A player draft for the 4th edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held in Islamabad on Tuesday, November 21. Pakistan Super League (PSL 4) begins from February 14. With more than 650 players in the draft, the six franchises were allowed to pick up to 20 players in their squads. Every team could have three platinum, three diamond, three gold, five silver, two emerging and four supplementary picks.
This year, teams were permitted to retain up to 10 players paying little mind to the categories. The equation for the picks was the same as the last year which was in the inverted order of the last edition’s position. In this way, Lahore Qalandars had got a chance to pick first in every round followed by the 6th Team. Islamabad United, the winner of the 2018 edition, had the last pick. However, teams had exchanged their players during the retention window which finished up a week ago.
PSL 4 Round:
Lahore Qalandars commenced the player draft by grabbing up AB de Villiers. They retained Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez in the platinum category.
Quetta Gladiators picked Dwayne Bravo and also retained players like captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Sunil Narine, who they traded with Lahore Qalandars for Hassan Khan.
Shoaib Malik, the captain of The 6th Team, was joined by Steve Smith and Shahid Afridi.
Peshawar Zalmi had retained pacers Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz in this category also filled up the final spot with Keiron Pollard.
Both Islamabad United and Karachi Kings didn’t get a player as they had retained all three players in this category.
Lahore Qalandars kept on bagging big names. Their two picks in this round were Corey Anderson and Carlos Brathwaite. They retained Yasir Shah in the category. The 6th Team, having Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, and Joe Denly.
Like the development of the round, Peshawar Zalmi picked former Islamabad United captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who had led his former franchise to two titles.
Islamabad United picked Ian Bell who joined with Asif Ali and Mohammad Sami in the diamond category.
Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings again did not have a pick here as they had all three players from the retention window.
Lahore Qalandars picked Nepal’s 18-year-old leg-break bowler Sandeep Lamichhane who was a part of Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
Following, The 6th team, picked up 18-year-old legspinner Qais Ahmed, who hails from Nangarhar, Afghanistan. They filled the final spot with Nicholas Pooran with Shan Masood who already retained in the gold category.
Quetta Gladiators picked Fawad Ahmed and Karachi Kings bagged Sikandar Raza. Peshawar Zalmi, the winners of the 2nd edition, picked up Dawid Malan and Umer Amin. Islamabad United picked up Samit Patel. They also picked Philip Salt, who scored 611 runs in his T20 career with 156 strike rate.
In this round, Islamabad United picking Cameron Delport, Mohammad Asghar taken by Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi goes with former Multan Sultans batsman Sohaib Maqsood, Karachi Kings picked up Usama Mir, and star performer wicketkeeper-batsman Jamal Anwar bagged by Peshawar Zalmi.
The supplementary round which provides four picks to the franchises to have backup players. The Quetta Gladiators picked up Ahmed Shehzad.
Peshawar Zalmi picked up Chris Jordan and young legspinner Ibtisam Sheikh. Both were part of Zalmi’s line-up in the last edition.
PSL 4 Squad, Teams:
Platinum – Sarfraz Ahmed, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine
Diamond – Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, Shane Watson
Gold – Umar Akmal, Fawad Ahmed, Rilee Rossouw
Silver – Mohammad Asghar, Anwar Ali, Saud Shakil, Danish Aziz, Ahsan Ali
Emerging – Nasim Shah, Ghulam Mudassar
Supplementary – Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Azam Khan, Jalat Khan, Harry Gurney
Platinum – Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Luke Ronchi
Diamond – Asif Ali, Mohammad Sami, Ian Bell
Gold – Samit Patel, Rumman Raees, Philip Salt
Silver – Zafar Gohar, Waqas Maqsood, Hussain Talat, Sahibzada Farhan, Cameron Delport
Emerging – Nasir Nawaz, Musa Khan
Supplementary – Zahir Khan, Amad Butt, Rizwan Hussain, Wayne Parnell
Platinum – Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Keiron Pollard
Diamond – Misbah ul Haq, Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy
Gold – Umer Amin, Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan
Silver – Sohaib Maqsood, Jamal Anwar, Umaid Asif, Khalid Usman, Wayne Madsen
Emerging – Nabi Gul, Sameen Gul
Supplementary – Ibtisam Sheikh, Samiullah, Waqar Salamkheil, Chris Jordan
Platinum – Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Colin Munro
Diamond – Imad Wasim, Usman Khan Shinwari, Colin Ingram
Gold – Mohammad Rizwan, Sikandar Raza, Ravi Bopara
Silver – Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Awais Zia, Aaron Summers, Iftikhar Ahmad
Emerging – Abrar Ahmed, Ali Imran
Supplementary – Jaahid Ali, Aamer Yamin, Ben Dunk, Liam Livingstone
Platinum – Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, AB de Villiers
Diamond – Yasir Shah, Corey Anderson, Carlos Brathwaite
Gold – Rahat Ali, Sandeep Lamichhane, Anton Devcich
Silver – Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Afridi, Hassan Khan, Haris Sohail
Emerging – Umair Maqsood, Mohammad Imran
Supplementary – Aizaz Cheema, Gauhar Ali, Harris Rauf, Brendon Taylor
The Sixth Team:
Platinum – Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Steve Smith
Diamond – Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Joe Denly
Gold – Qais Ahmed, Shan Masood, Nicholas Pooran
Silver – Umar Siddiq, Laurie Evans, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Nauman Ali
Emerging – Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Junaid
Supplementary – Ali Shafiq, Shakeel Ansar, Dan Christian, Tom Moores