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.
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:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Ghulam Mudassir||Abrar Ahmed||Hasan Ali||Hassaan Khan||Amad Butt|
|Usman Qadir||Abdul Hameed||Mohammad Asghar||Noor Ali||Hussain Talat|
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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