Lahore: In the third edition of Pakistan Super league, the management prepared a list of over 475 cricketers for the player’s draft ahead for the mega event.
The players list for the draft feature cricketers from all the top nations, minus India, and most of the players have also expressed consent to visit Pakistan.
PSL Chairman Najam Sethi has already said that the overseas players selected will be expected to play those Pakistan-based games as well.
“This is the league will bring cricket back home”, said Sethi.
The draft featured top players such as Chris Lynn, Mitchell Johnson, Jimmy Neesham, JP Duminy, Rashid Khan, Imran Tahir, Evin Lewis, Angelo Matthews, Jason Holder, Mitchell McClenaghan, John Hastings, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Colin Ingram, Thisara Perera, Carlos Brathwaite, Tim Bresnan, Ian Bell, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi and many more top players.
The minimum pay scale for players in the Platinum category is at least $140,000, while some players have their base price of over $200,000. The Diamond category players will purse a minimum of $70,000 while Gold category players will get at least $50,000. For players in the Silver category, the minimum salary cap is $22,000 while emerging category players will earn around $10,000.
The supplementary players are picked by teams but are not paid unless they join the squad for the tournament at which point their contracts will commence. For supplementary players there is no contractual base salary.
Supplementary rounds are for those players who the franchises can call upon for those not be available for the entire season, which could come into the picture if some of the players refuse to travel to Pakistan.
Here are the complete squads of all six franchises.
Retained players: Imad Wasim (captain), Usman Khan, Usama Mir, Khurram Manzoor, Ravi Bopara, Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shahid Afridi
Players picked in the draft: Colin Ingram, Mitchell Johnson, Luke Wright, David Wiese, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jr, Hasan Mohsin, Colin Munro, Eoin Morgan, Saifullah Bangash
Retained players: Mohammad Sami, Andre Russell, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Samuel Badree, Iftikhar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Asif Ali
Players picked in the draft: JP Duminy, Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Sam Billings, Zafar Gohar, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Alex Hales, David Willey, Mohammad Hasan, Mohammad Hasnain
Retained players: Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shakib al Hasan, Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar
Players picked in the draft: Dwayne Bravo, Tamim Iqbal, Hammad Azam, Saad Nasim, Taimoor Sultan, Sameen Gul, Sameen Gul, Andre Fletcher, Evin Lewis, Khalid Usman, Muhammad Arif
Retained players: Sarfraz Ahmed, Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Mahmudullah, Umar Amin, Mir Hamza, Asad Shafiq
Players picked in the draft: Shane Watson, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Rameez Raja Jr, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Hassan Khan, Jason Roy, Rashid Khan, Moin Khan (jr.), Faraz Ahmed
Retained players: Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport, Aamer Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Khan
Players picked in the draft: Chris Lynn, Mustafizur Rehman, Bilal Asif, Raza Hasan, Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ghulam Mudassar, Angelo Mathews, Mitchell McClenaghan, Gulraiz Sadaf
Pre-draft players: Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Irfan Khan, Kashif Bhatti
Players picked in the draft: Imran Tahir, Darren Bravo, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Abbas, Nicholas Pooran, Abdullah Shafique, Saif Badar, Hardus Viljoen, Umar Gul, Umar Siddiq, Ross Whiteley
The PSL 2017-18 will also witness the debut of Multan Sultans, making it a six-team affair along with Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators.