Lahore: The players’ Pakistan Super League PSL 2023 draft will be held in Karachi today, with around 1,000 local and foreign players available to be picked by six franchises for 61 slots.
Five out of six PSL teams had retained eight players, while Peshawar Zalmi retained seven players last month when the retention and transfer windows were closed.
These teams will now complete a squad of 18 — which will have three players each in platinum, diamond, and gold categories, five in silver category, two in emerging and up to two in supplementary categories.
Teams can have up to three foreign players in the first three categories — platinum, diamond, and gold — among them one overseas player is mandatory in platinum and diamond.
In a squad of 16, teams have to pick five overseas players, while in 18, they can have six foreign players.
As many as 517 foreigners and 491 Pakistani players are available for selection tomorrow.
Defending champions Lahore Qalandars will make the first pick in the draft. Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans will have second and third picks.
The fourth and fifth picks will be done by Karachi Kings and Islamabad United, while Peshawar Zalmi will make the sixth pick in the opening round.
Qalandars, who had retained Rashid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi in the platinum category, would pick one more player in the platinum round. All other five franchises will have two picks available in the platinum category.
Qalandars will have one pick in diamond and two in the gold round, and three in the silver category. They can also add one player from the emerging category to their squad of 16 before adding two supplementary players to the squad.
Karachi Kings had retained Mohammad Aamir, Shoaib Malik, and Imad Wasim in the diamond category, and they will not pick any player in this round but they’ll have all three picks available in the gold round.
Multan Sultans have also retained all three diamond players — Shan Masood, Khushdil Shah and Rilee Rossouw — and have retained two players — Tim David and Shahnawaz Dahani — in the gold category.
Sultans have three picks in the first nine rounds and for them, it is also mandatory to pick at least one foreign player in the platinum category. They also have all five silver picks available.
Islamabad have two picks in platinum, one in diamond and none in the gold category. They have three silver rounds picks as well along with two emerging and two supplementary picks available.
As they didn’t retain any foreign players in the top nine slots, they’ll have to pick all their three initial picks to draft overseas players.
Peshawar Zalmi, who earlier today named Babar Azam as their new captain, have two platinum picks available along with one diamond and two gold round picks.
The list of players retained by franchises is as follows PSL.
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan (Platinum). Asif Ali (Brand Ambassador) and Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Diamond). Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali (Gold). Colin Munro and Paul Stirling (Silver).
Karachi Kings: Haider Ali (Platinum). Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik (Diamond). Aamir Yamin, Mir Hamza and Sharjeel Khan (Silver). Qasim Akram (Emerging)
Lahore Qalandars: Rashid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi (Platinum). David Wiese (Diamond). Abdullah Shafique (Gold). Harry Brook and Kamran Ghulam (Silver). Zaman Khan (Emerging). Eighth retention to be announced in due course.
Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan (Platinum). Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw and Shan Masood (Diamond). Shahnawaz Dahani (Brand Ambassador) and Tim David (Gold). Abbas Afridi and Ihsanullah (Emerging).
Peshawar Zalmi: Babar Azam (Platinum). Sherfane Rutherford and Wahab Riaz (Diamond). Mohammad Haris (Gold). Aamir Jamal (Brand Ambassador), Salman Irshad and Tom-Kohler Cadmore (Silver).
Quetta Gladiators: Mohammad Nawaz (Platinum). Iftikhar Ahmed and Jason Roy (Diamond). Mohammad Hasnain and Sarfaraz Ahmed (Gold). Naveen ul Haq, Umar Akmal (Mentor) and Will Smeed (Silver)
Foreign players available Platinum category
Aaron Finch, Adil Rashid, Akeal Hosein, Alex Hales, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Colin De Grandhomme, Coln Ingram, Daniel Christian, Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, David Willey, Dawid Malan, Evin Lewis, Jimmy Neesham, Kieron Pollard, Lungi Ngidi, Martin Guptill, Matthew Wade, Mitchell McClenaghan, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rehman,, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Rovman Powell, Rahkeem Cornwall, Rahmanullah Gurbaz,, Rassie van der Dussen, Reece Topley, Shakib Al Hasan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tom Curran, Tymal Mills and Wanindu Hasaranga De Silva
Foreign players available in Diamond Category
Adam Hose, Adalm Lyth, Andre Fletcher, Andrew Tye, Angelo Mathews, Avishka Fernando, Bas de Leede, Ben Mike, Benjamin Cutting, Bjorn Fortuin, Brandon King, Cameron Delport, Carlos Brathwaite, Chadwick Walton, Charith Asalanka, Craig Overton, Daniel Bell Drummond, Dominic Drakes, Daniel Sams, Daniel Worrall, Dominic Drakes, Dushmantha Chameera, Dwaine Pretorius, Evan Jones, Fabian Allen, Fazalhaq Farooqi, George Dockrell, Gulbadin Naib, Hayden Walsh, Hazratullah Zazai, Imran Tahir, Jacques Snyman, James Bracey, James Fuller, James Vince, Jamie Overton, Janneman Malan, Jason Roy, Johnson Charles, Josh Little, Keemo Paul, Kevin Sinclair, Kieran Powell, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Laurie Evans, Lendl Simmons, Lewis Gregory, Lewis McManus, Liam Dawson, Liam Norwell, Luke Wood, Maheesh Theekshana, Mahmudullah Riyad, Marchant De Lange, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Michael Rippon, Migael Pretorius, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najibullah Zadran, Nkrumah Bonner, Ollie Pope, Olly Stone, Oshane Thomas, Patum Nissanka , Paul Walter, Qais Ahmad, Reeza Hendricks, Rehan Ahmed, Richard Gleeson, Roelof van der Merwe, Roston Chase, Ryan Gibson, Shai Hope, Shane Dadswell, Sherfane Rutherford, Sikandar Raza, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed, Thisara Perera, Thomas Kaber Phillip, Wayne Parnell and Will Jacks