PSL Draft 2018 – List of Players

PSL 2018 Draft Date & Time – October 2017

psl draft 2016 dateThe third edition of the Pakistan Super League is set to be a grand affair with many more foreign cricketers showing their interest in the league. Last year 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. This year will be no different and Geo Super TV channel is set to broadcast the PSL draft live.

The retention and trading window for the 2018 Pakistan Super League opened on July 12 and teams were given an option of retaining up to 10 players in the team. Teams are now allowed to sign up new players directly. All new players must enter the players draft to get picked.

So the five teams from the previous two seasons were allowed to retain two players each from the Platinum, Diamond and Gold category, three from the silver category and 1 from the Emerging category to make it 10 retained players at the maximum.

The sixth and the newest side in the competition, the Multan Sultans will be allowed to pick 10 players from each of the five categories in the pre-draft. What this means is that they will only have the right to those players which the first five teams do not retain in their squads.

While this could make it tougher for the side from Multan, it looks like a fair way for the old teams to retain some of their old flavour in the team – a way by which they can build around their brands.

PSL Player Retention

The owners were allowed up to October 5 to pick up the players they wanted to retain and every team retained and traded in a total of nine players apiece. The rest of the players were released by the franchises into the PSL pool, for the new team, Multan Sultan to pick before going into the PSL Draft for the third season.

The sixth side, Multan Sultans, will then be allowed to pick up nine players as well from those released by the other five. More details are awaited on this one.

PSL Squads Before the Draft:

Quetta Gladiators:

Players Retained:
Sarfraz Ahmed, Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Mahmudullah, Umar Amin, Mir Hamza, Asad Shafiq.

Islamabad United:

Players Retained:
Mohammad Sami, Andre Russell, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Samuel Badree, Iftikhar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Asif Ali.

Lahore Qalandars:

Players Retained:
Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport, Aamer Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti

Players Traded:
Sohail Khan in for Mohammad Rizwan who leaves for Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings:

Players Retained:
Usman Khan, Usama Mir, Khurram Manzoor, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir

Players Traded:
Mohammad Rizwan in for Sohail Khan who leaves for Lahore Qalandars
Shahid Afridi from Peshawar Zalmi

Peshawar Zalmi:

Players Retained:
Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shakib al Hasan, Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar.

PSL Draft Date

According to latest reports, the PSL Draft for the 2018 season would be held mid October. The earlier plan was to hold in the second week of November but due to the participation of two of the owners in the South African T20 Global League, it could be held in the month of October.

The owners of the Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmis have teams in the South African league.

PSL draft Players List

Lahore Qalandars Released Players: Azhar Ali, Chris Green, Dwayne Bravo, Ghulam Mudassar, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Jason Roy, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar

Islamabad United Released Players: Ben Duckett, Brad Haddin, Dwayne Smith, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Nicholas Pooran, Rafatullah, Saeed Ajmal,Sam Billings, Shane Watson, Sharjeel Khan, Steven Finn, Zohaib Khan

Karachi Kings Released Players: Chris Gayle, Kashif Bhatti, Kieron Pollard,Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Rahat Ali, Ryan McLaren, Shahzaib Hasan, Shoaib Malik

Quetta Gladiators Released Players: Ahmed Shahzad, Anamul Haque, Bismillah Khan, Brad Hodge, Carlos Brathwaite, David Willey, Elton Chigumbura, Luke Wright, Moeen Ali, Mohammad NabiQuetta Gladiators, Morne van Wyk, Nathan McCullum, Noor Wali, Rayad Emrit,Rovman Powell, Saad Nasim, Sean Ervine, Thisara Perera, Tymal Mills, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar

Peshawar Zalmi Released Players: Andre Fletcher, Eoin Morgan, Imran Khan, Junaid Khan, Khushdil Shah, Marlon Samuels, Mohammad Shahzad, Samit Patel, Shahzad Muhammad, Sohaib Maqsood, Tamim Iqbal,Tillakaratne Dilshan, Umair Masood

New players expected to play in PSL 3

    • Angelo Mathews
    • Evin Lewis
    • Quinton de Kock
    • Mitchell Johnson
    • Michael Clarke
    • Michael Hussey
    • Chris Lynn
    • JP Duminy
    • Imran Tahir
    • Rashid Khan
    • Tharanga
    • Wayne Parnell

What happened in the PSL 2017 Draft?

