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What happened at the PSL3 player draft?

What happened at the PSL3 player draft?

Live reporting by Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi and Umair Khalid.

The much-anticipated player draft for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League took place at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. It was an almost four-hour-long exercise in which teams picked up to 11 players to complete their 20-man squads.

Umm… 11 players to complete 20-man squads. Does that mean every franchise had nine players before the draft?

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 went into the draft with nine players each in their squads.

What was the pick order?

 The pick order - PCB

The pick order - PCB

There were 11 rounds with each team picking a player each in the Platinum, Diamond, and Gold categories. There were two rounds for the Silver and Emerging categories and each team was allowed to pick four players in the Supplementary round.

Why there were changes in the order in the golden-coloured rows?

These came after the transfer window. Along with swapping players with players, the franchises traded picks with the other franchises for players.

How many players were in the draft?

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.


Platinum Round

Lahore Qalandars - Chris Lynn

Islamabad United - JP Duminy

Karachi Kings - Colin Ingram

Quetta Gladiator - Shane Watson

Peshawar Zalmi - Dwayne Bravo

Multan Sultans - Imran Tahir

Diamond Round

Lahore Qalandars - Mustafizur Rehman

Islamabad United - Luke Ronchi

Karachi Kings - Mitchell Johnson

Quetta Gladiators - Carlos Brathwaite

Peshawar Zalmi - Tamim Iqbal

Multan Sultans - Darren Bravo

Gold Round

Karachi Kings - Luke Wright

Islamabad United - Fahim Ashraf

Peshawar Zalmi - Hammad Azam

Quetta Gladiators - Rahat Ali

Lahore Qalandars - Bilal Asif

Multan Sultans - Ahmed Shehzad

*** Wasim Akram on Multan Sultan’s decision to pick Ahmed Shehzad in the Gold category: “I know some eyebrows were raised when we picked him. I am going to talk to him in the next couple of days that he has to play cricket with us.” ***

Silver Round

Lahore Qalandar - Raza Hasan, Sohail Akhtar

*** “Once I was passing by a cricket academy and I saw Raza Hasan, who was in a very poor condition. When I enquired what he was up to, he told me that his life has been miserable after being banned. He said he was not allowed in the National Cricket Academy and has been playing cricket on roads and maidaans. I took him to our academy in DHA, Lahore where he had a rehabilitation program. Lahore Qalandars promised him to return his cricketing career and today we have done so.” – Lahore Qalandars Director Cricket Aaqib Javed on why the franchise decided to take the left-arm orthodox on board. ***

Islamabad United - Sam Billings, Zafar Gohar

Peshawar Zalmi - Saad Naseem, Taimoor Sultan

Quetta Gladiators - Ramiz Raja Jnr, Saad Ali

***Saad Ali is the highest run scorer in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy - at the end of the first round - with 755 runs. The 24-year-old has struck two 50s and two 100s.***

Karachi Kings - David Wiese, Tabish Khan

Multan Sultans - Mohammad Abbas, Nicolas Pooran

Emerging Round

Lahore Qalandars - Shaheen Afridi, Ghulam Mudassir

Islamabad United - Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat

Karachi Kings - Mohammad Irfan Jnr, Hasan Mohsin, Saifullah Bangash

Quetta Gladiators - Saud Shakeel, Hassan Khan

Peshawar Zalmi - Sameen Gul, Ibtisam Sheikh

Multan Sultans - Abdullah Shafique, Saif Badar

Supplementary Round

Lahore Qalandars - Angelo Mathews, M McClenaghan, Gulraiz Sadaf

Islamabad United - Alex Hales, David Willey, Mohammad Husnain

Karachi Kings - Colin Munro, Eoin Morgan, Saifullah Bangash

*** Karachi King will make their last pick after their talent hunt program is concluded. ***

Quetta Gladiators - Jason Roy, Rashid Khan, Faraz Ahmed, Azam Khan

Peshawar Zalmi - Andre Fletcher, Evin Lewis, Khalid Usman, Mohammad Arif

Multan Sultans - Hardus Viljoen, Umar Gul, Umar Siddiq, Ross Whiteley