With the Pakistan Super League Player Draft to be held in the month of October, the buzz from online sources is that the Quetta Gladiators might look to offload Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad from their team.
The Gladiators will join the other teams to hold on to just five players in their squads in the lead-up to the PSL Draft that will be held in mid-to-late October. The PSL Draft dates are yet to be released.
With a sixth team, Multan Sultans, joining the first five as a part of the PSL’s expansion plans, teams will be allowed to retain a few players while Sultans will get the first right to pick a few before going into the Draft.
Shehzad, who had a decent outing for Pakistan in the three T20 Internationals they played against the World XI, could be one of the few notable players that might get cut from the Gladiators squad. He had scores of 39, 43 and 89 in those three games.
Having finished runner-up on successive occasions – losing to Islamabad United in the first season and Peshawar Zalmi in the second – the Gladiators will now look to build a team under Sarfaraz Ahmed that goes on to win a title. And very clearly, they deem Shehzad as a surplus to the team’s chances.
Some of the other players under the scanner could be their overseas players like Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Anamul Haque, Sean Ervine, Elton Chigumbura and Morne van Wyk.
According to Scoreline Asia, Umar Gul, Luke Wright, Saad Nasim, Nathan McCullum and Thisara Perera have all been released from the squad.
Recently, Vivian Richards, the West Indian legend was given the lifetime member of the squad status.
The third PSL Draft will be held in the second half of October 2017, while the tournament itself will begin in February 2018.