PSL 2017 Draft Date & Time – Wednesday 19th October at 4:00 PM PST
The second edition of the Pakistan Super League is set to be a grand affair with seven big name foreign cricketers confirming their participation in the league. Geo Super TV channel will broadcast the PSL draft live at 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Pakistan time or 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm UAE Time. This will take place at The Dome, Dubai Sports City.
In what can easily be termed big news, former Sri Lankan captain and talisman player Kumar Sangakkara has been appointed by Karachi Kings as their mentor and captain. Babar Azam and Chris Gayle are the two other players who have been picked up by the Kings for this edition of the competition.
The Kings have also retained Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Sohail Khan, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Amir, Saifullah Bangash and Shahzeb Hassan from the previous season for the second edition of the PSL.
Anton Devcich, Wayne Parnell, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Steve Finn, James Anderson and Stuart Broad will go into the player draft for the second edition of the PSL after Brendon McCullum and Eoin Morgan were inducted into the drafting process earlier on.
Pakistan Super League chairman Nizam Sethi has also confirmed that preparations for the second edition of the competition were done and that the final will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The drafting process however, will be conducted in Dubai this October. The player salary cap has been raised be 9%.
PSL officials have confirmed that the team which finished at the bottom of the standings in the inaugural edition Lahore Qalandars will have the first 20 picks. They will be followed by the team which came in fourth, third and second before defending champions Islamabad United make their own picks.
England skipper Morgan had confirmed his participation around the same time in which former New Zealand skipper McCullum had given his assent to being involved in PSL 2.
The Three Lions top three fast bowlers will also be in action with Anderson, Broad and Finn also set to be involved now. Moeen Ali, who has his roots in Pakistan, will be glad to be involved in the action as well.
New Zealand’s Devcich will join McCullum in the draft alongside Parnell of South Africa. All the overseas stars who will be involved in the PSL 2 draft process have considerable pedigree, especially in T20 cricket and they will definitely help raise the standard of cricket in the tournament.
Faisal Mirza, the head of player recruitment for the PSL, is also believed to be in talks with former Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson over the latter’s likely participation in PSL 2.
Also added to the PSL Draft is Salman Butt who returns to cricket after having been suspended for spot-fixing and it remains to be seen if he will get picked by any team during the Draft.
There are others who were already a part of the previous edition of the Pakistan Super League but have been traded between teams. These players won’t be a part of the draft. You can find all the latest
PSL Draft List of Players
The complete PSL draft 2017 list of over 414 players going under the hammer is placed below;
PLATINUM (28 players)
DIAMOND (33 players)
GOLD (74 players)
SILVER (255 players)
EMERGING (24 players)
Saif Badar, Ahmed Safi, Danish Aziz, Fahim Ashraf, Ghulam Mudassar, Hassan Khan, Hasan Mohsin, Hasan Raza, Hayatullah, Hussain Talat, Imran Butt, Irfan Liaqat, Irfanullah Shah, Karamat Ali, Ahmed Bashir, Noor Wali, Sameen Gul, Saud Shakeel, Shadab Khan, Umair Masood, Usman Liaqat, Usman Shanwari, Zeeshan Malik, M. Qaiser Ashraf
The PSL governing council has made the decision to raise players’ salaries by 10 percent across all categories as well.
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