The PSL 2021 Player Draft Thread (January 10)

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World’s top two T20I bowlers and No.1 ranked all-rounder up for grabs in Sunday’s HBL PSL 2021 Player Draft

• Some of the other foreign stars in the Draft include Banton, Brathwaite, Bravo, Gayle, Lamichhane, Lynn, Miller, Morkel and Steyn

• Over 400 foreign stars from 20 cricket playing countries have registered for the Draft


Lahore, 9 January 2021:

Chris Gayle will be one of the major potential picks when the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 Player Draft takes place at the High Performance Centre on Sunday afternoon. The event proper will be staged in Karachi and Lahore from 20 February to 22 March.

Gayle, 41, has previously represented Lahore Qalandars (2016) and Karachi Kings (2017), and boasts one of the most remarkable and outstanding T20 careers – 411 matches, 13,584 runs, top score 175 not out, strike-rate 146.72, 22 centuries, 85 half-centuries, 1001 sixes and 80 wickets at an economy-rate of 7.64.

If Gayle succeeds in attracting the franchises with his stardom that backs his impressive T20 career, this will be the first time since 2006 that he will play competitive cricket in Pakistan. The Jamaican’s stints with Qalandars and Kings were in the United Arab Emirates.

Since the second half of 2019, all cricket has been played in Pakistan with the first-ever HBL Pakistan Super League taking place from start to finish in 2020. The international sides to tour during this period include Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, while South Africa are due in Karachi next week. Also scheduled to visit Pakistan in 2021 are New Zealand, England (men’s and women’s) and the West Indies.

Gayle, a two-time ICC Men’s T20 World Cup winner, is one of over 400 foreign players from 20 cricket playing countries* who have expressed their availability and interest in one of the most competitive and high-quality leagues in the world.

England’s No.1 ranked Dawid Malan is also in the Draft, along with compatriots Moeen Ali, Tom Banton and Chris Jordan, although their availability is likely to remain limited due to their international commitments.

Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rehman of Afghanistan, world’s top two ranked bowlers, and number-one ranked all-rounder, Mohammad Nabi, will also be one of the major attractions of the Draft. They are among a strong field of 38 Afghanistan players, who have registered for the Draft.

South Africa’s duo of David Miller and Morne Morkel have also entered the Draft and will be hoping to be picked by one of the franchises so that they can also make their debuts in the event. Dale Steyn is the other leading South Africa cricketer who is available in the Draft.

Some of the biggest foreign names in the HBL PSL 2021 Player Draft are:

Afghanistan – Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Rashid Khan

Australia - Chris Green, Fawad Ahmed, Dan Christian, James Faulkner and Chris Lynn

Bangladesh - Anamul Haque, Mahedi Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed

England - Jake Ball, Moeen Ali, Tom Banton, Ravi Bopara, Joe Denly , Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett and Phil Salt

Ireland - Andy Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Kevin O'Brien, Paul Stirling and Gary Wilson

Netherlands – Roelof van der Merwe

Nepal – Sandeep Lamichhane

New Zealand - Anton Devcich and Mitch McCleneghan

South Africa - Kyle Abbott, Cameron Delport, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Tabraiz Shamsi and Dale Steyn

Sri Lanka – Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Avishka Fernando, Dimuth Karunarathna, Suranga Lakmal, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan, Upul Tharanga and Lahiru Thirimanne

West Indies - Ronsford Beaton, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Shane Dowrich, Dominic Drakes, Andre Fletcher, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Jason Mohammed, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith and Chadwick Walton

Zimbabwe - Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Blessing Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams

Players retained/released/traded:

Islamabad United (retained) – Alex Hales (Platinum; traded from Karachi Kings); Asif Ali (gold); Colin Munro (diamond); Faheem Ashraf (diamond); Hussain Talat (gold, brand ambassador); Musa Khan (silver, successful relegation request); Shadab Khan (platinum); Zafar Gohar (silver, successful relegation request)

Released – Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Akif Javed, Amad Butt, Dale Steyn, Luke Ronchi (unavailable due to coaching duties in New Zealand), Phil Salt, Rassie van der Dussen, Rizwan Hussain, Rumman Raees and Saif Badar

