The much-anticipated player draft for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League will kick off at 3:00pm local time at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. It will be a five-hour-long exercise in which teams will pick 11 players to complete their 20-man squads.
Yep! The PSL had told five franchises — Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators, and Peshawar Zalmi — to retain only nine players after the end of the second edition this year. This provided new entrants Multan Sultans with an opportunity to select their nine players from the offloaded bunch.
All six teams go into the draft with nine players each in their squads.
There will 11 rounds with each team picking a player each in the Platinum, Diamond, and Gold categories. There will be two rounds for the Silver and Emerging categories and each team will be allowed to pick four players in the Supplementary round.
These came after the transfer window. Along with swapping players with players, the franchises traded picks with the other franchises for players.
501! 308 of them are foreigners.
The good news for Pakistan cricket is that a majority of them are willing to travel to the country for the finals. In a press conference ahead of this draft, Ali Naqvi, Islamabad United owner, said approximately 60 percent of the players are willing to tour Pakistan.