DUBAI: PSL franchises are all geared up for PSL Draft 2017 to pick their side for the second edition of the league. The five franchises of the PSL will chose the best players from a pool of 414 players, which include local as well as international players.
Franchises have retained players that had performed well in the opening season of the league. They will look to strengthen their sides by picking up new players from the lot. The PSL draft is expected to be more exciting as there are some big names featuring this season. There have been some transfers of players from one team to another.
Lahore Qalandars, who finished last in the inaugural season of the PSL, will have the first pick. They are all set to pick to former New Zealand’s skipper, Brendon McCullum and he is to wear the captaincy band as well.
Karachi Kings will have the second turn to pick a player and then the team that finished third and so on. Islamabad United, the reigning champions will have the last pick.
Franchises have to pick three players from Platinum, Diamond, Gold and Emerging categories, while they will pick five players from the Silver category.
The wait is almost over, everything is in place and the proceedings are just to start.
Here we go! The event has kicked off.
The anthems of all the franchises are being played at the Dubai Sports City.
Faisal Mirza is hosting the event.
At the moment a wonderful video of the last event is being played, from the preparation to all the key events of the previous season.
Najam Sethi is on the stage to address the event. He thanked people who worked extremely hard to make this league possible. He further stated, “We have fulfilled the promise of holding a success league, we have fulfilled the promise of holding a bigger and better season of the league and at the end we will hopefully fulfill the promise to host the final in Lahore.”
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) October 19, 2016
Pakistan’s test cap is being presented to owners of the franchises.
Announcement of hosting PSL 2017 in Lahore is surely very exciting.
Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum
Lahore Qalandars picked the former New Zealand skipper, who is known for his aggressive approach as a batsman and as well as a captain.
Karachi Kings: Chris Gayle
Karachi Kings picked the big bashing batsman from the Caribbean, Chris Gayle!
Peshawar Zalmi: Shahid Afridi
Peshawar Zalmi retained their skipper from the season one, Shahid Afridi.
Quetta Gladiators: Kevin Pietersen
Quetta Gladiators retains the England’s legendary batsman Kevin Pietersen.
Islamabad United: Misbah Ul Haq
Unsurprisingly, Islamabad United keeps their winning skipper, Misbah Ul Haq.
Lahore Qalandars: Sunil Narine
Lahore Qalandars chose the spin wizard of the West Indies, Sunil Narine.
Karachi Kings: Kieron Pollard
The giant allrounder from the Caribbean, Kieron Pollard is picked by Karachi Kings.
Peshawar Zalmi: Eoin Morgan
The English skipper, Eoin Morgan, who is a wonderful left-handed batsman can be great pick for Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed
Quetta retains their skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed.
Islamabad United: Shane Watson
The mighty Australian allrounder, Shane Watson is retained by the champions of the first season.
Lahore Qalandars: Umar Akmal
The highest run scorer from the previous season, the flamboyant local batsman, Umar Akmal is retained by Lahore Qalandars.
Karachi Kings: Shoaib Malik
The captain of Karachi Kings and the experienced allrounder of Pakistan, Shoaib Malik is retained by the Kings.
Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz
The local left-arm pacer, Wahab Riaz is once again picked by Peshawar Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators: Ahmed Shehzad
Quetta Gladiators are persisting with the star opener of Pakistan, Ahmed Shehzad.
Islamabad United: Andre Russell
Arguably the best allrounder of the world in T20 format is retained by Islamabad United.
Its the end of Platinum category picks.
The picks from Diamond category begin!
Lahore Qalandars: Sohail Tanvir
Its the player that Lahore Qalandars traded against Chris Gayle, Sohail Tanvir.
Karachi Kings: Mohammad Amir
The spearhead, Mohammad Amir is retained by Karachi Kings.
Peshawar Zalmi: Shakib Al Hasan
The star allrounder of Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan is picked up by Peshawar Zalmi. He represented Karachi Kings in the first edition.
