Draft: The Lasagne Draft


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So, as the Layer Cake Draft nears completion (with big thanks to everyone involved for making it such a success), it is time to get a new draft moving to try to fill the yawning void of self-isolation. But what could possibly fill the void of such a bonkers draft?

Well - another one exactly the same of course. Welcome to The Lasagne Draft. It's the same thing, but with one-day teams (although @Na Maloom Afraad spent a little while building a one-day team, but he's well on his way to fixing it now).

How it works

The first three "layers" of this draft will be run by PM. It means quite a bit of work on my end, but please oh please I need something to fill my days at the moment.

Layer 1 - Protected Player
This is the one player you want in your side above all else. Well, unless someone else tries to protect him - then you both miss out.

@ahmedleo414 - :aus: :bat: Ricky Ponting
@Aislabie - :eng: :ar: Andrew Flintoff
@Bevab - :eng: :wkb: Jonny Bairstow
@blokerdave - :wi: :bwl: Joel Garner
@CerealKiller - :pak: :ar: Wasim Akram
@DalePlaysCricket - :eng: :bat: Kevin Pietersen
@deleted member - :ind: :ar: Ajay Sharma
@El Loco - :saf: :wkb: AB de Villiers
@Na Maloom Afraad - :ind: :bat: Sachin Tendulkar
@Yash. - :pak: :bat: Zaheer Abbas

Layer 2 - Rejected Players
This is the part where you pick 20 players who you don't want to be available for anyone. There are tactical ways of doing this, but remember that anyone you reject here will be unavailable to you even in...

:pak: :bat: Sajid Ali - @CerealKiller
:saf: :bat: Hashim Amla - @Bevab / @deleted member
:pak: :bat: Saeed Anwar - @Yash.
:pak: :bat: Babar Azam - @Aislabie
:ind: :bat: Mohammad Azharuddin - @Na Maloom Afraad
:ire: :bat: Andy Balbirnie - @blockerdave
:eng: :bat: Ian Bell - @DalePlaysCricket
:eng: :bat: Alastair Cook - @DalePlaysCricket
:ned: :bat: Tom de Grooth - @CerealKiller
:eng: :bat: Neil Fairbrother - @DalePlaysCricket
:aus: :bat: Aaron Finch - @Bevab
:nzf: :bat: Stephen Fleming - @ahmedleo414
:ind: :bat: Sunil Gavaskar - @Na Maloom Afraad
:eng: :bat: David Gower - @El Loco
:nzf: :bat: Martin Guptill - @Bevab / @blockerdave / @deleted member
:aus: :bat: Matthew Hayden - @Aislabie / @blockerdave
:eng: :bat: Graeme Hick - @ahmedleo414
:eng: :bat: Nasser Hussain - @DalePlaysCricket
:ban: :bat: Tamim Iqbal - @ahmedleo414
:ind: :bat: Mohammad Kaif - @Na Maloom Afraad
:ind: :bat: Vinod Kambli - @Na Maloom Afraad
:aus: :bat: Simon Katich - @DalePlaysCricket
:saf: :bat: Gary Kirsten - @El Loco
:ind: :bat: Virat Kohli - @blockerdave / @deleted member / @El Loco / @Na Maloom Afraad / @Yash.
:ind: :bat: Arun Lal - @CerealKiller
:eng: :bat: Allan Lamb - @ahmedleo414
:wi: :bat: Brian Lara - @ahmedleo414 / @Bevab / @El Loco
:ind: :bat: VVS Laxman - @deleted member / @Na Maloom Afraad
:zim: :bat: Hamilton Masakadza - @blockerdave
:ind: :bat: Cheteshwar Pujara - @deleted member
:wi: :bat: Floyd Reifer - @CerealKiller
:nep: :bat: Anil Sah - @CerealKiller
:ind: :bat: Virender Sehwag - @Bevab / @Na Maloom Afraad
:ind: :bat: Rohit Sharma - @Aislabie / @deleted member / @El Loco / @Na Maloom Afraad
:aus: :bat: Steve Smith - @blockerdave / @deleted member
:can: :bat: Zubin Surkari - @CerealKiller
:sri: :bat: Upul Tharanga - @Aislabie
:eng: :bat: Graham Thorpe - @DalePlaysCricket
:eng: :bat: Jonathan Trott - @blockerdave
:eng: :bat: Michael Vaughan - @DalePlaysCricket
:aus: :bat: David Warner - @deleted member
:nzf: :bat: Kane Williamson - @deleted member

