KARACHI: The player draft for the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held on Sunday, Samaa reported.
Teams have already signed up for nine players each and a further of 501 cricketers will be a part of the PSL Draft.
The likes of Adil Rashid, Angelo Mathews, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle,Chris Lynn, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Jimmy Neesham, JP Duminy, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Shane Watson, Thisara Perera and Wayne Parnell are all part of this Draft among overseas players.
Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Jason Holder (West Indies), Darren Bravo (West Indies), Evin Lewis (West Indies), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), James Vince (England), Tim Bresnan (England), Adil Rashid (England), John Hastings (Australia), Mitchell Johnson (Australia), Chris Lynn (Australia), Wayne Parnell (South Africa), Albie Morkel (South Africa), JP Duminy (South Africa), Imran Tahir (South Africa), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka) and Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) are the new players expected to play in this year’s edition.
Quetta Gladiatiors have retained Sarfraz Ahmed, Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Mahmudullah, Umar Amin, Mir Hamza, Asad Shafiq while Islamabad United have retained Mohammad Sami, Andre Russell, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Samuel Badree, Iftikhar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Asif Ali.
Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport, Aamer Yamin and Bilawal Bhatti are the retained players for Lahore Qalanders while Karach Kings retained Usman Khan, Usama Mir, Khurram Manzoor, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir for PSL 3.
Peshawar Zalmi retained Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shakib al Hasan, Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar for this year’s edition.
The first round of the Draft will be for the Platinum Players followed by Diamond Players in the second round. The players in Gold Category will be drafted in the third round while players in the silver group will be drafted in the fourth and fifth rounds. Emerging players will be drafted into the franchises in the sixth and seventh round. The next four rounds will be for the drafting of Supplementary players.
Lahore Qalandars will be allowed the first pick. This will be followed by Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans. Trades could be allowed and as a result, the order could be changed.
Total purse of USD 1.2 million for each team to pick maximum of 20 players in the squad.
Platinum category players will earn anywhere between $140,000 and $200,000 while Diamond category players have a minimum price of $70,000 attached with them. Gold category players will be signed up for a minimum of $50,000.
The Silver category players have a minimum cap of $22,000 whereas the emerging category players could get at least $10,000.
According to PSL statement, Karachi Kings won’t be picking in the first round of the Emerging Round and will bring in a player at the end of their talent hunt program.
The retention and trading window for the 2018 Pakistan Super League opened on July 12 and teams were given an option of retaining up to nine players in the team. Teams are also now allowed to sign up new players directly. All new players must enter the players draft to get picked.
So the five teams from the previous two seasons were allowed to retain two players each from the Platinum, Diamond, Gold and Silver category, and 1 from the Emerging category to make it nine retained players at the maximum.
The sixth and the newest side in the competition, the Multan Sultans were allowed to pick nine players from each of the five categories in the pre-draft. What this means is that they will only have the right to those players which the first five teams do not retain in their squads.
While this could make it tougher for the side from Multan, it looks like a fair way for the old teams to retain some of their old flavour in the team – a way by which they can build around their brands.
Story first published: 12th November 2017