PSL draft: Azhar drafted by Lahore as Ajmal, Razzaq enter Supplementary list

Published: December 22, 2015


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) kicked off the second day of drafting for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore’s National Cricket Academy on Tuesday.

Today, all teams will look to pick a minimum of seven players; five from silver category and two from emerging players category.

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The most surprising non-selection of day one and two was when Pakistan World T20 winning captain Younus Khan was not selected by any team.

Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali was able to get a position in Lahore after being drafted from Silver category. He was initially drafted in the Diamond category.

Meanwhile, Asad Shafiq was Quetta’s second pick from the Silver category of players.

Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan’s ace off-spinner before being banned for an illegal bowling action, could only make it into the Islamabad squad as a Supplementary player. Fawad Alam, the left-hand run-machine, was also drafted as a Supplementary player by Karachi Kings.

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Abdul Razzaq, once the most reliable all-rounder in the Pakistan team, also made it into the Supplementary list for Lahore, with opening batsman Mukhtar Ahmed and right-arm medium pacer Ehsan Adil.

Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi was picked by Peshawar Zalmi. Karachi Kings bagged Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik. Islamabad United brought Shane Watson in as their iconic player. Quetta Gladiators chose Kevin Pietersen while Lahore Qalandars were left with the choice of Chris Gayle as their iconic player.

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The draft ceremony ends!

The Karachi Kings!

Lahore select 19-year-old right-hand batsman Imran Butt as their last Supplementary player.

The 22-year-old left-hand batsman Umar Siddiq is Islamabad’s last pick as a Supplementary player.

Peshawar Zalmi pick 25-year-old left-hand batsman Israrullah as their third Supplementary player. They have the first pick in the fourth round and they select left-arm pacer Taj Wali as their last Supplementary player.

Islamabad bring in Hussain Talat from Lahore in their team. He is a left-handed batsman and is only 19-years-old.

So Quetta pick Ramiz Raja, the junior one, as their third Supplementary players and they have exhausted their budget of $1.1 million as well.

Lahore pick Ehsan Adil as their third Supplementary player.

Karachi have selected Shahzeb Hasan as their second Supplementary player. Karachi have the first go in the next round and they have picked up Fawad Alam.


Peshawar pick Brad Hodge as their second Supplementary player.


Islamabad pick Pakistan off-spin magician Saeed Ajmal as their Supplementary player.


Aizaz Cheema has been picked by Quetta as Supplementary player.

Lahore have pick Pakistani opener Mukhtar Ahmed as their supplementary player.

Islamabad bring in the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League’s man of the tournament Ashar Zaidi.

Karachi go next… Its Tilakaratne Dilshan. Seems more like a Platinum category selection and not a Supplementary round pick.


Lahore Qalandars now… and they have picked Pakistan veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in the Supplementary round.


Peshawar Zalmi add Muhammad Asghar to their final 16-man squad. He has taken 40 wickets in nine matches in first-class cricket in Pakistan.

So the first pick in the Supplementary round will be done by Quetta. And finally someone picked Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara. But he has been picked as a supplementary player.

Analysts and consultants of five PSL teams

Lahore with the last selection from the Emerging players category… The 34-year-old Adnan Rasool completes the 16-man squad. He is an off-break bowler with 150 wickets from 44 first-class matches.

Quetta select a wicketkeeper-batsman Bismillah Khan to complete their 16-man line-up. He has 2235 runs from 49 first-class matches at an average of 27.93. He has two centuries and 14 half-tons to his name as well. In T20s, he has scored four fifties in 32 matches.

Peshawar Zalmi are next… The 21-year-old Hassan Ali completes the team as the second player from the Emerging category. He is a right-arm medium fast-bowler. He has 92 wickets from 20 first-class matches, quite impressive!

The 20-year-old Saifullah Bangash, the wicketkeeper-batsman from Karachi has been picked by his home team.

Islamabad is up next… Amad Butt is the second player for them from the Emerging category. The first 16-man team is complete!

Naveed Yasin has been picked by Lahore as their first Emerging category player.

Quetta Gladiators pick Akbarur Rahman as their first player from the Emerging category. He is an all-rounder; right-hand batsman and right-hand medium pacer.

Peshawar have picked Musadiq Ahmed Ali. He has played for Peshawar Panthers in the Pakistan domestic circuit.

Karachi Kings have selected left-arm medium pacer Mir Hamza as their first player from the Emerging category. He has 143 wickets in 31 first-class matches. His T20 record states nine wickets in only eight matches.

Islamabad United get the first pick and they have picked Ruman Raees as their first player from the Emerging category. The left-arm medium fast-bowler has 113 wickets in 38 first-class matches. In T20s, he has 42 wickets in 36 matches.

That was a really long short-break by the PSL people. However, it is going to start soon, now!

That was the last player to be selected from the Silver category. The draft will start after a short break to select players from the Emerging category. Stay tuned!

Islamabad get to pick their last player from the Silver category now. Who is it going to be? Sam Billings it is.

Karachi Kings pick right-arm quickie Sohail Khan as their last pick from the Silver category.

Lahore have selected Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali as their last pick from the Silver category. He was initially drafted in the Diamond category. He has been drafted after being demoted twice. Bad luck for the Pakistan ODI leader of  the pack.

