According to the sources the 2017-18 Indian Super League season is expected to be 5 months long and will be followed by 2 months of super cup action and most importantly the draft system will be back in the next season of Indian Super League.
— Oneindia.com (@Oneindia) March 6, 2017
As according to the www.indianfootballnetwork.com, the idea is to bring down the inflated salaries which agents have created. We have a market where the Indian Super League teams have paid up to 10 times more than what a player received in the I-league .Reliance want to bring about a correction in the market.
The Clubs will be allowed to retain 4 players from the previous season and the rest will go into a DRAFT. If they are any new teams (which is likely), they will be allowed to pick the players first
This is to ensure a LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. Then after round 4 everyone gets to pick from the remaining pool of players.
The draft system may not be applicable to developmental players like Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa, Baoringdao Bodo, Prosenjit who are on long-term contracts with the Indian Super League giants Chennaiyin FC