:ban: :ar: Shakib Al Hasan - @Yash.
:aus: :ar: Greg Chappell - @El Loco
:sri: :arwk: Tillakaratne Dilshan - @Bevab
:ind: :ar: Sourav Ganguly - @Na Maloom Afraad
:wi: :ar: Chris Gayle - @deleted member
:sri: :ar: Sanath Jayasuriya - @ahmedleo414 / @Aislabie / @blockerdave / @Yash.
:saf: :ar: Jacques Kallis - @Yash.
:ind: :ar: Yuvraj Singh - @Na Maloom Afraad

:pak: :wkb: Kamran Akmal - @DalePlaysCricket
:sri: :wk: Pabudu Dassanayake - @CerealKiller
:saf: :wkb: Quinton de Kock - @Bevab
:ind: :wkb: MS Dhoni - @ahmedleo414 / @deleted member / @Na Maloom Afraad / @Yash.
:aus: :wkb: Adam Gilchrist - @Aislabie / @Bevab / @blockerdave
:aus: :wk: Brad Haddin - @Bevab
:wi: :wkb: Shai Hope - @Bevab
:nzf: :wkb: Tom Latham - @Bevab
:nzf: :wkb: Brendon McCullum - @Bevab
:sri: :wkb: Kusal Perera - @Bevab
:ire: :wk: Stuart Poynter - @CerealKiller
:ind: :wkb: Lokesh Rahul - @Bevab
:eng: :wk: Steve Rhodes - @Aislabie
:ind: :wk: Wriddhiman Saha - @deleted member
:sri: :wkb: Kumar Sangakkara - @ahmedleo414 / @Bevab / @El Loco
:eng: :wkb: Alec Stewart - @Bevab
:wi: :wk: David Williams - @CerealKiller

:ind: :ar: Ajit Agarkar - @ahmedleo414
:ind: :ar: Bharat Arun - @CerealKiller
:ind: :ar: Ravichandran Ashwin - @Na Maloom Afraad
:ind: :ar: Stuart Binny - @Yash.
:eng: :ar: Phillip DeFreitas - @ahmedleo414
:ind: :ar: Kapil Dev - @blockerdave / @El Loco / @Na Maloom Afraad / @Yash.
:ned: :ar: Jacob-Jan Esmeijer - @CerealKiller
:nzf: :ar: Richard Hadlee - @ahmedleo414
:ind: :ar: Ravindra Jadeja - @Na Maloom Afraad
:wi: :ar: Sunil Narine - @El Loco
:ind: :ar: Hardik Pandya - @deleted member
:ind: :ar: Irfan Pathan - @Na Maloom Afraad
:saf: :ar: Shaun Pollock - @El Loco
:eng: :ar: Dermot Reeve - @DalePlaysCricket
:ken: :ar: Tony Suji - @Aislabie
:sri: :ar: Chaminda Vaas - @ahmedleo414 / @El Loco
:eng: :ar: Chris Woakes - @deleted member

:wi: :bwl: Curtly Ambrose - @Aislabie
:wi: :bwl: Ian Bishop - @Aislabie
:zim: :bwl: Eddo Brandes - @blockerdave
:aus: :bwl: Ray Bright - @CerealKiller
:ind: :bwl: Jasprit Bumrah - @deleted member / @El Loco / @Na Maloom Afraad
:nzf: :bwl: Ewen Chatfield - @El Loco
:sri: :bwl: Granville de Silva - @CerealKiller
:eng: :bwl: Steven Finn - @DalePlaysCricket
:pak: :bwl: Umar Gul - @DalePlaysCricket
:pak: :bwl: Wasim Haider - @CerealKiller
:eng: :bwl: Steve Harmison - @DalePlaysCricket
:ban: :bwl: Abul Hasan - @CerealKiller
:eng: :bwl: Matthew Hoggard - @DalePlaysCricket
:wi: :bwl: Michael Holding - @Aislabie
:pak: :bwl: Danish Kaneria - @DalePlaysCricket
:ind: :bwl: Zaheer Khan - @Na Maloom Afraad
:ind: :bwl: Anil Kumble - @ahmedleo414 / @El Loco / @Na Maloom Afraad
:aus: :bwl: Brett Lee - @ahmedleo414 / @Aislabie / @El Loco
:eng: :bwl: John Lever - @ahmedleo414
:aus: :bwl: Dennis Lillee - @ahmedleo414
:sri: :bwl: Lasith Malinga - @Aislabie
:wi: :bwl: Malcolm Marshall - @Aislabie
:aus: :bwl: Glenn McGrath - @ahmedleo414 / @Yash.
:sri: :bwl: Muttiah Muralitharan - @ahmedleo414 / @El Loco / @Yash.
:pak: :bwl: Saqlain Mushtaq - @El Loco
:wi: :bwl: Andy Roberts - @Aislabie
:ind: :bwl: Ishant Sharma - @deleted member
:ind: :bwl: Harbhajan Singh - @El Loco / @Na Maloom Afraad
:aus: :bwl: Mitchell Starc - @El Loco
:aus: :bwl: Shaun Tait - @DalePlaysCricket
:eng: :bwl: Phil Tufnell - @DalePlaysCricket
:eng: :bwl: Shaun Udal - @CerealKiller
:ind: :bwl: Jaydev Unadkat - @deleted member
:aus: :bwl: Shane Warne - @Aislabie / @Yash.
:aus: :bwl: Adam Zampa - @deleted member

Layer 3 - The Lucky Dip
This is the part where you submit four players into a lottery. They could go to anyone at all, unless they were (a) rejected by that person or (b) nominated for the Lucky Dip by more than one of you.