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 2018 edition here.

Pakistan Super League Draft Results

Watch this space for live PSL Draft results updates.

PSL Draft Live Stream Online

The PSL governing council has made the decision to raise players’ salaries by 10 percent across all categories as well.

What do you think of this new PSL Draft? And who do you think will be retained by their teams and which players will be released? Let us know in the comments below.

453 comments… add one
  • Ahmed Oct 12, 2017, 9:07 am


  • Anonymous Oct 12, 2017, 9:06 am


  • Arshid bhullar Oct 12, 2017, 6:25 am

    p Zalmi

  • ubaid farooq Oct 12, 2017, 6:18 am

    zalmi will win! Darren sami is the best

  • Joyo G-M Oct 12, 2017, 5:57 am

    Karachi king best team

  • Tancredo ahmed Oct 12, 2017, 2:43 am

    I love Islamabad

  • Qais mehmood Oct 11, 2017, 7:12 pm

    Khuda ka khouf karo yaar sami aslam shan masood Multan ko pehly hi dara do

  • Qais mehmood Oct 11, 2017, 7:09 pm

    Shoiab malik is best good luck Multan sultan.with sialkoti captain

  • Yaseen tanveer Oct 11, 2017, 3:13 pm

    Sami Aslam and shan manhood joins multan sultan

  • Yaseen tanveer Oct 11, 2017, 3:09 pm

    Maxwell and David Miller joined Lahore Qalandar

    • Romeo's Oct 11, 2017, 6:25 pm

      Kab join kiya

  • Sabir Oct 11, 2017, 2:09 pm

    Karachi jeete ga because my best and worlds best player Shahid khan Afridi is there

  • MUHAMMAD UMER Oct 11, 2017, 6:25 am

    oye multan walo ABDUL RAZZAQ ko na miss karna koi nai hay us jessa abi bi pakistan current players main

  • Ali abbas Oct 11, 2017, 5:59 am

    I want ahmed shahzad captain of multan sultan

    • zohaib raza Oct 11, 2017, 2:01 pm

      i agree with u

    • Naveed Ahmed Oct 11, 2017, 3:00 pm

      Ahmad Shahzad Drama player , He should be in Hum TV Team for upcoming drama

    • Yaseen tanveer Oct 11, 2017, 3:10 pm

      Hahaha Kiya

  • HMA Muzamil Oct 10, 2017, 5:58 pm

    Qoitta ya karachi

  • Mudassar Oct 10, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Geo zalmi iam sport in peshawar zalmi

  • Arslan Sandhu Oct 10, 2017, 1:03 pm

    Multan Sultan inshallah win psl 3

  • Mudassar Oct 10, 2017, 6:24 am

    MS WIN because my best players are in MS Imran nazir and Abdour razzak

  • Ayaz ahmad Oct 10, 2017, 6:12 am

    Dosto as bar hoga kaha pakstan men ya dubi men

  • Ajeeb Oct 10, 2017, 1:38 am

    Shoaib Malik Had Hitar

  • Ubaid Katpar Oct 10, 2017, 1:37 am

    Shoaib Malik Multan Best Choise

  • ASif toni Oct 9, 2017, 1:16 pm

    Chris Gayle ko captain bnana chahiye he is brilliant batsman

  • Nawaz k Oct 9, 2017, 6:21 am

    MS WIN BECAUSE MY Favourite player shoib malik captain hai

  • M Asif Angra Oct 8, 2017, 6:40 pm

    Islamabad United

  • M Asif Angra Oct 8, 2017, 6:40 pm


  • waheed ahmed Oct 8, 2017, 12:27 pm

    Multan sultan new chanpian

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