PSL 2017 Draft was held on Wednesday, October 19 from 5:30 PM PST
The second edition of the Pakistan Super League Draft was a grand affair with many big name foreign cricketers getting picked during the course of five hours that it was held. It took place at The Dome, Dubai Sports City and by the end of it, about a 100 players were either picked afresh or retained from the previous season.
In what can easily be termed big news, former Sri Lankan captain and talisman player Kumar Sangakkara has been appointed by Karachi Kings as their mentor and captain. Babar Azam and Chris Gayle are the two other players who have been picked up by the Kings for this edition of the competition.
The Kings have also retained Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Sohail Khan, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Amir, Saifullah Bangash and Shahzeb Hassan from the previous season for the second edition of the PSL.
Some of the other players who made it to the various squads during this PSL Draft were Anton Devcich, Brendon McCullum and Eoin Morgan along with the likes of Andre Russell, Shane Watson, Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo among others.
Pakistan Super League chairman Nizam Sethi has also confirmed that preparations for the second edition of the competition were done and that the final will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The drafting process however, will be conducted in Dubai this October. The player salary cap has been raised be 9%.
PSL officials had confirmed that the team which finished at the bottom of the standings in the inaugural edition, Lahore Qalandars will have the first picks during each round of the 2016 Draft. They will be followed by the team which came in fourth, third and second before defending champions Islamabad United make their own picks.
England skipper Morgan had confirmed his participation around the same time in which former New Zealand skipper McCullum had given his assent to being involved in PSL 2.
The Three Lions top three fast bowlers Anderson, Broad and Finn were also a part of the PSL Draft but weren’t selected. With England expected to play international cricket around that time and the pitches in UAE not conducive for seam bowling options anyway, it does look like they were never in the reckoning to get selected.
New Zealand’s Devcich will join McCullum in the draft alongside Parnell of South Africa. All the overseas stars who will be involved in the PSL 2 draft process have considerable pedigree, especially in T20 cricket and they will definitely help raise the standard of cricket in the tournament.
Faisal Mirza, the head of player recruitment for the PSL, was also believed to be in talks with former Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson over the latter’s likely participation in PSL 2 but in the end, that did not work out.
Also added to the PSL auction 2017 list of players was Salman Butt who returned to cricket after having been suspended for spot-fixing. However there were no takers for Butt and he will need to get back to performing at the domestic level in Pakistan to earn interest and the trust of franchises.
You can find all the latest PSL Squads for the 2017 edition here.
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The PSL governing council has made the decision to raise players’ salaries by 10 percent across all categories as well.
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