PSL 4 draft ceremony to be held in Islamabad today
ISLAMABAD: Players’ draft for the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft is set to be held at a local hotel in Islamabad on Tuesday (today), ARY News reported.
A total of 663 foreign and local players are part of the Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging rosters of the Pakistan Super League player draft.
Each squad of 16 players comprises three Platinum, three Diamond, three Gold, five Silver and two Emerging players.
All six PSL teams have alreayd finalized their retentions for the upcoming season today.
Last year’s champions Islamabad United retained all three Platinum players in Luke Ronchi, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf.
With Mohammad Hafeez going back into the draft, Peshawar Zalmi opted for the pace duo of Wahab Riaz and Hassan Ali in their Platinum roster.
Zalmi will use their lone Platinum pick at the draft to pick a foreign player. Seasoned wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal moves to Diamond as Player Ambassador.
Karachi Kings retained Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam and Black Caps opening batsman Colin Munro as their Platinum picks with South African all-rounder Colin Ingram moving to Diamond as Player Ambassador.
New signing Sunil Narine, who moved from Lahore Qalandars to Quetta Gladiators as part of a blockbuster trade, joins Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to complete Quetta’s Platinum retentions. Star Australian all-rounder Shane Watson moved to Diamond as Player Mentor.
The Sixth Team’s retentions include star Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik in Platinum and left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan in Diamond as Player Ambassador.
Lahore Qalandars, who have the first pick at this season’s draft, retained opening batsman Fakhar Zaman as their only Platinum player while leg-spinner Yasir Shah was retained in Diamond.
Pakistan Super League will return to action on February 14, 2019.