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



Karachi Kings



Lahore Qalandars



Peshawar Zalmi



Quetta Gladiators



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:

 

 

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.