Karachi Kings (retained) - Amir Yamin (gold); Arshad Iqbal (emerging); Babar Azam (platinum); Colin Ingram (platinum, traded from Islamabad United); Imad Wasim (diamond, successful relation request); Mohammad Amir (platinum); Sharjeel Khan gold) and Waqas Maqsood (silver, brand ambassador)

Released – Ali Khan, Awais Zia, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Chris Jordan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mitchell McCleneghan, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Umer Khan and Usama Mir

Lahore Qalandars (retained) - Ben Dunk (gold); David Wiese (diamond); Dilbar Hussain (gold); Fakhar Zaman (diamond, brand ambassador); Haris Rauf (diamond); Mohammad Hafeez; Shaheen Shah Afridi (both platinum) and Sohail Akhtar (silver, successful relegation request)

Released – Abid Ali, Agha Salman, Chris Lynn, Dane Vilas, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Salman Butt, Salman Irshad, Samit Patel, Seekkuge Prasanna and Usman Shinwari

Multan Sultans (retained) - Shahid Afridi (platinum), Imran Tahir (diamond, mentor); James Vince (gold); Khushdil Shah (diamond); Rilee Rossouw (platinum); Shan Masood (gold, successful relegation request); Sohail Tanvir (Diamond, brand ambassador); Usman Qadir (gold)

Released – Ali Shafiq, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Fabian Allen, Junaid Khan, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara, Rohail Nazir, Wayne Madsen and Zeeshan Ashraf

Peshawar Zalmi (retained) - Haider Ali (gold); Kamran Akmal (diamond, successful relegation request); Liam Livingstone (gold); Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz (both platinum)

Released – Aamir Ali, Adil Amin, Amir Khan, Carlos Brathwaite, Hammad Azam, Hassan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Lewis Gregory, Liam Dawson (unavailable), Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Sikandar Raza, Tom Banton, Umar Amin and Yasir Shah

Quetta Gladiators (retained) - Anwar Ali (silver, successful relegation request); Azam Khan (gold); Ben Cutting (diamond); Mohammad Hasnain (diamond); Mohammad Nawaz (diamond); Naseem Shah (gold); Sarfaraz Ahmed (platinum) and Zahid Mahmood (silver, brand ambassador)

Released – Aarish Ali Khan, Abdul Nasir, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Fawad Ahmad, Jason Roy (unavailable), Keemo Paul, Khurram Manzoor, Omair bin Yousuf, Shane Watson (retired), Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills (unavailable) and Umar Akmal (suspended).

*Players represent the following countries:

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Oman, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, United States, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

How the Player Draft works:

• Pick order (for first round only):

1. Islamabad United
2. Multan Sultan
3. Lahore Qalandars
4. Peshawar Zalmi
5. Quetta Gladiators
6. Karachi Kings

• The pick order for the remaining rounds was determined by way of a specially-designed statistical tool

• The Draft consists of 16 regular rounds with two supplementary rounds where teams can make discretionary picks

• The first three rounds are Platinum category rounds and teams must pick at least one local and one foreign player in the Platinum category. Next three rounds are Diamond category where teams must pick at least one local and one foreign player. Diamond category is followed by three rounds in Gold to complete the first nine picks for each team

• Teams must pick at least three foreign players in the first nine picks.

• In addition, there are five Silver and two Emerging category rounds to complete a roster of 16 players

• Each team can pick up to two additional players in the Supplementary round. All supplementary players shall be considered active members of the squad

• Each side must have a minimum squad of 16 players and can have a maximum squad of 18 players as per the following combination – three platinum, three diamond, three gold, five silver, two emerging and two supplementary (optional)

• The 16-player squad must include five foreign and 11 local players; while the 18-player squad can include six foreign and 12 local players or five foreign and 13 local players

• The playing XI must include a minimum of three foreign players and can include a maximum of four foreign players

• Each team has one wildcard pick this year that allows them to pick a player from Silver category and above in any category between Gold and Platinum.

