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The "Also-Rans" Test Draft

CricAddict

International Captain
We now have 13 starters so we will go ahead with that number.

The (revised) rules are:

In Cricket Chat I have posted (or will have posted) the first 5 XIs based on Member's votes in the Batsmen, Pace bowlers, Spinners, All-Rounders and Wicketkeeper/batsmen threads. These 55 players are ineligible for this draft, leaving us with the "Also rans".

The usual draft rules apply with the odd numbered rounds decided by randomiser and the following even numbered rounds the reverse of the preceding odd round.

There will be a 12 hour limit for the first round with subsequent rounds having an 8 hour limit. Draft choices can be left with me if needed.

The ineligible players are: (Sehwag has an unassailable lead for the next spot in the openers voting. Based on the Batting list, Haydn would be next but there is a swing towards either B.Richards or Morris. We will wait until that spot is filled, then I'll post the draw and we can start)

First XISecond XIThird XIFourth XIFifth XI
HobbsGavaskarBoycottSimpsonSehwag
HuttonSutcliffeG.SmithGreenidge???
BradmanLaraHeadleySangakarraBarrington
TendulkarS.SmithG.ChappellG.PollockMiandad
RichardsHammondPontingBorderS.Waugh
SobersImran KhanKallisMillerBotham
GilchristKnottWatlingAmesS.Pollock
HadleeWarneWasim AkramLindwallHealy
MarshallLilleeTruemanHoldingDavidson
MuralitharanSteynDonaldLakerWaqar Younis
McGrathAmbroseO'ReillyGarnerGrimmett
@Magrat Garlick Is it possible for you to update the OP with this list?
 

CricAddict

International Captain
The Draft is entitled The "Also Rans" Test Draft which implies the players selected must have played Test cricket (minimum of 1).
Hi L&L, there are a lot of ATG players who are not in those lists like Barnes or Kapil/Walsh etc. but the real definition of Also Rans (provided below) are people like Vijay Bharadwaj and Kanitkar who did not make it big in test cricket.


So, what does this draft focus on? The real Also Rans or ATGs excluding those in the list?
 

Teuton

International Captain
Are Players ineligible for the lists (iirc) eligible for this draft?

Barnes Grace Trumper etc
 

Line and Length

International Captain
I used the term "Also Rans" loosely. Any player who played Test cricket is better than an 'also-ran' cricketer but in this context they didn't make one of the top five XIs and thus, from that aspect, were 'Also Rans'.
 

HookShot

U19 Debutant
Barry Richards currently leads Hayden 8-5 in the Openers thread.

So Can we call the final spot for Richards?

He‘s the better batsman anyway :ph34r:
 

Line and Length

International Captain
Barry Richards currently leads Hayden 8-5 in the Openers thread.

So Can we call the final spot for Richards?

He‘s the better batsman anyway :ph34r:
There are rarely more than a dozen votes so I'll give it another 12 hours then make the move. Still have to do the new draft order with 17 participants.
 

Line and Length

International Captain
A reminder of who's ineligible. B.Richards a hot favourite to take the final spot.
With 17 competitors, we may need a way to ensure drafting flows reasonably quickly. Two options are (1) Reduce draft time to 6 hours (ii) keep the 8 hour limit but allow the next in line to jump in after 4 hours.
Suggestions?
First XISecond XIThird XIFourth XIFifth XI
HobbsGavaskarBoycottSimpsonSehwag
HuttonSutcliffeG.SmithGreenidge???
BradmanLaraHeadleySangakarraBarrington
TendulkarS.SmithG.ChappellG.PollockMiandad
RichardsHammondPontingBorderS.Waugh
SobersImran KhanKallisMillerBotham
GilchristKnottWatlingAmesS.Pollock
HadleeWarneWasim AkramLindwallHealy
MarshallLilleeTruemanHoldingDavidson
MuralitharanSteynDonaldLakerWaqar Younis
McGrathAmbroseO'ReillyGarnerGrimmett
 

Teuton

International Captain
One way I have tried is to run 2 rounds concurrently. It does require the organiser and enough participants to be very on the ball but did work in my experience.

ie R1 & R2 are run at the same time, so last in R1 is actually up straight away since they will be first in R2. So there are always 2 people up a time with a pause for the round list that finishes first. Sure, one round list will get a bit ahead of the other but it more or less evens out.
 

ankitj

Hall of Fame Member
We can also make each odd round a first come first serve instead of fixing the order. Even rounds can be in the order they picked in the previous round. Would speed up significantly
 

CricAddict

International Captain
There are anyways not too many drafts running. I think this is the first draft after 3 months or so. I am fine to take it slow. Just the normal draft process with 8 hour limit works fine for me.
 

Line and Length

International Captain
There's been no voting in the Opening Batsmen Poll for 18 hours so we can assume Barry Richards gains the final spot in the Fifth XI and is ineligible.
We can now start the draft with slightly modified rules regarding time limits. The first pick in Round 1 has 12 hours but all future Round 1 picks have 8 hours.
Once Round 2 starts, the 8 hour time remains but the next in line can jump in after 4 hours.
I thought about Teuton's idea of running two Rounds at a time but decided against it. Thanks for the idea @Teuton and to all others who contributed ideas.
I will endeavour to post the 5 ineligible teams on each page as well as a list of selections after each Round.

ROUND 1
ataraxia
Red
Himannv
CricAddict
Pothas
Fuller Pilch
AndrewB
trundler
Nikkil99.9
Line & Length
Teuton
mr_mister
Bitmap
Hook Shot
ankitj
honestbharani
JOJOXI

ROUND 2
Reverse of Round 1

Good luck and enjoy. We are underway.
 
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