Over 400 international cricketers have expressed interest in the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League and registered themselves for the players’ draft but several of them are only available for part of the league due to other international commitments.
The PCB is planning to host the sixth edition of PSL from February 20 to March 22 and the players draft is scheduled to be held on January 10.
Various international tours are clashing with the dates of PSL: Sri Lanka’s series with West Indies, Bangladesh series with New Zealand, England’s series with India and Afghanistan’s series with Zimbabwe.
PCB has announced 25 foreign players for Platinum category but have not announced list of Diamond and Gold categories.
According to reports, Diamond category list includes players like James Faulkner, Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Fawad Ahmed, Tim Bresnen, Joe Denly, Liam Plunkett, Chris Green, Andile Phelukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Luke Wright, Dinesh Ramdin, Andre Fletcher and Brendon Taylor.
Gulbadin Naib, Laurie Evans, Saqib Mehmood, Liam Livingstone, Kevin O Brain, Kyle Abbott, Cameron Delport, Samit Patel, Ravi Bopara, Upul Tharanga, Devendra Bishoo, Ashley Nurse and Sikandar Raza Butt are the players named in the Gold category, reported Geo News.
Sources confirm that at least nine players, including Seekkuge Prasanna, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Dinesh Chandimal, Oshada Fernando, Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Thirimanne are registered in the Diamond category list.
Of the other platinum players, announced by the PCB, those who may not be available fully for the PSL include England’s Moeen Ali who is likely to be occupied with England’s tour to India starting in February. The same series is also likely to disturb the full availability of Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan.
Availability of Afghanistan’s Platinum trio – Rashid Khan, Mujeebur Rehman and Mohammad Nabi is also linked with the future of Afghanistan’s series against Zimbabwe.
Hazratullah Zazai, Qais Ahmed and Zahir Khan from Afghanistan are diamond category players from Afghanistan, but only Zazai may be called by the team for the series against Zimbabwe.
South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen’s availability also depends on Australia’s tour to South Africa for three Tests which are scheduled to be played in February. Dussen was named in the platinum category.
Bangladeshi cricketers’ including platinum player Mustafeezur Rehman’s availability is also linked with the team’s tour to New Zealand. The Bangladesh tour to New Zealand starts from March 12 but the NZ government’s quarantine rule means Bangladeshi cricketers will have to arrive in New Zealand not later than the third week of February.
Seeing international team’s commitments and likelihood of players being picked by their national teams, one can assume that Imran Tahir, Rilee Rossouw, Alex Hales, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Gayle, Colin Ingram, Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Lamichhane and Dale Steyn are players who can be available to the teams for the full season of PSL.