each team can pick two u-19 players (or choose not to, if they so wish). Each player has a fixed value of $30,000 (Rs 12 lakh), which, interestingly, is $10,000 (Rs 4 lakh) more than what u-22 players have been valued at apiece.
The draft pick works this way. Each franchisee will be randomly assigned a number from 1 to 8, these numbers will be reversed from 9
So if the Daredevils pick No. 1, they will get first choice from among the batch of 16, but might be left with whoever is the 16th player left (unless someone else opts not to pick someone). The franchisee that draws No. 2 will have the 15th choice, No. 3 the 14th and so on.
If one or more franchisee decides not to pick a player, that player could stay unpicked. “It’s like this,” said an official. “If I have two keepers and am left with no choice but to pick a third, I might choose not to have him.”