Draft: The Layer Cake Draft

Aislabie

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Welcome all to a new draft, hot on the heels of the first Budget Draft which was my favourite draft since the all-time worst Test and ODI XI drafts threw up some teams full of players who nobody should ever have had any reason to know about (looking at you, Emile McMaster).

Participants
- @Aislabie
- @DalePlaysCricket
- @ahmedleo414
- @CerealKiller
- @Dutch
- @blockerdave
- @Master Bates & @Na Maloom Afraad
- @El Loco
- @Bevab

This draft is a little more complicated than usual, so please bear with me. It has four "layers".

Layer One: Protected Player
Each manager will nominate a protected player. This player will be someone you get to keep in your team regardless, unless someone else goes for the same player.

@ahmedleo414 - :saf: :ar: Jacques Kallis
@Aislabie - :pak: :ar: Imran Khan
@Bevab - :ind: :bat: Sunil Gavaskar
@blockerdave - :saf: :ar: Clive Rice
@CerealKiller - :aus: :bwl: Shane Warne
@DalePlaysCricket - :eng: :bwl: Steve Harmison
@Dutch - :eng: :bat: David Gower
@El Loco - :eng: :bwl: Sydney Barnes
@Master Bates - :aus: :wk: Adam GIlchrist

Layer Two: Rejected Players
Each manager will nominate 20 rejected players. These players then become ineligible for any manager to select in the rest of the draft unless they're nominated for the Lucky Dip.

:aus: :bat: Don Bradman - @El Loco / @Master Bates
:aus: :bat: Marnus Labuschagne - @blockerdave
:aus: :bat: Justin Langer - @Aislabie / @Bevab
:aus: :bat: Rob Quiney - @CerealKiller
:aus: :bat: Victor Trumper - @Master Bates
:aus: :bat: David Warner - @Dutch
:aus: :bat: Steve Waugh - @ahmedleo414 / @blockerdave

:aus: :ar: Allan Border - @Aislabie
:aus: :ar: Trevor Chappell - @CerealKiller

:aus: :ar: Richie Benaud - @Dutch / @Master Bates
:aus: :ar: John Hastings - @CerealKiller
:aus: :ar: Mitchell Johnson - @blockerdave / @Master Bates

:aus: :bwl: Pat Cummins - @blockerdave
:aus: :bwl: Brett Lee - @DalePlaysCricket
:aus: :bwl: Dennis Lillee - @ahmedleo414 / @Aislabie / @El Loco
:aus: :bwl: Nathan Lyon - @blockerdave
:aus: :bwl: Bryce McGain - @CerealKiller
:aus: :bwl: Glenn McGrath - @Aislabie / @blockerdave / @DalePlaysCricket
:aus: :bwl: Peter Siddle - @blockerdave / @DalePlaysCricket
:aus: :bwl: Mitchell Starc - @blockerdave / @Dutch
:ban: :ar: Mushfiqur Rahman - @CerealKiller

:ban: :bwl: Anwar Hossain Monir - @CerealKiller
:eng: :bat: Joe Clarke - @Aislabie
:eng: :bat: Joe Denly - @Dutch
:eng: :bat: Graham Gooch - @ahmedleo414
:eng: :bat: Lord Hawke - @CerealKiller
:eng: :bat: Jack Hobbs - @Dutch / @El Loco
:eng: :bat: Len Hutton - @Bevab
:eng: :bat: Monkey Hornby - @CerealKiller
:eng: :bat: Kevin Pietersen - @Dutch
:eng: :bat: Joe Root - @Bevab / @blockerdave / @DalePlaysCricket
:eng: :bat: Andrew Strauss - @DalePlaysCricket / @Dutch
:eng: :bat: Herbert Sutcliffe - @Bevab

:eng: :ar: WG Grace - @Aislabie / @DalePlaysCricket / @Dutch / @Master Bates
:eng: :ar: Ben Stokes - @DalePlaysCricket / @Dutch / @Master Bates

:eng: :wk: Alan Knott - @Master Bates
:eng: :wk: Steve Rhodes - @Aislabie

:eng: :ar: Emile McMaster - @CerealKiller
:eng: :ar: Wilfred Rhodes - @Bevab / @Master Bates

