PSL 2017 Drafts Completed, Franchises finalized players
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.
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.
|Misbahul Haq||Sharjeel Khan||Mohammad Sami||Sam Billings||Amad Butt||Dwayne Smith|
|Shane Watson||Mohammad Irfan||Khalid Latif||Saeed Ajmal||Hussain Talat||Ben Duckett|
|Andre Russell||Samuel Badree||Brad Haddin||Asif Ali||Shadab Khan|
|Rumman Raees||Zohaib Khan|
|Brendon McCullum||Sohail Tanvir||Anton Devcich||Azhar Ali||Ghulam Mudassir||Grant Elliot|
|Sunil Narine||Dwayne Bravo||Mohammad Rizwan||Aamer Yamin||Usman Qadir||Shaun Tait|
|Umar Akmal||Yasir Shah||Cameron Delport||Zafar Gohar||Saif Badar|
|Fakhar Zaman||Mohammad Irfan (Jr)|
|Chris Gayle||Mohammad Amir||Imad Wasim||Sohail Khan||Abrar Ahmed||Mahela Jayawardene|
|Kieron Pollard||Ravi Bopara||Babar Azam||Shahzaib Hasan||Abdul Hameed||Usama Mir|
|Shoaib Malik||Kumar Sangakkara||Ryan McLaren||Saifullah Bangash||Rahat Ali|
|Khurram Manzoor||Amad Alam|
|Shahid Afridi||Shakibal Hasan||Chris Jordan||Sohaib Maqsood||Hasan Ali||Alex Hales|
|Eoin Morgan||Darren Sammy||Tamim Iqbal||Junaid Khan||Mohammad Asghar||Mohammad Shahzad|
|Wahab Riaz||Mohammad Hafeez||Kamran Akmal||Imran Khan Jr||Irfan Khan|
|Iftikhar Ahmed||Khushdil Shah|
|Kevin Pietersen||Carlos Brathwaite||Tymal Mills||Mohammad Nawaz||Hassaan Khan||David Willey|
|Sarfraz Ahmed||Luke Wright||Umar Gul||Mohammad Nabi||Noor Ali||Rovman Powell|
|Ahmed Shehzad||Anwar Ali||Zulfiqar Babar||Asad Shafiq||Bismillah Khan|
|Saad Nasim||Mir Hamza|
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.