Peshawar pick Pakistani left-arm spinner Abdur Rahman.

Last round of players selection from Silver category and Quetta start with Afghan all-rounder Muhammad Nabi.

Karachi has picked Sialkot leg-spinner Usama Mir. He is a young 19-year-old kid with 15 wickets in 15 T20s.

Peshawar have picked a Sialkot-born batsman Shahid Yousuf. He has an impressive first-class record; 5791 runs in 125 matches. In T20s, he has scored 1276 runs in 73 matches.

Islamabad United pick Umar Amin. Finally someone has picked the man who was once touted as the next Pakistan skipper.

Saad Nasim to Quetta. A good pick!

Fourth round of picking from the Silver category starts. Lahore have selected Zohaib Khan. He is a veteran of Pakistan’s domestic scene.

Peshawar Zalmi pick Imran Khan Jr. The dibbly dobbly bowler who has amaze the batsman with his extra-slow deliveries.

Islamabad have picked Kamran Gulam in the third round. He plays for Abbottabad and has bagged 15 wicket in 11 Twenty20s. He has scored 118 runs in 11 T20s at an average of 23.60.

Quetta pick Muhammad Nawaz who belong to Rawalpindi. He is an average pick. He has scored 1257 runs in 24 matches while he has bagged eight wickets from 25 matches. He recently represented Pakistan A against England Lions.

Lahore have selected Ziaul Haq as their third pick from the Silver category. He has 127 wickets in 37 first-class matches.

Karachi Kings select Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim as their third pick from the Silver category.

Quetta select Asad Shafiq. That is one surprising selection as he is considered a Test specialist. But good luck to Quetta!

Lahore selected Hammad Azam. He is an all round player with good batting, bowling and fielding skills.

Karachi’s turn now… Nauman Anwar it is. He has an average of 37 in 12 T20 outings for Sialkot. He has represented Pakistan in only one T20 against Zimbabwe.

Islamabad pick Imran Khalid. He is a quality bowling all-rounder. A great pick indeed. He has 181 wickets in 55 first-class matches.

Peshawar Zalmi get the first pick in round two of players selection from the Silver category. Its is Dawid Malan.  He is a left-hand batsman who played against Pakistan A in the recently concluded series against England Lions.

Lahore with the last pick in round one from the Silver category… Zafar Gohar it is. A left-arm spinner. Team focusing on spin as it will help a lot in the UAE.

Quetta with the fourth pick of the day and it Bilal Asif, the off-spinner who was touted to replace Saeed Ajmal at the helm.

Peshawar Zalmi is up next… Aamer Yamin, the fast-bowling all-rounder it is. He is the only Pakistani to pick a wicket on the first ball on his debut.

Karachi Kings with the second pick of the day from the Silver Category. They have a long list of all-rounders. They will be going for specialists today. Spinner and batsman Iftikhar Ahmed from Peshawar.

Islamabad with the first pick of the day from the Silver category? Any guesses? Right-hand middle order batsman Babar Azam it is. Islamabad has a long list of good bowlers. They needed a batsman and they have got a good one.

Afridi be like, What! we didn’t pick Amir yesterday?


Islamabad United coach Dean Jones is excited for the last day of the drafting process.

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Imad Wasim, the young Pakistan all-rounder is excited to feature in Karachi Kings outfit.

Islamabad United have already named Misbah as their captain for the inaugural PSL tournament.

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Reader Comments (12)

    Dec 22, 2015 - 12:03PM

    Great effort and work by Najam Sethi and his team.

    Najam Sethi has proved he is a good administrator and his opponents should shut up now.Recommend

  • Owais
    Dec 22, 2015 - 12:45PM

    Where are Sanga and Mahela?Recommend

  • Zain
    Dec 22, 2015 - 12:51PM

    No one selected Abdul Razzaq?Recommend

  • WALI
    Dec 22, 2015 - 1:02PM

    Younus Khan should be part of this process. IT would be a shame if he is not selected in the draft by any of them teams.Recommend

  • farhan
    Dec 22, 2015 - 1:27PM

    You forget Azhar Ali in Lahore teamRecommend

  • Waseem Tahir
    Dec 22, 2015 - 1:54PM

    One interesting observation. No team has looked for specialized wicketkeepers. And the WKs selected are superstars(who may or may not play). Only Lahore has left with some options.Recommend

  • RizqCasper
    Dec 22, 2015 - 1:58PM

    they will be playing Master League.. so they will not be available for half of tournamentRecommend

  • shehryar bukhari
    Dec 22, 2015 - 2:57PM

    Why is that
    If you’re a team owner ,would you include him for a t20 match(by investing millions) ???? Recommend

  • naveed
    Dec 22, 2015 - 3:36PM

    Where is Imran Nazir in Drafting procesRecommend

  • shahed khan bd
    Dec 23, 2015 - 9:33PM

    Psl will be ipl standard if they include Ian bell,stephen parry,jimmy anderson,james franklin,shaun tait,grant eillot. They all are in draft list.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jan 2, 2016 - 11:37PM

    Abdul Razzaq should be the automatic pick. Recommend

  • Feb 5, 2016 - 5:35PM

    Mukhtar ahmad belongs to which team in pls plzzz reflyRecommend

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