:eng: :bwl: Jimmy Anderson - @ahmedleo414 / @Bevab / @DalePlaysCricket / @Dutch / @MasterBates
:eng: :bwl: Jofra Archer - @DalePlaysCricket
:eng: :bwl: Stuart Broad - @DalePlaysCricket
:eng: :bwl: Harold Larwood - @Bevab
:eng: :bwl: Ian Salisbury - @CerealKiller
:eng: :bwl: Fred Trueman - @Dutch
:eng: :bwl: Bob Willis - @Dutch
:ind: :bat: Aakash Chopra - @CerealKiller
:ind: :bat: Rahul Dravid - @Bevab
:ind: :bat: Gautam Gambhir - @Bevab
:ind: :bat: Virat Kohli - @ahmedleo414 / @blockerdave / @Master Bates
:ind: :bat: Nawab of Pataudi - @CerealKiller
:ind: :bat: Maharajah of Vizianagram - @CerealKiller

:ind: :wk: MS Dhoni - @ahmedleo414

:ind: :ar: Anil Kumble - @ahmedleo414 / @Aislabie / @Master Bates
:ind: :ar: CS Nayudu - @CerealKiller
:ind: :ar: Harbhajan Singh - @ahmedleo414

:ind: :bwl: Jasprit Bumrah - @blockerdave / @Master Bates
:ind: :bwl: Zaheer Khan - @Bevab
:ind: :bwl: Nilesh Kulkarni - @CerealKiller
:ind: :bwl: MSK Prasad - @CerealKiller
:nzf: :bat: Murray Chapple - @CerealKiller
:nzf: :bat: Martin Crowe - @El Loco
:nzf: :bat: Kane Williamson - @DalePlaysCricket

:nzf: :wkb: Tom Latham - @Bevab
:nzf: :wkb: Brendon McCullum - @ahmedleo414 / @DalePlaysCricket

:nzf: :ar: Richard Hadlee - @Dutch / @El Loco / @Master Bates
:nzf: :ar: Daniel Vettori - @Aislabie / @DalePlaysCricket

:nzf: :bwl: Shane Bond - @DalePlaysCricket / @El Loco
:nzf: :bwl: Neil Wagner - @Master Bates
:pak: :bat: Saeed Anwar - @Bevab / @El Loco
:pak: :bat: Babar Azam - @ahmedleo414
:pak: :bat: Saleem Malik - @blockerdave
:pak: :bat: Javed Miandad - @blockerdave
:pak: :bat: Inzamam ul-Haq - @ahmedleo414

:pak: :ar: Wasim Akram - @Aislabie / @blockerdave / @DalePlaysCricket / @El Loco

:pak: :bwl: Shoaib Akhtar - @Bevab
:pak: :bwl: Abdul Qadir - @Aislabie
:pak: :bwl: Waqar Younis - @El Loco
:saf: :bat: Hashim Amla - @Bevab
:saf: :bat: Graeme Smith - @Bevab / @Master Bates

:saf: :ar: Trevor Goddard - @Master Bates

:saf: :wk: Mark Boucher - @ahmedleo414

:saf: :ar: Shaun Pollock - @ahmedleo414

:saf: :bwl: Hugh Tayfield - @Aislabie
:saf: :bwl: Lonwabo Tsotsobe - @CerealKiller
:sri: :wkb: Kumar Sangakkara - @ahmedleo414 / @El Loco
:wi: :bat: Shiv Chanderpaul - @ahmedleo414
:wi: :bat: Rajendra Chandrika - @CerealKiller
:wi: :bat: George Headley - @Bevab / @El Loco
:wi: :bat: Brian Lara - @Aislabie / @DalePlaysCricket
:wi: :bat: Viv Richards - @DalePlaysCricket / @Dutch / @El Loco / @Master Bates

:wi: :bwl: Curtly Ambrose - @El Loco
:wi: :bwl: Lance Gibbs - @Aislabie / @Bevab
:wi: :bwl: Michael Holding - @El Loco

Layer Three: Lucky Dip
Each manager will nominate four players to go into the Lucky Dip - essentially a lottery of players. There are no restrictions on who you could nominate here: anyone from Don Bradman to Mike Phythian would be fine.

