Next season’s Premier League will feature ten players split into two groups of five.
The players have been chosen based on this season’s major events.
So far the field features:
Ronnie O’Sullivan (defending champion)
Judd Trump (UK champion)
Neil Robertson (Masters champion)
Stuart Bingham (Australian Open champion)
Mark Selby (Shanghai Masters champion)
They will be joined by the winners of the World Championship, World Open, PTC finals, China Open and the Championship League, the Premier League’s qualifying event.
If any of these are won by players already qualified then the field will be filled up by invited players (presumably Ding Juhhui, the Welsh Open champion, is leading this list).
All this is good news for Bingham, who will make his Premier League debut later this year, a rightful reward for winning a ranking title.
Selby, who missed out this season despite being world no.1, also returns to the competition.
The league reverts to a six frame format after this season’s experiment with semi-finals and finals each evening which was not, in fact, a league at all.
The top two players in each group will advance to the semi-finals, which will be played on November 24 and 25.