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Babar, Afridi, Sarfaraz, Malik and 14 others assigned in Platinum category for PSL 2020
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Babar, Afridi, Sarfaraz, Malik and 14 others assigned in Platinum category for PSL 2020

The newly-promoted T20I captain Babar Azam has been placed in the Platinum category ahead of PSL season 5 draft. Shaheen Afridi, Imad Wasim and 14 other local promising cricketers have been added to the top list.

Furthermore, Imam-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail and Asif Ali are placed in the Diamond category.

“Our preparations are in full swing, the HBL PSL 2020 edition will be held in Pakistan, we are focused on delivering another world-class edition of the prestigious league, says PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan.  

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan has high hopes from the PSL 5 which is going to be entirely staged in Pakistan.

“With the completion of the category renewal process for the upcoming season of the HBL Pakistan Super League we have reached an important milestone. These are exciting times as we move closer and closer towards the 2020 season which will be a truly historic one as all 34 matches will be played in Pakistan" Wasim Khan said.  

Wasim is striving to take the PSL to new heights and make it a memorable experience for the fans.

“HBL PSL has become one of the most sought after T20 leagues in the world, the next edition will be even bigger and better, I am sure league fans both in Pakistan and around the world will enjoy top-class cricket, with world-class facilities at the stadiums and top-quality broadcast once the tournament begins in February 2020” he added.

Players who have represented Pakistan were put in the Gold category and the new rule of drafting limits franchises to retain up to eight players from last edition's roster. Also, the players who are under 23 but have received a call up to represent Pakistan national team before the category assigning process can no longer be part of the emerging category. Teams have been allowed to forward relegation requests - after consent from the player - before handing out the final retention list.   

  Relegation requests may only be floated after obtaining consent from the player.