A player draft for the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held in Islamabad on Tuesday. Over 650 cricketers were part of the draft and the franchises were asked to add 20 players in their respective squads. The franchises could have three platinum, three diamond, three gold, five silver, two emerging and four supplementary picks. However, teams were also allowed to retain a maximum of 10 players irrespective of the categories.
Lahore Qalandars, which stood last in the previous edition, were given the first picks in every round, followed by the sixth team,(formerly Multan Sultans).
Star South African cricketer AB de Villiers was the first cricketer to be picked by Lahore Qalandars. Lahore, then retained Fakhar Zaman and picked Mohammad Hafeez in this category.
Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Steve Smith are the three players of the Sixth Team.
Quetta Gladiators picked Dwayne Bravo and retained Sarfraz Ahmed and Sunil Narine.
Peshawar Zalmi picked up West Indies all-rounder Keiron Pollard and retained pacers Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali in this category.
Karachi Kings and Islamabad United retained all the three players in this category.
Lahore Qalandars, who were allowed to pick first in all the rounds made maximum use of it as they went on to bag Carlos Brathwaite and Corey Anderson, while retaining Yasir Shah in this category.
The Sixth Team, which already consisted of Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan, added Joe Denly to their squad.
Peshawar Zalmi went on to buy Misbah-ul-Haq, under whom Islamabad United had bagged the PSL title twice.
English cricketer Ian Bell was picked by Islamabad United. He will be joined by Mohammad Sami and Asif Ali.
Karachi Kings, again, and Quetta Gladiators did not have a pick as they had retained all their three players.
Lahore Qalandars picked Sandeep Lamichhane in this category.
The Sixth Team picked up 18-year-old legspinner Qais Ahmed, who hails from Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
Quetta Gladiators picked Fawad Ahmed, while Karachi Kings picked Sikandar Raza.
Peshawar Zalmi picked up Dawid Malan and Umer Amin.
Samit Patel and Philip Salt were bagged by Islamabad United.
The major players to be picked in this category were Cameron Delport, Mohammad Asghar and Sohaib Maqsood. Delport was picked by Islamabad United, Asghar by Quetta Gladiators and Maqsood went to Peshawar Zalmi.
In the supplementary round which allows franchises with the flexiblity to pick four players, Quetta Gladiators decided to sign Ahmed Shehzad. Chris Jordan and young legspinner Ibtisam Sheikh were picked by Peshawar Zalmi
Platinum – Shadab Khan, Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf
Diamond – Mohammad Sami, Asif Ali, Ian Bell
Gold – Rumman Raees, Samit Patel, Philip Salt
Silver – Hussain Talat, Sahibzada Farhan, Zafar Gohar, Waqas Maqsood, Cameron Delport
Emerging – Musa Khan, Nasir Nawaz
Supplementary – Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Amad Butt, Rizwan Hussain
Platinum – Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Colin Munro
Diamond – Usman Khan Shinwari, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim
Gold – Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Sikandar Raza
Silver – Awais Zia, Aaron Summers, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Iftikhar Ahmad
Emerging – Ali Imran, Abrar Ahmed
Supplementary – Aamer Yamin, Ben Dunk, Liam Livingstone, Jaahid Ali
Platinum – Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Keiron Pollard
Diamond – Darren Sammy, Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq
Gold – Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan, Umer Amin
Silver – Umaid Asif, Khalid Usman, Wayne Madsen, Sohaib Maqsood, Jamal Anwar
Emerging – Sameen Gul, Nabi Gul
Supplementary – Waqar Salamkheil, Chris Jordan, Ibtisam Sheikh, Samiullah
Platinum – Sarfraz Ahmed, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo
Diamond – Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz
Gold – Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Fawad Ahmed
Silver – Anwar Ali, Saud Shakil, Mohammad Asghar, Danish Aziz, Ahsan Ali
Emerging – Ghulam Mudassar, Nasim Shah
Supplementary – Harry Gurney, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Azam Khan, Jalat Khan
The Sixth Team:
Platinum – Shoaib Malik, Steve Smith, Shahid Afridi
Diamond – Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Joe Denly
Gold – Shan Masood, Qais Ahmed, Nicholas Pooran
Silver – Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Umar Siddiq, Laurie Evans, Nauman Ali
Emerging – Mohammad Junaid, Mohammad Ilyas
Supplementary – Dan Christian, Tom Moores, Ali Shafiq, Shakeel Ansar
Platinum – Fakhar Zaman, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Hafeez
Diamond – Yasir Shah, Carlos Brathwaire, Corey Anderson
Gold – Anton Devchich, Rahat Ali, Sandeep Lamichhane
Silver – Shaheen Afridi, Hassan Khan, Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar, Haris Sohail
Emerging – Mohammad Imran, Umair Maqsood
Supplementary – Brendon Taylor, Gauhar Ali, Aizaz Cheema, Harris Rauf