Root was one of the players present at the first-ever draft in British sporting history which determined how the eight squads involved will look for next season.
The 28-year-old had already been assigned as the central red-ball delegate for Nottingham’s Trent Rockets ahead of the draft, and watched on as his side selected spin bowler Rashid Khan as first pick.
And Root was increasingly confident of the tournament being a success.
“Seeing all the head coaches – it’s an impressive room of people. That sort of really hit home how big the standard of this tournament is going to be,” Root said.
“You look at the players who came out in those first three rounds, the standard is going to be right up there.”
Asked if it feels like a step up for domestic cricket, Root added: “Yeah. And it’s a good time for it as well, ahead of the twenty-20 World Cup.
“One thing it will do is give a platform for players to then showcase and go round the world and play in other domestic tournaments as well.
“It’ll open doors, new relationships. Like these coaches are involved in IPL teams, Big Bash teams. It’s taken shape nicely quite quickly.”
Seasoned professionals Dwight Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Lasith Malinga were among those left on the scrap heap as the sides opted to go largely for young British talent.
With only three overseas players allowed per team, and just one player from the top reserve price band of £125,000, teams had to be strategic in their selections in order to get best value from their £960,000 budget.
And England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler feels the focus on youth is particularly pleasing.
“I really like the fact that I think it means the teams are planning for the future,” Buttler said.
“You look at our side, you’ve got a lot of guys in their young 20’s, so you can really build a franchise around these guys for the next five-ten years.
“I think it’s fantastic to see these guys coming through.”
Following its debut season, teams will be allowed to retain up to 10 of their original picks for the following year.
Buttler saw his Manchester Originals franchise snap up several promising youngsters, including Tom Abell and Phil Salt.
Speaking of the potential of the format, Buttler added: “You’re looking to engage current fans and new fans, and I think it does exactly that.
“A lot of it is building a brand of that franchise. I look at our side, young English talent, a team that could be together for a long time.
“Which looking at your investment as well, you’re getting a guy now but what a player he might be in three, four, five years time, when you’re trying to win it in its sixth edition.”
Australian spin bowl legend Shane Warne is coach of London Spirit for the tournaments first installment, and was among the selectees who were given just 100 seconds between each pick to make their decision from a pool of 570 cricketers in the hat.
“I thought it was fascinating,” Warne said. “It was interesting to see how they [other coaches] thought of different people.
When asked about the potential of the sport to take off, Warne was positive.
“I think you can start a culture,” he said. “This is going to go on for a long time hopefully, so its not just next year, the year after, building those sides as well. And everyone’s got to try and get a following.
“We’re very lucky at Lords, whatever game plays there gets sold out. So we wanted to make sure we have an entertaining brand of cricket that we played that’ll excite the fans at a packed house stadium and we’re going to have plenty of exciting players to watch. I think we’ve managed to do that.
“And we’ve got some guys who can bash it. And I think the hundreds going to be about bashing it.”