Pakistan Super League season III draft occurred last Saturday at Lahore, Pakistan. Top international cricketers including Darren Bravo, Luke Ronchi, Wayne Parnell and Pakistan-born South African Imran Tahir and Albie Morkel are set to become a part of Pakistan Super League in third edition. Bangladesh’s Mustafiz Ur Rehman, Jason Holder, JP Duminy, England’s James Vince and Tim Bresnan are among the new signings for PSL.
Beside this, there are plenty of big names who went unpicked in PSL Draft. Here is Green Team’s unpicked XI;
1. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle was the hottest pick in last two seasons. Lahore and Karachi picked him in season I and season II respectively. But he failed to impress his fans and couldn’t led the teams to winning stand. He scored just 103 runs from 5 matches at an average of 20.60, in the season I from Lahore Qalandars. In the second season, he played for Karachi Kings and scored 160 runs from 9 matches at an average of 17.77. That was the main reason, behind he left unpick for the season III. Sources say that, his unavailability throughout the season is also the main factor. Because he has national duty to perform during that period as he has to play 2019 World Cup Qualifiers from March 1st to April 4th.
2. Grant Elliot
Kiwi all-rounder Grant Elliot who was part of Lahore Qalandars in last season and became famous after his Bat-Drop celebration in last season of PSL also went unpicked in PSL Draft for Season III.
3. Richard Levi
South Africa player Richard Levi who once had joint record with Chris Gayle of the highest runs (117*) in T20I match but it was broken in the same year, by New Zealand star Brendon McCullum when he scored 123 against Bangladesh. Richard Levi has played 13 T20I matches for South Africa and managed to score 236 runs with a fifty and a hundred.
4. James Vince
James Vince debuted against Pakistan in T20 back in November 2015. He was awarded man of the series for his remarkable performance in his first T20 series. He scored 125 runs in three-match series (41, 38 and 46) at an average of 41.66. 46 runs in the final match is the highest score by him till now.
5. Marlon Samuels
Former ODI captain and right-handed batsman Marlon Samuels is of the players who remained unpicked in the PSL draft. He is the only player to be awarded man of the match twice in the final of T20 world cup. He was also a part of PSL winning team (Peshawar Zalmi) last year.
6. Dinesh Chandimal
Captain of Sri Lanka test cricket team Dinesh Chandimal who was the significant member of 2012 and 2014 T20 World cup team. Sri Lanka finished 2012 world cup as runner up while won the 2014 world cup.
7. Lendl Simmons
Lendl Simmons was the part of Karachi Kings in the inaugural season of Pakistan Super League. Right handed batsman has scored 5 fifties in his T20 career of 45 matches.
8. Wayne Parnell
He made his T20 debut against Australia in 2009. He has taken 41 T20I wickets in 40 matches. His best figure is 4 for 13 against West Indies in 2009 and that’s the only four-for in his T20I career.
9. Steven Finn
Right arm bowler Steven Finn has taken 7 five-for and 10 four-for in his International career. ICC adopts Finn’s Law (no ball law) after Finn problem. ICC has introduced a law and according to that law, no-ball will be called if a bowler breaks the non-striker’s stumps. His act was reported against South Africa in 2012. He was the part of Islamabad United in previous editions.
10. Tymal Mills
Tymal Mills is one of the players who has never played Test and ODI but played T20I matches. He was the member of Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League. Mills was a big-money purchase for RCB in the recent auction of IPL.
11. Adil Rashid
Pakistan born England player Adil Rashid has taken 5 wickets hauls in test and ODI. His best performance in T20I is 2 for 18 against his born country Pakistan at Dubai.