FINAL SQUADS:

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Kyle Abbott, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas and Kusal Perera are the must only haves of the Foreign GOLD category.
 
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Chris Lynn
David Miller
Morne Morkel
Evin Lewis
Rassie vd Dussen

seem like the best picks from Platinum.
 
So now that Karachi have traded Ingram with IU for Hales how many platinum foreign players is each side in the tournament allowed?
 
So now that Karachi have traded Ingram with IU for Hales how many platinum foreign players is each side in the tournament allowed?

IU - 1
PZ - 1
MS - 1
QG - 2
LQ - 1

Some of the platinum players (if they have consented) can be demoted to diamond if they are not picked in Platinum.
 
IU can pick Hassan Ali in Platinum with wild card if they are interested as they have the first pick.
 
Diamond slots remaining

IU - 1
KK - 2
PZ - 2
 
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Pretty poor silver category pool of foreign players.
Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman and Rohail Nazir would be amazing silver category picks.

Hasaranga, Devcich, Dwayne Smith, Laurie Evans, Kyle Abbott, Kusal Perera and Delport would be very good gold picks in foreign category.

Expecting Gayle to be picked up this year.
Morne Morkel and Steyn would be great additions to any team.

David Miller, Dwayne Bravo could well be the hot picks in Platinum while Hasan Ali in the Diamond.

Quite hilarious to see Wahab Riaz in Platinum.
 
Pretty poor silver category pool of foreign players.
Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman and Rohail Nazir would be amazing silver category picks.

Hasaranga, Devcich, Dwayne Smith, Laurie Evans, Kyle Abbott, Kusal Perera and Delport would be very good gold picks in foreign category.

Expecting Gayle to be picked up this year.
Morne Morkel and Steyn would be great additions to any team.

David Miller, Dwayne Bravo could well be the hot picks in Platinum while Hasan Ali in the Diamond.

Quite hilarious to see Wahab Riaz in Platinum.
How about Hamish Bennett in gold
 
Pretty poor silver category pool of foreign players.
Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman and Rohail Nazir would be amazing silver category picks.

Hasaranga, Devcich, Dwayne Smith, Laurie Evans, Kyle Abbott, Kusal Perera and Delport would be very good gold picks in foreign category.

Expecting Gayle to be picked up this year.
Morne Morkel and Steyn would be great additions to any team.

David Miller, Dwayne Bravo could well be the hot picks in Platinum while Hasan Ali in the Diamond.

Quite hilarious to see Wahab Riaz in Platinum.

Have you seen Dwayne Smith? He looks worse than Samit Patel with his pot belly. And he is waaay past his prime.

Devcich is considered a great player in NZ's domestic T20 tournament but hasn't been successful in PSL.

Wahab is a PSL legend. Shouldn't be a surprise to see him or Kami in Platinum. Though Kami has been demoted to diamond so they can retain both players.
 
IU - 1
PZ - 1
MS - 1
QG - 2
LQ - 1

Some of the platinum players (if they have consented) can be demoted to diamond if they are not picked in Platinum.

That's good. This means atleast 6 of the platinum players are getting picked. And likely there will be more that will demote to Diamond.
 
Pretty average draft list if I do say so. Not many international stars, but there are some good names.

Firstly, I'm concerned about the availability of the Afghan players in this edition of the PSL, they have international series if I'm not mistaken. If those series are cancelled, the likes of Mujeeb, Nabi, and Rashid are must-haves for most teams.

Sheldon Cottrell is another under-rated pick in my opinion, some teams should definitely look into him.

Apart from that, it seems like it'll be pretty much the same compared with PSL V, hopefully teams don't fizzle out at the start so that we can enjoy competitive cricket.
 
Pretty average draft list if I do say so. Not many international stars, but there are some good names.

Firstly, I'm concerned about the availability of the Afghan players in this edition of the PSL, they have international series if I'm not mistaken. If those series are cancelled, the likes of Mujeeb, Nabi, and Rashid are must-haves for most teams.

Sheldon Cottrell is another under-rated pick in my opinion, some teams should definitely look into him.

Apart from that, it seems like it'll be pretty much the same compared with PSL V, hopefully teams don't fizzle out at the start so that we can enjoy competitive cricket.