:pak: :ar: Imran Khan
:ber: :bat: James Celestine :psc:
:zim: :ar: Mluleki Nkala :psc:
:ban: :bwl: Mustafizur Rahman


:ind: :wkb: Rahul Dravid
:ned: :ar: Ryan ten Doeschate
:pak: :bwl: Waqar Younis
:zim: :bwl: Pommie Mbangwa :psc:

:wi: :ar: Viv Richards
:ban: :ar: Naimur Rahman :psc:
:sco: :ar: Moneeb Iqbal :psc:
:eng: :bwl: Monty Panesar

:aus: :bat: Michael Bevan
:ken: :ar: Steve Tikolo
:ire: :ar: Andre Botha
:sco: :bat: Omer Hussain :psc:

:eng: :bat: Sam Hain
:eng: :wk: Tim Ambrose :psc:
:nzf: :ar: John Bracewell :psc:
:nzf: :bwl: Chris Martin :psc:

:sri: :wk: Romesh Kaluwitharana :psc:
:sco: :ar: Gavin Hamilton :psc:
:aus: :ar: Chris Simpson
:ind: :bwl: Srinivas Venkataraghavan :psc:

@deleted member
:pak: :bat: Inzamam ul-Haq
:ned: :ar: Tim de Leede
:zim: :bwl: Adam Huckle :psc:
:eng: :wk: Ray Julian

@El Loco
:eng: :bat: Mike Brearley :psc:
:saf: :ar: JP Duminy
:zim: :ar: Malcolm Waller :psc:
:pak: :bwl: Shoaib Akhtar

@Na Maloom Afraad
:ber: :wkb: Kwame Tucker :psc:
:ber: :bwl: Dwayne Leverock :psc:
:ind: :bwl: Narendra Hirwani :psc:
:ken: :bwl: Josephat Ababu :psc:

:ind: :bat: Shubman Gill
:wi: :ar: Garry Sobers
:eng: :ar: Jamie Dalrymple :psc:
:ind: :bwl: Yuzvendra Chahal

Once all that's done, we get into a normal ordered draft, whereby you all have to pick the last six players to desperately try to fix the teams that the first three layers have left you with in...

Layer 4 - The Recovery Draft
Yeah, just six ordered rounds which go from worst team to best team. Here you won't be able to pick anyone on the rejected list.

