Indian Super League Teams To Draft Domestic Players From Monday Through Wednesday
Six of the eight franchises in the "IMG Reliance and Star India-promoted Hero Indian Super League" will be "selecting 14 domestic players for their teams in the player drafting process to be held from Monday to Wednesday," according to Urvi Malvania of the Indian BUSINESS STANDARD. The Goa and Guwahati teams, which have "already selected the players from their I-League clubs Dempo and Shillong Lajong, respectively, will not take part in the selection process." The six teams are expected to shell out Rs 22 crore ($3.6M)-Rs 25 crore ($4.1M) in the drafting process. The "costliest players in the league are Subrata Paul, Gounrmanga Singh and Nirmal Chettri among others." The highest cost per player in the "inaugural season of the league" will be Rs 80 lakh ($132,600). A total of 84 players are in the "central pool and will be drafted by the six teams over 14 rounds." The league has "loaned 30 players from the I-League clubs for four months and the franchises picking up these players will have to pay the I-League." The remaining 54 players have been signed by the ISL on a "one-year contract and will be paid by the franchise that selects them, at the price mentioned in the contract" (BUSINESS STANDARD, 7/19).