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.
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.
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.
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.
Lahore Qalandars - Chris Lynn
Islamabad United - JP Duminy
Karachi Kings - Colin Ingram
Quetta Gladiator - Shane Watson
Peshawar Zalmi - Dwayne Bravo
Multan Sultans - Imran Tahir
Lahore Qalandars - Mustafizur Rehman
Islamabad United - Luke Ronchi
Karachi Kings - Mitchell Johnson
Quetta Gladiators - Carlos Brathwaite
Peshawar Zalmi - Tamim Iqbal
Multan Sultans - Darren Bravo
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.” ***
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
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
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