Quetta Gladiators: Carlos Brathwaite
Quetta goes for the World T20 hero of West Indies, Carlon Brathwaite, who struck four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to give his team a phenomenal win.
Islamabad United: Sharjeel Khan
The aggressive opener of Pakistan, Sharjeel Khan is retained by the reigning champions.
Lahore Qalandars: Dwayne Bravo
The handy allrounder from the Caribbean, Dwayne Bravo is retained by Lahore Qalanadars.
Karachi Kings: Ravi Bopara
Karachi Kings retained their best performer, Ravi Bopara from the first season.
Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy
West Indies’ World T20 winning captain, Darren Sammy is retained by Peshawar Zalmi. Shahid Afridi handed over the captaincy to Darren Sammy and said that he knows how to honour champions.
Other than from picks, Peshawar Zalmi have announced Younis Khan as the batting consultant.
Quetta Gladiators: Luke Wright
England’s allrounder is retained by Quetta Gladiators.
Islamabad United: Mohammad Irfan
The tall fast bowler of Pakistan, Mohammad Irfan is retained by Islamabad United.
Lahore Qalandars: Yasir Shah
The spin sensation, the fastest Asian to reach 100 test wickets, Yasir Shah is picked by Lahore Qalandars.
Karachi Kings: Kumar Sangakkara
The legendary Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batsman, Kumar Sangakkara has moved to Karachi Kings from Quetta Gladiators.
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistan’s former T20 skipper, Mohammad Hafeez to represent Peshawar Zalmi in the second season as well.
Quetta Gladiators: Anwar Ali
Quetta retains their handy allrounder, Anwar Ali.
Islamabad United: Samuel Badree
The attacker spinner from the West Indies is retained by Islamabad United.
Picks for Diamond category end here.
Lahore Qalandars: Anton Devcich
The batting allrounder from New Zealand, Devich is selected by Qalandars.
Karachi Kings: Imad Wasim
Karachi Kings retain the man in form, Imad Wasim.
Peshawar Zalmi: Chris Jordan
The pacer from England, Chris Jordan to feature Peshawar Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators: Tymal Mills
The you left-arm pacer from England, Tymal Mills is picked by Quetta Gladiators.
Islamabad United: Mohammad Sami
The express pacer, Mohammad Sami is retained by Islamabad United.
Lahore Qalandars: Mohammad Rizwan
Qalandars retained the agile cricketer Mohammad Rizwan.
Karachi Kings: Babar Azam
The young batting sensation of Pakistan, Babar Azam is welcomed to Karachi Kings from Islamabad United.
Peshawar Zalmi: Tamim Iqbal
The hard-hitting Bangladeshi opener, Tamim Iqbal is retained by Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators: Umar Gul
Pakistan’s T20 specialist pacer, Umar Gul is retained by Quetta Gladiators.
Islamabad United: Khalid Latif
Khalid Latif, who was an integral part of Islamabad United’s side in the first edition of the PSL is retained by them.
Lahore Qalandars: Cameron Delport
Qalandars have retained the South African batsman, Cameron Delport.
Karachi Kings: Ryan McClaren
The South African allrounder, Ryan McClaren is selected by Karachi Kings.
Peshawar Zalmi: Kamran Akmal
Peshawar Zalmi retained their wicketkeeper batsman, Kamran Akmal.
Quetta Gladiators: Zulfiqar Babar
The experienced slow left-arm bowler is selected by Quetta.
Islamabad United: Brad Haddin
The Australian wicketkeeper batsman, Brad Haddin is retained by the champions.
The picks for Gold category end here.
The Karachi contingent at the Draft
Here are the players that are retained by the franchise.
Lahore Qalandars: Azhar Ali, Amir Yameen, Zafar Gohar
Karachi Kings: Sohail Khan, Shahzeb Hasan, Saifullah Bangash
Peshawar Zalmi: Sohaib Maqsood, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan Jr.
