Incumbent champions Karachi Kings have traded Alex Hales with Islamabad United's Colin Ingram ahead of the Pakistan Super League 2021 Player Draft set to be held on Sunday afternoon.
Ingram's return to Kings ends his one-season stint with last year's bottom-dwellers United as he has previously represented the Karachi franchise.
The sole trade before the showpiece 20-over event will now see Karachi take Islamabad's pick in the first round of the Diamond category drafting whereas United will get their single Diamond pick in the second round.
Five sides out of six have opted to utilise the limit of eight retentions with Peshawar Zalmi choosing to retain only six players as they aim for a squad overhaul in the players draft.
Besides Ingram and Hales, the other foreign players retained by the PSL teams include Ben Dunk, David Wiese (both Lahore Qalandars), Imran Tahir, James Vince, Rilee Rossouw (all three from Multan Sultans), Liam Livingstone (Peshawar Zalmi) and Ben Cutting (Quetta Gladiators).
The notable releases made in the pre-draft process are Peshawar Zalmi parting ways with Hasan Ali and Lahore Qalandars not continuing with Chris Lynn.
Hasan, who was recently declared player of the tournament in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, rose to prominence through his heroics in the PSL with Zalmi after being picked in the emerging category in the inaugural edition. He later finished as the leading wicket-taker in PSL 2019, earning the prize for the best bowler of the tournament.
However, Hasan was overcome by a lack of form during PSL 2020 and was unable to replicate his quality performances for Zalmi.
Meanwhile, Lynn's explosive century against Multan Sultans in March 2020 propelled Lahore Qalandars to the playoffs but his compatriot Dunk and South African all-rounder Wiese have been preferred as the foreign retentions.
The full list of player retentions, releases and trades made is as follows:
Retained: Alex Hales (Platinum; traded from Karachi Kings); Asif Ali (gold); Colin Munro (diamond); Faheem Ashraf (diamond); Hussain Talat (gold, brand ambassador); Musa Khan (silver, successful relegation request); Shadab Khan (platinum); Zafar Gohar (silver, successful relegation request)
Released: Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Akif Javed, Amad Butt, Dale Steyn, Luke Ronchi (unavailable due to coaching duties in New Zealand), Phil Salt, Rassie van der Dussen, Rizwan Hussain, Rumman Raees and Saif Badar
Retained: Amir Yamin (gold); Arshad Iqbal (emerging); Babar Azam (platinum); Colin Ingram (platinum, traded from Islamabad United); Imad Wasim (diamond, successful relation request); Mohammad Amir (platinum); Sharjeel Khan gold) and Waqas Maqsood (silver, brand ambassador)
Released: Ali Khan, Awais Zia, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Chris Jordan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mitchell McCleneghan, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Umer Khan and Usama Mir
Retained: Ben Dunk (gold); David Wiese (diamond); Dilbar Hussain (gold); Fakhar Zaman (diamond, brand ambassador); Haris Rauf (diamond); Mohammad Hafeez; Shaheen Shah Afridi (both platinum) and Sohail Akhtar (silver, successful relegation request)
Released: Abid Ali, Agha Salman, Chris Lynn, Dane Vilas, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Salman Butt, Salman Irshad, Samit Patel, Seekkuge Prasanna and Usman Shinwari
Retained: Shahid Afridi (platinum), Imran Tahir (diamond, mentor); James Vince (gold); Khushdil Shah (diamond); Rilee Rossouw (platinum); Shan Masood (gold, successful relegation request); Sohail Tanvir (Diamond, brand ambassador); Usman Qadir (gold)
Released: Ali Shafiq, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Fabian Allen, Junaid Khan, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara, Rohail Nazir, Wayne Madsen and Zeeshan Ashraf
Retained: Haider Ali (gold); Kamran Akmal (diamond, successful relegation request); Liam Livingstone (gold); Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz (both platinum)
Released: Aamir Ali, Adil Amin, Amir Khan, Carlos Brathwaite, Hammad Azam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Lewis Gregory, Liam Dawson (unavailable), Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Sikandar Raza, Tom Banton, Umar Amin and Yasir Shah
Retained: Anwar Ali (silver, successful relegation request); Azam Khan (gold); Ben Cutting (diamond); Mohammad Hasnain (diamond); Mohammad Nawaz (diamond); Naseem Shah (gold); Sarfaraz Ahmed (platinum) and Zahid Mahmood (silver, brand ambassador)
Released: Aarish Ali Khan, Abdul Nasir, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Fawad Ahmad, Jason Roy (unavailable), Keemo Paul, Khurram Manzoor, Omair bin Yousuf, Shane Watson (retired), Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills (unavailable) and Umar Akmal (suspended)