Lahore to host PSL 2017 final as teams pick final squads

Published: October 19, 2016
Graphic: Nabeel Ahmed

Graphic: Nabeel Ahmed

Graphic: Nabeel Ahmed GRAPHIC: NABEEL AHMED

KARACHI: The draft for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 kicked-off with teams finalising their 16-man squads on Wednesday in Dubai.

The highlight of the draft was the announcements from former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi that he is stepping down from Peshawar Zalmi captaincy to make way for World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy to take over.

Further, he announced Pakistan batting veteran Younus Khan as the mentor/batting consultant of Peshawar.

Franchises retained a lot of players this year but PSL chairman Najam Sethi was hopeful that this would change as the tournament matures.

Chairman of the executive committee also announced the final of the PSL 2017 will take place in Lahore as they have included this clause in the contract of the players, especially the foreign ones.

McCullum replaces Azhar as Lahore Qalandars’ captain

PSL chairman Najam Sethi: This PSL edition will be bigger than the last one and we will organise its final in Lahore. The rationale behind PSL was to tell the world that we can oragnise such a big event. The franchises have also helped us a lot. This is a team effort and not one individual’s hard work.

Former T20I captain Shahid Afridi: I have two announcements. Batting veteran Younus Khan will be batting coach and mentor of Peshawar Zalmi. Darren Sammy will be the new captain of the team.


Here is the complete list of players who were picked in the draft by the five PSL franchises:

Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum Platinum
Brendon McCullum Chris Gayle Shahid Afridi Kevin Pietersen Misbahul Haq
Sunil Narine Kieron Pollard Eoin Morgan Sarfraz Ahmed Shane Watson
Umar Akmal Shoaib Malik  Wahab Riaz Ahmed Shehzad Andre Russell
Diamond Diamond Diamond Diamond Diamond
Sohail Tanvir Mohammad Amir Shakibal Hasan Carlos Brathwaite Sharjeel Khan
Dwayne Bravo Ravi Bopara Darren Sammy Luke Wright Mohammad Irfan
 Yasir Shah Kumar Sangakkara Mohammad Hafeez Anwar Ali Samuel Badree
Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold
Anton Devcich Imad Wasim Chris Jordan Tymal Mills Mohammad Sami
Mohammad Rizwan Babar Azam Tamim Iqbal Umar Gul Khalid Latif
Cameron Delport Ryan McLaren Kamran Akmal Zulfiqar Babar Brad Haddin
Silver Silver Silver Silver Silver
Azhar Ali Sohail Khan Sohaib Maqsood Mohammad Nawaz Sam Billings
Aamer Yamin Shahzaib Hasan Junaid Khan Mohammad Nabi Saeed Ajmal
Zafar Gohar Saifullah Bangash Imran Khan Jr Asad Shafiq Asif Ali
Fakhar Zaman Khurram Manzoor Iftikhar Ahmed Saad Nasim Rumman Raees
Bilawal Bhatti Kashif Bhatti Haris Sohail Umer Amin Imran Khalid
Emerging Emerging Emerging Emerging Emerging
Ghulam Mudassir Abrar Ahmed Hasan Ali Hassaan Khan Amad Butt
Usman Qadir Abdul Hameed Mohammad Asghar Noor Ali Hussain Talat

Supplementary picks

Lahore Qalandars: Grant Elliot, Shaun Tait, Saif Badar, Mohammad Irfan (Jr)

Islamabad United: Dwayne Smith, Ben Duckett, Shadab Khan, Zohaib Khan

Peshawar Zalmi: Alex Hales, Mohammad Shahzad, Irfan Khan, Khushdil Shah

Quetta Gladiators: David Willey, Rovman Powell, Bismillah Khan, Mir Hamza

Karachi Kings: Mahela Jayawardene, Usama Mir, Rahat Ali, Amad Alam

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Reader Comments (12)

  • haroon
    Oct 19, 2016 - 1:32PM

    Good luck PSLRecommend

  • ABC
    Oct 19, 2016 - 3:36PM

    If Islamabad select Misbah again, then we will win again Insha Allah Recommend

  • A Razzaq
    Oct 19, 2016 - 7:08PM

    Good luck Islamabad and good luck Misbah.”United we win”Recommend

  • Mohammad Ayaz
    Oct 19, 2016 - 8:43PM

    This time Peshawar will win Inshallah. best of luck lalaRecommend

  • Gilgiti
    Oct 19, 2016 - 9:50PM

    Why there is no team for Gilgit Baltistan. Instead of Islamabad United, PSL should name it Gilgit Lions.Recommend

  • Hammad warraich
    Oct 19, 2016 - 11:20PM

    Where is butt & AsifRecommend

  • Muhammad Yousuf
    Oct 19, 2016 - 11:38PM

    This is time Salman is very sensible and I think the team is very strong and will win InshallahRecommend

  • Pakistan Needs a Batman
    Oct 20, 2016 - 12:17AM

    @ Gilgiti,
    Wait a couple years, mate! Northern Areas will be the 6th team.Recommend

  • z.ali siddique
    Oct 20, 2016 - 8:56AM

    6th team should be gilgit baltistan,,,,,Recommend

  • ABC
    Oct 20, 2016 - 9:24AM


    Are you serious? You want to drop federal province name for your selfish reasons?Recommend

  • umer
    Oct 20, 2016 - 3:05PM

    Good plyr Lahore qalandrRecommend

  • Sharif ahmad
    Jan 27, 2017 - 7:59PM

    Peshawar zalmi will win psl second season inshaallah.Recommend

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