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PSL 2017 Drafts Completed, Franchises finalized players

Posted: October 22, 2016 at 9:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

In an event held in Dubai Sports city, Pakistan Super League Franchises picked final squads for second edition of Pakistan Super League to be held in Feb-March 2016 in UAE and Pakistan.


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A number of new foreign and Pakistani players were selected by 5 PSL teams among the pool of over 400 cricketers from worldwide. This time more Australian, English and Srilankan players will be seen playing among other players. An number of notable developments happened in the PSL 2017 drafts pick event. The main trading comes in the form of Chris Gayle who is acquired by Karachi Kings and Kumar Sangakkara who is released by Quetta Gladiators and will join Karachi Kings in dual role as Player/mentor. T20 Cricket’s Most Popular batsman Brendon McCullum was acquired by Lahore Qalandars at first place.

But the highlight of the draft was announcement from Shahid Afridi to step down from captaincy of Peshawar Zalmi. He also announced to handover the responsibilities of leading the team to Darren Sammy with whom he enjoys close relations. Other development that grabbed attenuation was that Younis Khan who was ignored in the First Session of PSL, perhaps due to his age and batting style, is announced to mentor the Peshawar Zalmi.

Few Highlights of PSL 2017 Draft Pick Event

  • Brendon McCullum replaced Azhar Ali as Lahore Qalandars Captain
  • Darren Sammy will be captain of Peshawar Zalmi
  • Chris Gayle to play for Karachi Kings
  • Younis Khan to mentor Peshawar Zalmi
  • Kumar Sangakkara to play for Karachi Kings. He will also serve the team as mentor
  • Muhammad Aamir Promoted to Diamond Category by Karachi Kings

A number of new international players are selected by 5 Franchises of PSL for 2017 Edition. This includes Eoin Morgan (England) , Alex Hales (England), Brendon McCullum (Newzealand), Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies). Chris Jordan (England), David Willey (England), Ben Duckett (England)

Most of the players are retained by Franchises. Kevin Pietersen, Luke Wright (Quetta Gladiators); Andre Russell, Samuel Badree (Islamabad United); Chris Jordan, Darren Sammy, Tamim Iqbal (Peshawar Zalmi) and Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings) are few foreign players who will play for their respective teams.

Islamabad UnitedLahore QalandarsKarachi KingsPeshawar ZalmiQuetta Gladiators
Misbahul HaqSharjeel KhanMohammad SamiSam BillingsAmad ButtDwayne Smith
Shane WatsonMohammad IrfanKhalid LatifSaeed AjmalHussain TalatBen Duckett
Andre RussellSamuel BadreeBrad HaddinAsif AliShadab Khan
Rumman RaeesZohaib Khan
Imran Khalid
Brendon McCullumSohail TanvirAnton DevcichAzhar AliGhulam MudassirGrant Elliot
Sunil NarineDwayne BravoMohammad RizwanAamer YaminUsman QadirShaun Tait
Umar Akmal Yasir ShahCameron DelportZafar GoharSaif Badar
Fakhar ZamanMohammad Irfan (Jr)
Bilawal Bhatti
Chris GayleMohammad AmirImad WasimSohail KhanAbrar AhmedMahela Jayawardene
Kieron PollardRavi BoparaBabar AzamShahzaib HasanAbdul HameedUsama Mir
Shoaib MalikKumar SangakkaraRyan McLarenSaifullah BangashRahat Ali
Khurram ManzoorAmad Alam
Kashif Bhatti
Shahid AfridiShakibal HasanChris JordanSohaib MaqsoodHasan AliAlex Hales
Eoin MorganDarren SammyTamim IqbalJunaid KhanMohammad AsgharMohammad Shahzad
Wahab RiazMohammad HafeezKamran AkmalImran Khan JrIrfan Khan
Iftikhar AhmedKhushdil Shah
Haris Sohail
Kevin PietersenCarlos BrathwaiteTymal MillsMohammad NawazHassaan KhanDavid Willey
Sarfraz AhmedLuke WrightUmar GulMohammad NabiNoor AliRovman Powell
Ahmed ShehzadAnwar AliZulfiqar BabarAsad ShafiqBismillah Khan
Saad NasimMir Hamza
Umer Amin

Pakistan Super League is seen as a ray of hope for the nation who is deprived from playing cricket at home since 2009. Inaugural edition of PSL was huge success for PCB and Pakistan Cricket in general. PCB is throwing more weight in PSL by selecting some bigger names for its second edition of PSL. Others are hoping it as a gateway to being international Cricket back to Pakistan.

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