The Pakistan Super League Team Retention list for season four has been revealed.
Karachi Kings have released veteran all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi as all six Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises announced the list of retained players for the season four on Tuesday.
The legendary all-rounder — who was also the president of the Karachi Kings — was released by the franchise and will be available in the draft process.
Kings retained left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir, right-handed batsman Babar Azam and Black Caps opening batsman Colin Munro as their Platinum picks with South African all-rounder Colin Ingram moving to Diamond as a player ambassador.
The defending champions Islamabad United have retained all three Platinum players — Luke Ronchi, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf.
With veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez going back into the draft list, Peshawar Zalmi opted for the pace duo of Wahab Riaz and Hassan Ali in their Platinum roster.
Zalmi will Platinum pick to sign their foreign player at the draft process, whereas seasoned wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has now moved to Diamond category as a player ambassador.
Quetta Gladiators Platinum retention completed with the arrival of West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine in a blockbuster trade deal with Lahore Qalandars. Star Australian all-rounder Shane Watson now moves to Diamond category as a player mentor.
The sixth team’s retentions included veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik in Platinum and left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan in Diamond as player ambassador.
Lahore Qalandars — who will have the first pick in this season’s draft — retained opening batsman Fakhar Zaman as their only Platinum player while leg-spinner Yasir Shah was retained in Diamond category.
Apart from all this there’s a question which is circulating around;
What does “Player Ambassador” mean?
All the teams of PSL have an option of making a top-category player as ambassador or mentor to keep him in roster.
According to PSL rules, teams are allowed to have one player mentor — anyone who has captained his national team and is inactive for a year or is retired. Teams are also allowed to have one player ambassador.
Ambassadors and mentors can drop one category below their base category.
With all this scenario and likelihood, one can safely say that fans of PSL will have interesting time in next few days as build up to player draft, which is going to entertain them before the mega show.