The draft for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League is underway at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. The season will be played in 2018 and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has already revealed that his board is committed to holding the finals in Karachi next season.
Coming back to the drafting process, the third season will see the debut of a new franchise in Multan Sultans. Shoaib Malik has been appointed the captain, while former Australian all-rounder and currently the coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad Tom Moody has been roped in as the coach.
The five teams were given the provision to retain nine players from their original squad. However, debutants, Multan were allowed to pick their own set of nine players from the pool of released players.
The purse provided to each time amounts to USD 1.2 million. Platinum category players, which is the highest category of players, will earn between $140,000 and $200,000, Diamond category players have a minimum price of $70,000 whereas the Gold category players have a minimum price of $50,000. The minimum cap for Silver category players and Emerging Category players is set at $22,000 and $10,000 respectively.
Here is how the squads stack up:
Multan Sultans: Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Irfan Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Imran Tahir, Darren Bravo, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Abbas, Nic Pooran, Abdullah Shafiq, Saif Badar.
Supplementary players: Hardus Viljoen, Umar Gul, Umar Sadique, Ross Whiteley
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shakib al Hasan, Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar, Dwayne Bravo, Tamim Iqbal, Hammad Azam, Saad Nasim, Taimoor Sultan, Sameen Gul, Ibtisam Sheikh.
Supplementary players: Andre Fletcher, Evin Lewis, Khalid Usman, Mohammad Arif
Karachi Kings: Shahid Afridi, Usman Khan, Usama Mir, Khurram Manzoor, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Colin Ingram, Mitchell Johnson, Luke Wright, David Wiese, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jnr., Hasan Mohsin.
Supplementary players: Colin Munro, Eoin Morgan, Saifullah Bangash
Lahore Qalandars: Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport, Aamer Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Khan, Chris Lynn, Mustafizur Rahman, Bilal Asif, Raza Hasan, Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ghulam Mudassar.
Supplementary players: Angelo Mathews, Mitchell McClenaghan, Gulraiz Sadar
Islamabad United: Mohammad Sami, Andre Russell, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Samuel Badree, Iftikhar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Asif Ali, JP Duminy, Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Sam Billings, Zafar Gohar, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat
Supplementary players: Alex Hales, David Willey, Mohammad Hasan, Mohammad Hasnain
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed, Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Mahmudullah, Umar Amin, Mir Hamza, Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Rameez Raja jnr, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Hassan Khan
Supplementary players: Jason Roy, Rashid Khan, Azam Khan, Faraz Ahmed Khan