The Pakistan Super League 4 Player Draft will take place in Islamabad today. 682 cricketers from worldwide are going to feature in PSL 4 Drafts for team to get picked. Out of which 371 are foreigners and rest 311 are local players.
What is it?
The Pakistan Super League draft is a player auction between the six teams playing in the 2019 PSL.
How can a player be an Ambassador for a team?
Each team can have one Ambassador, given additional ambassadorial responsibilities. Teams are allowed to have one player in the squad in a lower category than designated one to prevent ‘underhand’ deals. An Ambassador can be appointed at the time of retentions, or after a player has been picked at the draft.
What is the role of a mentor?
A player can be eligible for a mentor’s role if he has captained his national team and has either announced retirement from international cricket, or been inactive in the national team set-up for at least one year. The role was instituted for players like Brendon McCullum, Kumar Sangakkara, Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq. This nomination allows teams to not spend their Platinum picks on players close to retirement.
A player mentor can be relegated by a maximum of one category if designated at the time of retentions. If he is picked in the draft, he cannot be relegated and appointed mentor.
How does it work?
The retention and trading window for the upcoming tournament opened on September 29 and teams were allowed to retain up to 10 players who featured for them in the previous year.
Each squad is allowed 16 players, with potential draft picks being organised into five different categories. These categories are (in descending order of quality) platinum, diamond, gold, silver, and emerging.
Teams are allowed three platinum players, three diamond players, three gold, five silver, and two emerging. They make their picks from these categories in an order decided by their performance in the 2018 PSL, with defending champions Islamabad United going last. The order is below:
1st: Lahore Qalandars
2nd: The Sixth Team (formerly the Multan Sultans)
3rd: Quetta Gladiators
4th: Karachi Kings
5th: Peshawar Zalmi
6th: Islamabad United
How is this draft different from the previous one?
Last year, the teams could retain only a certain number of players in each category since it was an expansion year. But this year, all teams have been given the option to retain up to 10 players across any category they want, subject to the overall category restriction, which is three players in Platinum, three in Diamond, three in Gold, five in Silver, and two in Emerging.
The retention window this year closed on November 13, with Islamabad United retaining ten players, so they can pick six more from the draft. Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi and ‘The Sixth Team’ retained eight players each and can pick another eight on draft day. Quetta Gladiators will pick seven more to add to their nine retained players. Each of the six teams has an optional round to pick another four players from the Supplement category.
How many players will be available for picking in the draft?
A total of 663 foreign and local players are part of the Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging rosters for teams to pick their player at the draft.
Every team has retained players in every category. What will they do at the draft?
Teams will first pick new players where applicable in a particular category. So if a team had retained three Platinum players, they can skip their turn in the Platinum round. This will be the same for every category. If a team has retained two Diamond category players going into the draft, that team will use its first pick in the Diamond category to select a new player. The retentions will be counted against the remaining picks in that category.
Who traded whom before the draft?
Lahore Qalandars traded Umar Akmal and Sunil Narine to Quetta Gladiators, in exchange for spinner Hassan Khan and fast bowler Rahat Ali. This trade also meant Gladiators gave up their Platinum pick to Qalandars in the first round. Both Gladiators and Qalandars also swapped their second-round picks in the Silver category.
The Sixth Team, formally Multan Sultans, sold Sohail Tanvir to Quetta Gladiators for a Diamond-round pick, and bought Mohammad Junaid in exchange for getting the second pick in the Emerging Category.
Why is there a ‘sixth team’?
There currently exists a side called ‘The Sixth Team’ because the owners of the franchise rights for the Multan Sultans failed to pay the annual franchise fee of $5.2 million.
The PCB has taken responsibility for all the contracts of the staff and players of the team (which has only retained domestic players) while a public tender process takes place to find a new owner for the rights. Once this process is finished the new owner will have the option to pick a new name and new city – hence the removal of the name Multan Sultans.
Who will pick players for the Sixth Team?
The selection for the Sixth Team at the HBL PSL Player Draft 2018 will be conducted by a panel comprising essential staff of the team.
The panel, headed by team manager Nadeem Khan, includes the following:
1. Nadeem Khan, Team Manager & Head of Panel
2. Shoaib Malik, Captain
3. Faisal Mirza (Consultant)
4. Haider Azhar (Consultant)
5. Johan Botha (via telephone / video link)
6. Abdul Rehman (via telephone / video link where possible)
When does the PSL start?
The tournament is scheduled to begin on 14 February 2019.
Compiled By: Umar Farooq (Pakistan correspondent, ESPNcricinfo) / AFP / Green Team Staff