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Three-day ISL player draft kicks-off tomorrow

 MUMBAI, July 19 (IANS): The three-day Central Domestic Player Pool Draft for the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) will kick-off here on Monday.

 The first day will see the League deciding club’s sequence for the draft through a lot pick, while the following two days will witness club representatives making their best choice through 14 rounds of draft system.

Hailed across the world as an equitable system of player allocation across participating clubs, the Central Domestic Player Draft would be held for the first time in an Indian footballing event.

Each club is mandated to recruit 14 Indian players from Domestic Player Draft, towards the minimum squad of 22, which includes one marquee and seven international players as well.

The players will be go under the hammer for salaries ranging from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 60 lakh.

The Indian Super League, co-promoted by IMG-Reliance and Star India and supported by All India Football Federation (AIFF), will have 84 Indian footballers in the Central Domestic Player Pool.

The League has made provision for additional seven players in the Central Reserve Pool to serve as future replacement in case of injuries or other emergencies. The Central Player Pool features a mix of seasoned, experienced senior national players and promising young talents from the country.

A total of 39 players have represented India at senior level, of which 22 are or have been part of the national team set-up in the past two years.

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