A total of 25 Pakistani players were part of the T20 Global League Draft that was held on August 27th in South Africa.
More than 400 players had registered themselves for the Global League T20 Draft despite the obvious clash of the competition with the Bangladesh Premier League. And 25 of these cricketers, including stalwarts Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi had put their names in the Draft list.
Some of the other big-ticket Pakistani players include top-order batsman Ahmed Shehzad, Champions Trophy final man-of-the-match Fakhr Zaman, former ODI captain Azhar Ali, all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, fast bowlers Umar Gul and Junaid Khan, and some suggest there’s Salman Butt in the line-up as well.
Butt was earlier banned from cricket for his involvement in spot-fixing but has now returned to feature in domestic cricket.
Pakistan Players in T20 Global League 2017
- Durban Qalandars picked Fakhar Zaman (for US$ 65,000) and Mohammed Hafeez (for US$ 75,000).
- Benoni Zalmi picked Wahab Riaz (US$ 115,000), Umar Akmal (for US$ 100,000) and Mohammad Nawaz (for US$ 65,000).
- Stellenbosch Monarchs picked Imad Wasim.
- Nelson Mandela Bay Stars picked Anwar Ali and Junaid Khan.
- Joburg Giants picked Yasir Shah.
Here’s the list of Pakistani cricketers who were in the T20 Global League Draft:
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Abbas, Sami Aslam,Misbah-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal and Yasir Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Rizwan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Nawaz, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Salman Butt, Sohail Khan, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam
The Global T20 League has also revealed that Durban Qalandars, a sister team of the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League, will get the first right to pick up a player in the Draft. The remaining seven teams will then follow accordingly.
The first ever edition of the T20 Global League will be held from November 3rd to December 16 and that implies it will clash in parts with the Bangladesh Premier League. Players who don’t selected through this Draft might want to sign up with the Bangladesh Premier League teams for this season.