@ahmedleo414
:ire: :bat: Paul Stirling
:aus: :bat: Stuart Law
:zim: :wk: Andy Flower
:ban: :bwl: Rubel Hossain

@Aislabie
:wi: :bat: Gordon Greenidge
:pak: :bat: Younis Khan
:eng: :bat: Douglas Jardine
:aus: :ar: Scott Kremerskothen

@Bevab
:eng: :bat: Ranjitsinjhi
:eng: :bat: Andy Lloyd
:wi: :ar: Roston Chase
:eng: :bwl: Phil Tufnell

@blockerdave
:nzf: :bat: Ross Taylor
:aus: :ar: Keith Miller
:eng: :bwl: Graeme Swann
:sri: :bwl: Muttiah Muralitharan

@CerealKiller
:eng: :bat: Ian Bell
:eng: :bat: Jack Ikin
:aus: :bwl: Bill O'Reilly
:aus: :bwl: Dainty Ironmonger

@DalePlaysCricket
:aus: :bat: Ricky Ponting
:eng: :ar: Denis Compton
:eng: :bwl: Les Taylor
:eng: :bat: Benjamin Aislabie

@Dutch
:wi: :arwk: Clyde Walcott
:wi: :ar: Garry Sobers
:eng: :ar: Ian Botham
:sco: :ar: Gavin Hamilton

@El Loco
:eng: :bat: Alastair Cook
:aus: :bat: Ken Meuleman
:eng: :ar: Andrew Flintoff
:eng: :bwl: Monty Panesar

@Master Bates
:ind: :bat: Sachin Tendulkar
:aus: :bat: Steve Smith
:eng: :ar: Fred Grace
:eng: :bwl: Simon Kerrigan

Layer Four: The Recovery Draft
Finally a chance for you all to put back together the broken teams that you've been given. From this point onwards, it will be a normal, ordered draft just like you'd see anywhere else. You will have six or seven rounds (depending on whether or not you got your protected player) to try and recover a balanced team for yourself.

  1. @DalePlaysCricket - :saf: :wkb: AB de Villiers
  2. @Bevab - :saf: :bat: Graeme Pollock
  3. @CerealKiller - :saf: :bwl: Dale Steyn
  4. @ahmedleo414 - :wi: :bwl: Courtney Walsh
  5. @El Loco - :wi: :bwl: Malcolm Marshall
  6. @Master Bates & @Na Maloom Afraad - :ban: :ar: Shakib Al Hasan
  7. @Aislabie - :eng: :ar: George Lohmann
  8. @Dutch - Busy with real life; just pick as and when
  9. @blockerdave - :saf: :bat: Barry Richards
  10. @DalePlaysCricket - :eng: :wkb: Alec Stewart
  11. @Bevab - :wi: :bwl: Joel Garner
  12. @CerealKiller - :saf: :ar: Mike Procter
  13. @ahmedleo414 - :sri: :bwl: Rangana Herath
  14. @El Loco - :ind: :ar: Kapil Dev
  15. @Master Bates & @Na Maloom Afraad - :saf: :bwl: Allan Donald
  16. @Aislabie - :eng: :bat: Geoffrey Boycott
  17. @Dutch - Busy with real life; just pick as and when
  18. @blockerdave - :wi: :bwl: Andy Roberts
  19. @DalePlaysCricket - :saf: :wk: Quinton de Kock
  20. @Bevab - :eng: :wk: Leslie Ames
  21. @CerealKiller - :wi: :ar: Frank Worrell
  22. @ahmedleo414 - :eng: :bwl: Derek Underwood
  23. @El Loco - :saf: :bat: Dudley Nourse
  24. @Master Bates & @Na Maloom Afraad - :saf: :ar: Lance Klusener
  25. @Aislabie - :wi: :bat: Everton Weekes
  26. @Dutch - Busy with real life; just pick as and when
  27. @blockerdave - :wi: :ar: Franklyn Stephenson
  28. @DalePlaysCricket - :ind: :ar: Ravichandran Ashwin
  29. @Bevab - :saf: :ar: Aubrey Faulkner
  30. @CerealKiller - :pak: :wkb: Hanif Mohammad
  31. @ahmedleo414 - :ind: :ar: Ravi Shastri
  32. @El Loco - :aus: :bat: Greg Chappell
  33. @Master Bates & @Na Maloom Afraad - :usa: :ar: Bart King
  34. @Aislabie - :aus: :ar: Charlie Macartney
  35. @Dutch - Busy with real life; just pick as and when
  36. @blockerdave - :saf: :ar: Eddie Barlow
  37. @DalePlaysCricket - :aus: :bat: Michael Clarke
  38. @Bevab - :aus: :ar: Alan Davidson
  39. @CerealKiller - :wi: :bat: Desmond Haynes
  40. @ahmedleo414 - :nzf: :bat: John Wright
  41. @El Loco - :eng: :ar: Wally Hammond
  42. @Master Bates & @Na Maloom Afraad - :aus: :bat: Neil Harvey
  43. @Aislabie - :eng: :bwl: Hedley Verity
  44. @Dutch - Busy with real life; just pick as and when
  45. @blockerdave - :eng: :bat: Peter May
  46. @DalePlaysCricket - :eng: :bwl: Simon Jones
  47. @Bevab - :eng: :bwl: Frank Tyson
  48. @CerealKiller
  49. @ahmedleo414
  50. @El Loco
  51. @Master Bates & @Na Maloom Afraad
  52. @Aislabie
  53. @Dutch - Busy with real life; just pick as and when
  54. @blockerdave
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So right now, this is probably an accurate representation of you:



Well, that's kind of the point. You can have all kinds of strategies, but there's absolutely no way of knowing what to do.

