Former Twenty20 captain Younis Khan, veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and spin wizard Saeed Ajmal remained unpicked as day two of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) got underway on Tuesday.

It is worth noting that Pakistan’s only World T20 title came under Younis’ leadership in 2009.

Pakistan’s T20 skipper Shahid Afridi on Monday became the first pick of the PSL after Peshawar Zalmi signed up the flamboyant all-rounder to play for its franchise.

The second phase of drafting is underway at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. Players belonging to the ‘Silver’ and ‘Emerging’ categories are being inducted into the league’s five franchises.

With 308 cricketers on board, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) kicked off players’ drafting for ‘Platinum’, ‘Diamond’ and ‘Gold’ categories yesterday.

What we know so far

Islamabad United


  • Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Andre Russell (West Indies, Platinum)
  • Shane Watson (Australia, Platinum)
  • Samuel Badree (West Indies, Diamond)
  • Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Brad Haddin (Australia, Diamond)
  • Sharjeel Khan (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Mohammad Sami (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Khalid Latif (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Babar Azam (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Imran Khalid (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Kamran Ghulam (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Umar Amin (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Sam Billings (England, Silver)
  • Ruman Raees (Pakistan, Emerging)

Karachi Kings


  • Shoaib Malik (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh, Platinum)
  • Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Immad Wasim (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Ravi Bopara (England, Diamond)
  • Lendl Simmons (West Indies, Diamond)
  • Mohammad Amir (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Bilawal Bhatti (Pakistan, Gold)
  • James Vince (England, Gold)
  • Iftikhar Ahmed (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Nauman Anwar (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh, Silver)
  • Usama Mir (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Sohail Khan (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Mir Hamza (Pakistan, Emerging)

Lahore Qalandars


  • Chris Gayle (West Indies, Platinum)
  • Umar Akmal (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Dwayne Bravo (West Indies, Platinum)
  • Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Yasir Shah (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Sohaib Maqsood (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh, Gold)
  • Kevon Cooper (West Indies, Gold)
  • Cameron Delport (South Africa, Gold)
  • Zafar Gohar (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Hammad Azam (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Zia-ul-Haq (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Zohaib Khan (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Azhar Ali (Pakistan, Silver)

Peshawar Zalmi


  • Shahid Afridi (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Wahab Riaz (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Darren Sammy (West Indies, Platinum)
  • Kamran Akmal (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Chris Jordan (England, Diamond)
  • Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh, Gold)
  • Junaid Khan (Pakistan, Gold)
  • James Allenby (Australia, Gold)
  • Aamir Yamin (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Dawid Malan (England, Silver)
  • Imran Khan Jr. (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Shahid Yousuf (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Abdur Rehman (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Musaddiq Ahmed Ali (Pakistan, Emerging)

Quetta Gladiators


  • Kevin Pietersen (England, Platinum)
  • Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Anwar Ali (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Jason Holder (West Indies, Diamond)
  • Luke Wright (England, Diamond)
  • Zulfiqar Babar (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Umar Gul (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Elton Chigumbura (Zimbabwe, Gold)
  • Bilal Asif (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Asad Shafiq (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Saad Nasim (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan, Silver)
  • Akbar-ur-Rehman (Pakistan, Emerging)

Views from the greats

“World best cricket talent has been picked to be a part of all the participating teams which shows the importance of the league,” says Wasim Akram

“The league is a great way of the learning for our young players who will be earning handsome money besides gaining the much needed experience to enhance their experience besides showcasing their potentialities,” says Ramiz Raja

“Let’s create an atmosphere where everyone can learn from each other,” says Mushtaq Ahmed


Shahid Afridi said he would have loved to play for any team but it made more sense for him to play for Peshawar Zalmi because it complements the work his foundation is doing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s remote areas.

Giving credit to the PCB for organising the mega cricket league, Afridi said the platform should be used to promote new faces and to encourage new talent.

Karachi Kings didn’t hesitate in signing up the former captain Shoaib Malik to play for them, while Quetta Gladiators got England star Kevin Pietersen.

 

 

 

But Lahore Qalandars perhaps made the most interesting pick for its franchise by signing West Indian hardhitter Chris Gayle. Shane Watson of Australia was picked up by Islamabad United.

The PSL has already finalised the sale of commercial rights for franchises, broadcast, and title sponsorship.

“By opting for a draft system in place of a player auction, PSL will ensure a level-playing field as each team will have to choose a certain number of players from each category. As a result of this, each team will spend an equal amount on drafting players. Top players will, therefore, play for all five teams,” the PCB said in a statement.

The PSL player list includes 137 Pakistani and 171 foreign players. The short-listed players have been divided into five categories:

  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Emerging

 

 

Each team will be required to pick three players per category from each of the top three categories (Platinum, Diamond and Gold).

While drafting of two emerging players will be mandatory, a team will also be able to pick up to five players from the ‘Silver’ category in order to complete the squad.

Each team will have a minimum of four foreign players in the playing 11. The inaugural edition of the PSL is scheduled to take place from Feb 4-23, 2016 in Dubai and Sharjah.

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