The much-awaited Pakistan Super League Player (PSL) draft for the fourth edition will take place on Tuesday, November 20 in Islamabad.
The player draft has been moved out of Lahore in a bid to make more cities part of PSL activities.
In the lead up to this year’s draft, all six teams will finalise their player retentions by November 13. The trade window will close a day earlier on November 12. As per the rules for this season, each team can retain a maximum of 10 players.
This season’s pool of top-tier player roster includes foreign stars such as AB de Villiers, Steve Smith, Kieron Pollard, Colin Munro, Shane Watson, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn and Daren Sammy.
This galaxy of foreign stars will team up with Pakistan’s leading talent including the likes of national skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali and Fakhar Zaman.
Players who took part in last year’s season can be retained, traded or released back into the draft pool.
Following the PSL final in Karachi this year, there are a total of eight games scheduled to take place in Pakistan (Karachi and Lahore).
Pakistan Super League (PSL) fans are in for a very exciting month as the trade and retention window for this year has now officially commenced.
Player categories for all those local players who were included in team rosters for PSL season 3 have now been updated. The process of category renewals took place in the presence of cricket representatives from all six teams.
The list of all such local players who were not involved with any squad during PSL season 3 shall be released separately once finalised by the National Selection Committee.
Each PSL squad of 16 comprises three Platinum, three Diamond, three Gold, five Silver and two Emerging players. Teams are allowed to retain a maximum of 10 players going into this year’s Draft.
As was the case last year, teams reserve the right to float relegation requests for their players before finalising retentions. After a relegation request is floated, all other teams will be given a chance to meet the player’s base category. If no team matches the player’s base category, the player will be relegated to a category below his base category and retained by the franchise. Relegation requests will only be floated after obtaining player consent.
Sarfraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Misbahul Haq, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal were placed in Platinum category as refereed by their respective franchises.
Meanwhile, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Usman Shinwari, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Nawaz were named in Diamond category.
The Gold category will consist of Bilal Asif, Sohail Khan, Aamir Yamin, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Raza Hasan, Bilawal Bhatti, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Rizwan, Khurram Manzoor, Zulfiqar Babar, Mukhtar Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Abbas, Shan Masood, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asghar, Haris Sohail , Asad Shafiq, Rahat Ali, Umar Amin, Anwar Ali and Hasan Khan.
Sohail Akhtar, Agha Salman, Gulraiz Sadaf, Salman Irshad, Imran Khan (JR.), Ahmed Butt, Zafar Gohar, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Hasan, Waqas Maqsood, Usama Mir, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan (JR.), Saifullah Bangash, Danish Aziz, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Saif Badar, Usman Siddiq, Umaid Asif, Hammad Azam, Saad Nasim, Taimor Sultan, Khalid Usman, Khushdil Shah, Ramiz Raja (JR.), Saad Ali, Mir Hamza, Saud Shakeel and Faraz Ahmed Khan were placed in the Silver category.
The Emerging category includes Mohammad Azam Khan, Mohammad Junaid, Shameen Gul, Ibtisam Shaikh, Mohammad Arif, Abdullah Shafiq, Hasan Mohsin, Mohammad Taha, Rohail Nazir, Mushtaq Ahmed Kalhoro, Mohammad Hussain and Ghulam Mudasir.
Pakistan Super League returns to action on February 14, 2019.