The Pakistan Super League announced as many as 20 new signings for its third edition on Saturday. The newly signed players will join the released players.
Afghan globetrotter Rashid Khan, West Indian flamboyant batsman Evin Lewis, and Australian hard-hitting opener Chris Lynn stood out amongst the names unveiled cricketers.
Afghanistan’s leg-spin sensation Khan has had a successful 2017 which saw him become a part of the IPL, CPL, BPL, and the PSL. An outstanding bowler with an indecipherable action, Khan has taken 106 scalps in T20 cricket in 71 matches.
He will be joined by Lewis, who made his T20I debut this year and has notched up two hundreds and two fifties in the format so far. The West Indian has struck 40 6s in 14 T20Is.
All signings - JP Duminy (South Africa), Chris Lynn (Australia), Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka), Imran Tahir (South Africa), Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Evin Lewis (West Indies), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Mitchell Johnson (Australia), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Jason Holder (West Indies), Adil Rashid (England), John Hastings (Australia), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand), , Wayne Parnell (South Africa), James Vince (England), Darren Bravo (West Indies), Albie Morkel (South Africa), Tim Bresnan (England)
One of the most successful T20 openers, Lynn averages above 35 in the shorter form of the game. He has struck one century and 19 fifties in the format. However, his five-match-long run in the T20I cricket has not been a success with 33 being his highest score.
Mitchell Johnson, who has been in talks with the PSL since season one, finally joins the league.
“We are seeing top quality cricketers signing up with the PSL every year now," said Najam Sethi, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board. “This is an expansion year and, therefore, our efforts are geared towards making this bigger and better than the first two seasons. We have top tier international talent joining a pool of released players and this sets us up very nicely for the main draft.”
The draft for the third edition is expected to be held in November with the teams picking one player each in the Platinum, Diamond and Gold categories, two in Silver, two in Emerging and up to four players in the supplementary round to make up their squads.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hopes to host at least eight PSL matches in Pakistan next year in Karachi and Lahore in its bid to take cricket back to the country. It hosted the final of the second edition in Lahore earlier this year which opened the doors for the three-match ICC World XI tour.
Earlier this year, the PSL introduced a new Multan-based franchise Multan Sultan to its setup which now makes it a six-team league.