Friday, 24 November, 2017

501 players make it to HBL PSL draft

Pakistan       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published Pakistan by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published
Kristopher Love | 14 November, 2017, 11:45

The prestigious ceremony started with the address of Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi at the National Cricket Stadium Lahore. Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum (captain), Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport, Aamer Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Khan, Chris Lynn, Mustafizur Rehman, Bilal Asif, Raza Hasan, Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ghulam Mudassar.

The 38-year-old Jamaican, one of the most sought-after names on the worldwide T20 circuit, was one of 308 overseas players up for grabs but found no takers from among the six franchises, in perhaps the biggest surprise of the auction.One franchise owner, who requested anonymity, told Wisden India that Gayle's partial availability for the PSL coupled with his poor form in the last Indian Premier League, had made him an unattractive option.

Karachi Kings chose left-arm pacer MitchJohnson from the Diamond category while Quetta Gladiators went with West Indian player Carlos Brathwaite.

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. In the second season, he played for Karachi Kings and could only manage 160 runs from nine matches at an average of 17.77.

Teams will have the option to pick up to four players each in the Supplementary category. The players in Gold Category will be drafted in the third round while players in the silver group will be drafted in the fourth and fifth rounds.

During the inaugural edition of the PSL in 2016, Gayle represented Lahore Qalandars and scored just 103 runs from five matches at an average of 20.60.

Attacking Windies limited overs opener, Evin Lewis, and Andre Fletcher, were claimed by Peshawar Zalmi as their supplementary players - those who can be called on in case other players become unavailable. It includes both the retained and new players picked in the draft. Trades could be allowed and as a result, the order could be changed.