Do you try to protect a legendary player? Well you could do - but if someone else tries to then you both lose out.

Do you try to reject a legendary player? Well you could do - but if someone else puts him in the Lucky Dip then you lose out.

Do you put the legendary player in the Lucky Dip? Well you could do - but if someone else do, then you both lose out.

Do you ignore the legendary player entirely? Well you could do, but there's every chance that you'd lose out.

There are also some even craftier things you could do here, but I want to see who figures them out.

- - - - - - - - - -

There is no right answer. That's the point.

- - - - - - - - - -

So if that hasn't scared you off, then please do feel free to sign up. And if it's very nearly scared you off, then please sign up anyway because this really will be fun.

You'll also need to send a PM after signing up, but don't worry: I'll PM you first to explain what you need to do.

Protected Player
:eng: :ar: Ian Botham


Rejected Players
(For this example, I've just gone with a list of people who have made English cricket fans feel sad from time to time)
  1. :aus: :bwl: Glenn McGrath
  2. :aus: :bwl: Shane Warne
  3. :aus: :bat: Ricky Ponting
  4. :aus: :bat: Matthew Hayden
  5. :aus: :bat: Justin Langer
  6. :aus: :bat: Michael Slater
  7. :aus: :bwl: Stuart MacGill
  8. :aus: :bat: Michael Clarke
  9. :aus: :wk: Adam Gilchrist
  10. :aus: :wk: Brad Haddin
  11. :aus: :wk: Ian Healy
  12. :aus: :bat: Allan Border
  13. :aus: :bwl: Dennis Lillee
  14. :aus: :bwl: Mitchell Johnson
  15. :saf: :bat: Graeme Smith
  16. :sri: :ar: Sanath Jayasuriya
  17. :sri: :bat: Upul Tharanga
  18. :wi: :ar: Carlos Brathwaite
  19. :saf: :ar: Hansie Cronje
  20. :eng: :bat: Kevin Pietersen

Lucky Dip Nominations
  1. :aus: :bat: Michael Hussey
  2. :eng: :bat: David Sales
  3. :pak: :bwl: Sarfraz Nawaz
  4. :eng: :bat: Alex Wakely

I'm not saying this is the perfect way of doing things. Or even a slightly good way of doing things. But it's one possibility.

Well, I hope that approximately 80% makes sense. This is going to be fun.
 
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Aislabie

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Thank you both! The PM messages should make it make a little bit more sense, but the general idea is that there's no right way to play it so you might just as well have a guess
 

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I've just gone with a list of people who have made English cricket fans feel sad from time to time)
  1. :aus: :bwl: Glenn McGrath
  2. :aus: :bwl: Shane Warne
  3. :aus: :bat: Ricky Ponting
  4. :aus: :bat: Matthew Hayden
  5. :aus: :bat: Justin Langer
  6. :aus: :bat: Michael Slater
  7. :aus: :bwl: Stuart MacGill
  8. :aus: :bat: Michael Clarke
  9. :aus: :wk: Adam Gilchrist
  10. :aus: :wk: Brad Haddin
  11. :aus: :wk: Ian Healy
  12. :aus: :bat: Allan Border
  13. :aus: :bwl: Dennis Lillee
  14. :aus: :bwl: Mitchell Johnson
  15. :saf: :bat: Graeme Smith
  16. :sri: :ar: Sanath Jayasuriya
  17. :sri: :bat: Upul Tharanga
  18. :wi: :ar: Carlos Brathwaite
  19. :saf: :ar: Hansie Cronje
  20. :eng: :bat: Kevin Pietersen
This is hilarious! Where is Steve Smith? And Patto? And why is Pietersen there? I like how Upul Tharanga and Carlos Braithwaite find a place there!

I would love to be a part but I might not be available always as I have my exams ongoing. Is that fine? Plus I would have to re-read the rules for god's sake.
 

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