Draft Order
  1. @Na Maloom Afraad - :eng: :ar: Ian Botham
  2. @deleted member - :ind: :bwl: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  3. @DalePlaysCricket - :eng: :ar: Ben Stokes
  4. @Bevab - :aus: :ar: Shane Watson
  5. @ahmedleo414 - :eng: :bat: Graham Gooch
  6. @CerealKiller - :pak: :bat: Javed Miandad
  7. @El Loco - :nzf: :bwl: Shane Bond
  8. @Yash. - :saf: :bwl: Allan Donald
  9. @blockerdave - :eng: :bat: Dennis Amiss
  10. @Aislabie - :saf: :ar: Mike Procter
  11. @Na Maloom Afraad - :saf: :ar: Lance Klusener
  12. @deleted member - :nzf: :bwl: Trent Boult
  13. @DalePlaysCricket - :eng: :wkb: Jos Buttler
  14. @Bevab - :saf: :ar: Clive Rice
  15. @ahmedleo414 - :wi: :bat: Desmond Haynes
  16. @CerealKiller - :nzf: :bat: Martin Crowe
  17. @El Loco - :wi: :bat: Gordon Greenidge
  18. @Yash. - :eng: :wkb: Eoin Morgan
  19. @blockerdave - :saf: :ar: Garth Le Roux
  20. @Aislabie - :afg: :ar: Rashid Khan
  21. @Na Maloom Afraad - :saf: :bat: Graham Pollock
  22. @deleted member - :pak: :bat: Shan Masood
  23. @DalePlaysCricket - :aus: :bat: Michael Clarke
  24. @Bevab - :aus: :ar: Andrew Symonds
  25. @ahmedleo414 - :eng: :bwl: Darren Gough
  26. @CerealKiller - :saf: :bwl: Makhaya Ntini
  27. @El Loco - :aus: :bat: Dean Jones
  28. @Yash. - :aus: :ar: Darren Lehmann
  29. @blockerdave - :saf: :bat: Colin Bland
  30. @Aislabie - :saf: :bat: Herschelle Gibbs
  31. @Na Maloom Afraad - :pak: :ar: Abdul Razzaq
  32. @deleted member - :eng: :bat: Joe Root
  33. @DalePlaysCricket - :ind: :bwl: Javagal Srinath
  34. @Bevab - :wi: :ar: Franklyn Stephenson
  35. @ahmedleo414 - :nzf: :ar: Daniel Vettori
  36. @CerealKiller - :nzf: :ar: Chris Cairns
  37. @El Loco - :nzf: :bat: Glenn Turner
  38. @Yash. - :eng: :bat: Jason Roy
  39. @blockerdave - :eng: :ar: Basil D'Oliveira
  40. @Aislabie - :saf: :bat: Barry Richards
  41. @Na Maloom Afraad - :nzf: :bat: Ross Taylor
  42. @deleted member - :ind: :bat: Gautam Gambhir
  43. @DalePlaysCricket - :sco: :bat: Kyle Coetzer
  44. @Bevab - :aus: :bat: Mike Hussey
  45. @ahmedleo414 - :pak: :wkb: Saleem Malik
  46. @CerealKiller - :wi: :bat: Clive Lloyd
  47. @El Loco - :eng: :bwl: Bob Willis
  48. @Yash. - :eng: :bwl: Neal Radford
  49. @blockerdave - :eng: :ar: Ted Dexter
  50. @Aislabie - :saf: :bat: Faf du Plessis
  51. @Na Maloom Afraad - :aus: :bat: Brad Hodge
  52. @deleted member - :aus: :bat: Usman Khawaja
  53. @DalePlaysCricket - :pak: :bwl: Mushtaq Ahmed
  54. @Bevab - :aus: :ar: Brad Hogg
  55. @ahmedleo414 - :pak: :ar: Shahid Afridi
  56. @CerealKiller - :aus: :bat: Damien Martyn
  57. @El Loco - :aus: :ar: Allan Border
  58. @Yash. - :eng: :bwl: Chris Old
  59. @blockerdave - :saf: :wk: Denis Lindsay
  60. @Aislabie - :zim: :bwl: Ray Price

Player eligibility

Much as the Layer Cake draft allowed people to select anybody who had played a first-class match, the Lasagne Draft will allow people to select anybody who has played a List A match. So for clarity: ELIGIBLE / ELIGIBLE / ELIGIBLE / INELIGIBLE

Honestly, this draft works really nicely and it'd be great to have y'all be part of it. (And yes, depending how long we're in quarantine for there is also likely to be a T20 version and potentially a women's version in due course.)

  1. @Aislabie
  2. @ahmedleo414
  3. @El Loco
  4. @Bevab
  5. @Yash.
  6. @Na Maloom Afraad
  7. @DalePlaysCricket
  8. @CerealKiller
  9. @blockerdave
  10. @deleted member
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Test Cricket is Best Cricket
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Protected Player 1: @ahmedleo414


:aus: :bat: Ricky Ponting

Rejected by
: @Aislabie / @Yash.

ODI stats: 13,704 runs @ 42.03 (30 centuries, best 164) in 375 matches
List A stats: 16,363 runs @ 41.74 (34 centuries, best 164) in 456 matches

Well done @ahmedleo414 on a well-chosen protected pick. You've got yourself a legendary batsman and a captain all in one go.


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Protected Player 2: @Aislabie


:eng: :ar: Andrew Flintoff

Rejected by
: None

ODI stats: 3,394 runs @ 32.01 (3 centuries, best 123) and 169 wickets @ 24.38 (2 5WI, best 5/19) in 141 matches
List A stats: 6,641 runs @ 29.78 (6 centuries, best 143) and 289 wickets @ 22.61 (2 5WI, best 5/19) in 282 matches

Honestly I'm surprised nobody else's picks even mentioned him: Flintoff was a good Test all-rounder with great moments, but he was objectively one of the very best ODI all-rounders ever to pick up a white ball.


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Protected Player 3: @Bevab


:eng: :wkb: Jonny Bairstow

Rejected by
: None

ODI stats: 2,923 runs @ 47.14 (SR: 104.50, 9 centuries, best 141*) in 77 matches
List A stats: 4,845 runs @ 41.05 (SR: 103.50, 12 centuries, best 174) in 145 matches

A really good pick here, and someone who was again overlooked by everyone else. Once Bairstow got promoted to the top of the ODI batting order, it completely turned the format upside down. Look not only at his average, but also his strike rate.

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