Quetta Gladiators: Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Nabi, Asad Shafiq, Saad Nasim
Islamabad United: Sam Billings, Saeed Ajmal, Asif Ali, Rumman Raees, Imran Khalid
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman, the man who rocked for Pakistan A recently on Zimbabwe A tour, is picked by Lahore Qalandars.
Karachi Kings: Khurram Manzoor
Karachi Kings picked the opener Khurram Manzoor.
Peshawar Zalmi: Iftikhar Ahmed
Iftikhar Ahmed, who played for Karachi Kings in the last season is selected by Peshawar Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators: Umar Amin
The allrounder, Umar Amin is selected by Gladiators.
Lahore Qalandars: Bilawal Bhatti
Bilawal Bhatti, who featured Karachi Kings in the previous edition is moved to Qalandars.
Karachi Kings: Kashif Bhatti
The young slow-left arm orthodox, Kashif Bhatti is picked by Karachi Kings.
Peshawar Zalmi: Haris Sohail
The versatile left-handed batsman, Haris Sohail has gone to Peshawar Zalmi.
The picks for Silver category end here.
Retained players for Emerging categories.
Peshawar Zalmi: Hasan Ali, Mohammad Asghar
Islamabad United: Ammad Butt, Hussain Talat
Lahore Qalandars: Ghulam Mudassar
The young left-arm pacer, Ghulam Mudassar is picked by Lahore Qalandars.
Karachi Kings: Abrar Ahmed
He is a right-arm leg spinner.
Quetta Gladiators: Hassan Khan
Lahore Gladiators: Usman Qadir
Usman Qadir is a leg-spinner, son of the legendary leggie, Abdul Qadir.
Karachi Kings: Abdul Hameed
Quetta Gladiators: Noor Wali
The regular draft ends here and players will pick four supplementary players now.
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Lahore Qalandars: Grant Elliott
The allrounder from New Zealand is picked in supplementary round by Lahore, he played last season from Quetta Gladiators.
Islamabad United : Dwayne Smith
Islamabad United pick the allrounder from West Indies, Dwayne Smith.
Peshawar Zalmi: Alex Hales
Peshawar Zalmi select the English opener, Alex Hales.
Quetta Gladiators: David Willey
The allrounder from England, David Willey is picked by Gladiators.
Islamabad United: Ben Duckett
The aggressive batsman is picked by Islamabad United.
Lahore Qalandars: Shaun Tait
The Aussie speedster, Shaun Tait has moved to Lahore Qalandars from Peshawar Zalmi.
Karachi Kings: Mahela Jayawerdene
Karachi Kings pick the legendary Sri Lankan batsman, Jayawerdene and they have now the world beating duo of Sanga and Mahela.
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Shahzad
The aggressive wicketkeeper batsman from Afghanistan, Mohammad Shahzad is selected by Peshawar Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators: Rovman Powell
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan
The young leggie is picked by the Champions.
Lahore Qalandars: Saif Badar
Karachi Kings: Usama Mir
The young leg-spinner, Usama Mir is retained by Karachi Kings.
Peshawar Zalmi: Irfan Khan
Zalmi picks the promising leg-spinner.
Quetta Gladiators: Bismillah Khan
The opener is retained by the franchise.
Lahore Qalandars: Mohammad Irfan
Karachi Kings: Rahat Ali
The left-arm pacer, Rahat Ali is selected by Kings.
Peshawar Zalmi: Khushdil Shah
Quetta Gladiators: Mir Hamza
Mir Hamza moved from Karachi Kings to Gladiators.
Islamabad United: Zohaib Khan
Karachi Kings: Amad Alam
The young talented batsman is included in Karachi Kings’ ranks.
That’s the end of PSL Draft 2017. All the teams look extremely strong this time and the next season of the PSL promised to be a sensational and thrilling one.
Thank you readers for staying with us throughout the event!