PSL 3 draft ceremony kicks off with renowned Cricket stars


PSL 3 draft ceremony kicks off with renowned Cricket stars

With the 2018 edition of Pakistan Super League just around the corner, a total of 501 foreign and local cricketers will be available for selection at the player draft scheduled to take place on November 12.

This was decided during a meeting in Lahore between PCB Chairman Najam Sethi and the six franchise owners.

He also announced that the semi finals of the league will be played in Lahore, but that there is "a commitment to try our best to host the PSL 3 final in Karachi".

Karachi Kings, owned by Salman Iqbal picked Colin Ingram as their platinum category player while Multan Sultans would be going with Imran Tahir, both the players belong to South Africa.

Lahore Qalandars have picked Bangladesh bowler Mustafizur Rehman in the diamond category.

Luke Wright, who played for Quetta Gladiators in the first two seasons, will represent the Karachi Kings in the upcoming season, as will Colin Munro, but due to a question over his availability for the entire season, he was snapped up as a supplementary player.

Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shakib al Hasan, Kamran Akmal, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar, Dwayne Bravo, Tamim Iqbal, Hammad Azam, Saad Nasim, Taimoor Sultan, Sameen Gul, Ibtisam Sheikh.

Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Mahmudullah, Umar Amin, Mir Hamza, Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Rameez Raja jnr, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Hassan Khan.

The PSL teams have already retained nine players each and have gone into the draft 2017 to pick one Platinum, one Diamond, one Gold, two Silver and two Emerging players each to complete their squads of 16 players.

"All franchises unanimously chose to increase the player salary cap by United States dollars 25,000 allowing teams to pick a squad of 21 players for this season", a PCB release said. The 38-year old West Indies batsman was among the high-profile cricketers who did not get picked by any of the six teams during the draft ceremony in Lahore on Sunday.

The Supplementary players are those who are not available for the entire season because of global commitments.

Lahore Qalandars retained some key players like Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, which was wise.