Younis remains unpicked as PSL draft ends

Former Twenty20 captain Younis Khan remained ‘unsold’ as the Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft concluded on Tuesday with Abdul Razzaq and Saeed Ajmal the most notable last-minute inclusions.

It is noteworthy that Pakistan’s only T20 world cup 2009 title came under the leadership of Younis Khan and the former skipper also showed his desire to play in PSL.  His omission is likely to create another storm just weeks after the prolific batsman ended his ODI career amid much drama at the start of the England series.

PSLVeteran all-rounder Razzaq and spin wizard Ajmal were, however, picked by Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United, respectively, at the very end of the draft process as franchises opted for younger talent in the initial rounds.

On Monday, Pakistan’s T20 skipper Shahid Afridi became the first pick of the PSL after Peshawar Zalmi signed up the flamboyant all-rounder to play for its franchise.

With 308 cricketers on board, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) kicked off players’ drafting for ‘Platinum’, ‘Diamond’ and ‘Gold’ categories yesterday while players belonging to the ‘Silver’ and ‘Emerging’ categories were inducted into the league’s five franchises today.

Islamabad United

Islamabad United

  • Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Andre Russell (West Indies, Platinum)
  • Shane Watson (Australia, Platinum)
  • Samuel Badree (West Indies, Diamond)
  • Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Brad Haddin (Australia, Diamond)
  • Sharjeel Khan (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Mohammad Sami (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Khalid Latif (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Babar Azam (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Imran Khalid (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Kamran Ghulam (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Umar Amin (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Sam Billings (England, Silver)
  • Ruman Raees (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Amad Butt (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Ashar Zaidi (England, Supplementary)
  • Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan, Supplementary)
  • Hussain Talat (Pakistan, Supplementary)
  • Umar Siddiq (Pakistan, Supplementary)

Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings

  • Shoaib Malik (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh, Platinum)
  • Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Immad Wasim (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Ravi Bopara (England, Diamond)
  • Lendl Simmons (West Indies, Diamond)
  • Mohammad Amir (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Bilawal Bhatti (Pakistan, Gold)
  • James Vince (England, Gold)
  • Iftikhar Ahmed (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Nauman Anwar (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Mushfiqur Rahim (Bangladesh, Silver)
  • Usama Mir (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Sohail Khan (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Mir Hamza (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Saifullah Bangash (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka, Supplementary)
  • Shahzaib Hasan (Pakistan, Supplementary)
  • Fawad Alam (Pakistan, Supplementary)

Lahore Qalandars

Lahore Qalandars

  • Chris Gayle (West Indies, Platinum)
  • Umar Akmal (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Dwayne Bravo (West Indies, Platinum)
  • Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Yasir Shah (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Sohaib Maqsood (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh, Gold)
  • Kevon Cooper (West Indies, Gold)
  • Cameron Delport (South Africa, Gold)
  • Zafar Gohar (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Hammad Azam (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Zia-ul-Haq (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Zohaib Khan (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Azhar Ali (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Naved Yasin (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Adnan Rasool (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan, Supplementary)
  • Mukhtar Ahmed (Pakistan, Supplementary)
  • Ehsan Adil (Pakistan, Supplementary)
  • Imran Butt (Pakistan, Supplementary)

Peshawar Zalmi

  • Shahid Afridi (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Wahab Riaz (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Darren Sammy (West Indies, Platinum)
  • Kamran Akmal (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Chris Jordan (England, Diamond)
  • Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh, Gold)
  • Junaid Khan (Pakistan, Gold)
  • James Allenby (Australia, Gold)
  • Aamir Yamin (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Dawid Malan (England, Silver)
  • Imran Khan Jr. (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Shahid Yousuf (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Abdur Rehman (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Musaddiq Ahmed Ali (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Hasan Ali (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Mohammad Asghar (Pakistan, Supplementary)
  • Brad Hodge (Australia, Supplementary)
  • Israrullah (Pakistan, Supplementary)
  • Taj Wali (Pakistan, Supplementary)

Quetta Gladiators

Quetta Gladiators

  • Kevin Pietersen (England, Platinum)
  • Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan, Platinum)
  • Anwar Ali (Pakistan, Diamond)
  • Jason Holder (West Indies, Diamond)
  • Luke Wright (England, Diamond)
  • Zulfiqar Babar (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Umar Gul (Pakistan, Gold)
  • Elton Chigumbura (Zimbabwe, Gold)
  • Bilal Asif (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Asad Shafiq (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Saad Nasim (Pakistan, Silver)
  • Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan, Silver)
  • Akbar-ur-Rehman (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Bismillah Khan (Pakistan, Emerging)
  • Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka, Supplementary)
  • Aizaz Cheema (Pakistan, Supplementary)
  • Ramiz Raja Jr. (Pakistan, Supplementary)

The PSL player list includes 137 Pakistani and 171 foreign players. The short-listed players have been divided into five categories:

  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Emerging

Each team will be required to pick three players per category from each of the top three categories (Platinum, Diamond and Gold).

While drafting of two emerging players will be mandatory, a team will also be able to pick up to five players from the ‘Silver’ category in order to complete the squad.

Each team will have a minimum of four foreign players in the playing 11. The inaugural edition of the PSL is scheduled to take place from Feb 4-23, 2016 in Dubai and Sharjah.

Muhammad Irfan

The writer is assistant editor at Lahore Dispatch. He writes on Technology, education and Sports. You can find him on Google+

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