PSL 4 draft complete players list: A player draft for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) that begins from February 14 – was held in Islamabad on Tuesday.
With more than 650 players in the draft, the six franchises were allowed to include up to 20 players in their squads. Each franchise could have three platinum, three diamond, three gold, five silver, two emerging and four supplementary picks.This year, teams were allowed to retain up to 10 players regardless of the categories. The formula for the picks was the same as the last year which was in the reverse order of the previous edition’s standings. So, Lahore Qalandars had first picks in every round followed by The Sixth Team (formerly Multan Sultans). Islamabad United, the champions of the 2018 edition, had the last pick. However, teams had swapped their picks for picks or players during the retention window which concluded last week.
Lahore Qalandars kicked off the player draft by picking up AB de Villiers. They had retained Fakhar Zaman in the platinum category which meant they had two vacant spots in this category. They filled the other spot with Mohammad Hafeez, released by Peshawar Zalmi.
Shoaib Malik, the captain of The Sixth Team, was joined by Shahid Afridi and Steve Smith. Quetta Gladiators decided on Dwayne Bravo. Their other two spots are filled by the retained players – captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Sunil Narine, who they traded with Lahore Qalandars for Hassan Khan.
Peshawar Zalmi had retained pacers Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali in the platinum category. They filled up the final spot with Keiron Pollard.
Both Karachi Kings and Islamabad United did not get a pick as they had retained all three players in this category.
Making most of their advantage, Lahore Qalandars continued to bag big names. Their two picks in the round were Carlos Brathwaite and Corey Anderson. During the retention window, they had kept Yasir Shah in the category. The Sixth Team, having Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan, opted for Joe Denly.
But the development of the round came on Peshawar Zalmi’s turn as they picked former Islamabad United captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who had led his former franchise to two titles. A controversy had emerged on Sunday when Islamabad United released a statement saying that the 44-year-old had backtracked from his agreement with the franchise to join them in a mentor’s capacity as he wanted to remain an active player.
Ian Bell joined Mohammad Sami and Asif Ali in the diamond category at Islamabad United.
Karachi Kings, again, and Quetta Gladiators did not have a pick here as they had all three players from the retention window.
Lahore Qalandars, already having the services of Yasir Shah, picked Sandeep Lamichhane. The 18-year-old legbreak bowler from Nepal was a part of Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
Following the suit (perhaps?), The Sixth Team, whose selection panel was appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board as it currently has no owner, picked up 18-year-old legspinner Qais Ahmed, who hails from Nangarhar, Afghanistan. With Shan Masood already retained in the gold category, they filled the final spot with Nicholas Pooran, who they had released earlier.
Quetta Gladiators bagged Fawad Ahmed, who had found refuge in Australia and turned out for them after escaping Pakistan due to terror threats, and Karachi Kings picked Sikandar Raza. Peshawar Zalmi, the winners of the second edition, picked up Dawid Malan, released earlier, and Umer Amin. Islamabad United also followed the trend of picking up the released players as they picked up Samit Patel. They also took English batsman Philip Salt, who has scored 611 runs in his T20 career at a strike rate of 156.
The major developments from this round were Islamabad United picking Cameron Delport; Mohammad Asghar, part of Peshawar Zalmi, being taken by Quetta Gladiators; former Multan Sultans’ batsman Sohaib Maqsood going to Peshawar Zalmi; Karachi Kings picking up Usama Mir after letting him go during the retention window; and star performer for the eventual winners (Habib Bank Limited) of the Quaid-e-Azam One-Day Cup wicketkeeper-batsman Jamal Anwar taken up by Peshawar Zalmi.
There were some attention-grabbing picks in the supplementary round which provides four picks to the franchises to have backup players. The most prominent being Quetta Gladiators’ decision to pick Ahmed Shehzad – that also in the second of the four picks.
They had let go of him before the previous edition. He was picked up by Multan Sultans but failed to leave a mark. Chris Jordan and young legspinner Ibtisam Sheikh were taken by Peshawar Zalmi. Both were part of Zalmi’s lineup in the previous edition.
Teams: PSL 4 draft complete players list
Platinum – Shadab Khan, Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf
Diamond – Mohammad Sami, Asif Ali, Ian Bell
Gold – Rumman Raees, Samit Patel, Philip Salt
Silver – Hussain Talat, Sahibzada Farhan, Zafar Gohar, Waqas Maqsood, Cameron Delport
Emerging – Musa Khan, Nasir Nawaz
Supplementary – Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Amad Butt, Rizwan Hussain
Platinum – Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Colin Munro
Diamond – Usman Khan Shinwari, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim
Gold – Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Sikandar Raza
Silver – Awais Zia, Aaron Summers, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Iftikhar Ahmad
Emerging – Ali Imran, Abrar Ahmed
Supplementary – Aamer Yamin, Ben Dunk, Liam Livingstone, Jaahid Ali
Platinum – Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Keiron Pollard
Diamond – Darren Sammy, Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq
Gold – Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan, Umer Amin
Silver – Umaid Asif, Khalid Usman, Wayne Madsen, Sohaib Maqsood, Jamal Anwar
Emerging – Sameen Gul, Nabi Gul
Supplementary – Waqar Salamkheil, Chris Jordan, Ibtisam Sheikh, Samiullah
Platinum – Sarfraz Ahmed, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo
Diamond – Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz
Gold – Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Fawad Ahmed
Silver – Anwar Ali, Saud Shakil, Mohammad Asghar, Danish Aziz, Ahsan Ali
Emerging – Ghulam Mudassar, Nasim Shah
Supplementary – Harry Gurney, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Azam Khan, Jalat Khan
The Sixth Team:
Platinum – Shoaib Malik, Steve Smith, Shahid Afridi
Diamond – Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Joe Denly
Gold – Shan Masood, Qais Ahmed, Nicholas Pooran
Silver – Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Umar Siddiq, Laurie Evans, Nauman Ali
Emerging – Mohammad Junaid, Mohammad Ilyas
Supplementary – Dan Christian, Tom Moores, Ali Shafiq, Shakeel Ansar
Platinum – Fakhar Zaman, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Hafeez
Diamond – Yasir Shah, Carlos Brathwaire, Corey Anderson
Gold – Anton Devchich, Rahat Ali, Sandeep Lamichhane
Silver – Shaheen Afridi, Hassan Khan, Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar, Haris Sohail
Emerging – Mohammad Imran, Umair Maqsood
Supplementary – Brendon Taylor, Gauhar Ali, Aizaz Cheema, Harris Rauf