This is the best we can expect based on international tours and many top players not playing any league besides IPL.

Cottrell is overrated. And he will not do much in a league like PSL full of fast-bowlers.
 
I know most people probably scrolled through the Silver foreign category (not that I blame them) but Brandon King is an absolute steal in that category. He is only foreign player worth buying from Silver and much more talented than any of the Dwyane Smiths. Can provide some real fire-power at the top of the order.
 
This is the best we can expect based on international tours and many top players not playing any league besides IPL.

Cottrell is overrated. And he will not do much in a league like PSL full of fast-bowlers.

True. I want to see the likes of Azam Khan, Danish Aziz, Iftikhar Ahmed get chances to show if they can take over the finishing role. If Azam Khan does that, he can actually take over the keeper slot as well. That gives us another slot open on the team. He's gonna be the guy I look forward to seeing. If he can average around 35 odd with a SR of 140+, he should be good for the national team.
 
IU - 1
PZ - 1
MS - 1
QG - 2
LQ - 1

Some of the platinum players (if they have consented) can be demoted to diamond if they are not picked in Platinum.

So platinum players who are unpicked can drop down? Confirmed? Same rule for other categories?
 
Every team should have
1 left handed and 1 right handed local opener
1 left arm and 1 right arm local fast bowler (145+)
1 left arm and 1 right arm local seamer
1 left arm and 1 right arm local swing bowler (swings in the air not off the pitch)
1 right arm local legspinner
1 local Right arm Offspinner
1 local left arm Orthodox
1 left arm local chinaman bowler
2 local middle order batsman
2 local Power hitters
1 batting and 1 bowling local all-rounder (fast bowling all-rounder)
1 batting and 1 bowling local all-rounder (spin bowling all-rounder)
 
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So platinum players who are unpicked can drop down? Confirmed? Same rule for other categories?

Yes but its dependent upon players consent which give before the drafts/auction. For example Braithwate might be fine if he doesnt gets selected in Platinum to move down in the category to diamond but maybe Miller on the other hand wont want to and wont be part of the PSL if its not as platinum player.
 
Interesting day ahead - hope the power outage wont have an effect on this.
 
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Someone else made this, but I thought I’d post it here for anyone interested.

I predict Islamabad to take Hassan Ali with their first pick, Multan to follow that up with Tom Banton and Lahore takes Gayle.
 
IU will probably pick a WK upfront so Rizwan is expected to be their first pick. PZ will go for Chris Jordan. Sultans will probably pick Hasan Ali. While Gladiators will look to get Lynn or Gayle and Qalandars will like to pick Malan or Miller. Kings may pick Iftikhar or Morkel.


Looking forward to see who picks these players;

Iftikhar Ahmad
Ammad Butt
Zeeshan Malik
Saif Badar
Daniyal Aziz
Huraira
Akif Javed
Amir Khan (Teenage Left Arm Pacer who was in Zalmi squad last year)
 
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IU - 1
PZ - 1
MS - 1
QG - 2
LQ - 1

Some of the platinum players (if they have consented) can be demoted to diamond if they are not picked in Platinum.

How do we/the franchises know which platinum players have consented to be demoted?
 
How do we/the franchises know which platinum players have consented to be demoted?

I think they must be informed before the draft and also during the draft after the platinum round that which players are available in diamond category.
 
So looks like Wahab will be the captain of PZ as he is the one setting with Head coach and owner unless they are thinking of drafting someone in and making him the captain.
 
So Hassan Ali comes to IU as platinum. Good pick as they needed an experienced local pacer.
 
Multan Sultan s picked Chris Lynn, much needed pick as they needed firepower in their batting...:)
 
Lahore qalander s fanbase will increase, they have picked Rashid Khan,very handy pick...:)
 
Miller goes to Peshawar Zalmi WOW my favourite lefty...:)
 
Seems like Moin Khan's wife is there too as an advisor? :)
 
Gayle wont mind the pitches in Pakistan.
 
Banton for Quetta, but he won't be available for much of the tournamernt.
 
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