LAHORE: The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is holding the drafting of players for the third edition of the domestic T20 league.
The Lahore Qalandars, Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi and first-time entrant, Multan Sultans, are selecting players.
Having already retained nine players each, the teams are set to pick one Platinum, Diamond, and Gold, two Silver and two Emerging players each in order to complete their squads of 16.
Teams may also pick up to four players in the Supplementary rounds.
Each team will have a salary cap of $1.2 million for a squad of 20 players.
Being the first to pick a Platinum player, Lahore Qalandars chose Australian Chris Lynn.
The Islamabad United picked South Africa’s JP Duminy while the Karachi Kings took South African, Colin Ingram.
Quetta Gladiators picked Australian Shane Watson in the platinum category.
Peshawar Zalmi’s Platinum pick was West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo while the Multan Sultans selected South African Imran Tahir.
Islamabad United picked New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi in the Diamond category.
Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rehman was picked by the Lahore Qalandars while Tamim Iqbal by the Peshawar Zalmi.
Karachi Kings have picked Australian Mitchell Johnson, who was relegated from the Platinum to the Diamond category.
Carlos Brathwaite of West Indies picked by Quetta Gladiators while Multan Sultans pick Darren Bravo.
Karachi Kings picked England’s Luke Wright in the Gold category whereas Islamabad United selected Fahim Ashraf.
Peshawar Zalmi’s chose Hammad Azam and Quetta Gladiators went for Rahat Ali as its gold pick.
Bilal Asif was Lahore Qalandars’ choice for the category.
The Lahore Qalandars picked Raza Hassan, whereas Islamabad United chose Sam Billings.
Peshawar Zalmi opted for Saad Nasim and Quetta Gladiators picked Ramiz Raja Junior.
Karachi Kings selected David Wiese and Multan Sultans went for Mohammad Abbas.
Lahore Qalandars picked Sohail Akhtar in the second round, and Islamabad United opted for Zafar Gohar.
Peshawar Zalmi selected Taimoor Sultan, while Quetta Gladiators opted for Saad Ali.
Karachi Kings’s pick for the second round was Tabish Khan and Multan Sultans chose Nicolas Pooran.
Lahore Qalandars picked Shaheen Shah Afridi in the first round, while Islamabad United opted for Sahibzada Farhan.
Karachi Kings chose Mohammad Irfan Junior as its first emerging pick; he was previously with Lahore Qalandars.
Quetta Gladiators picked Saud Shakeel as its first pick in the emerging category, while Peshawar Zalmi went for Sameen Gul.
Multan Sultans picked Abdullah Shafiq in the first round of the category.
Lahore Qalandars retained Ghulam Mudassar in the second round of the category and Islamabad United followed suit to retained Hussain Talat.
Karachi Kings opted for Hassan Mohsin and Quetta Gladiators retained Hasaan Khan.
Peshawar Zalmi picked Ibtisam Sheikh, while Multan Sultans selected Saif Badar.
Lahore Qalandars’ first supplementary pick was Sri Lanka’s Angelo Matthews, while Islamabad United’s selected England’s, Alex Hales.
Karachi Kings opted for New Zealand’s Colin Munro as its first supplementary pick, and Jason Roy was chosen by Quetta Gladiators.
Peshawar Zalmi opted for West Indian Andre Fletcher as its first supplementary pick, and Hardus Viljoen was Multan Sultans’ choice.
Lahore Qalandars’ picked New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan as its second supplementary pick, and Evin Lewis was selected by Peshawar Zalmi.
Karachi Kings opted for Eoin Morgan of England, while Quetta Gladiators chose Rashid Khan.
Islamabad United picked David Willey as its second supplementary player and Umar Gul was Multan Sultans’ choice.
Lahore’s final pick, Gulraiz Sadaf, completed the 19-player squad.
‘Will bring cricket home’
As the ceremony was underway in Lahore, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi congratulated Multan Sultans for becoming the sixth team in the PSL.
Sethi said it is a matter of pride that the drafting of the third PSL edition is taking place today.
“This is the league that will bring cricket back home,” said Sethi, adding that the lineup of players this time around is better than ever before.
The PCB chief also said that they are trying their best that PSL matches are also held in Karachi this year, along with Lahore and the UAE.