The drafts for Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) third edition are going to take place on November 12th, i.e today, at Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) headquarter in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. A total of 501 foreign and local cricketers will be available for selection. Multan Sultans, the sixth team in the PSL, will be taking part in the drafts for the first time.
Teams have already retained nine players each and will go into the HBL PSL Player Draft 2017 to pick one Platinum, one Diamond, one Gold, two Silver and two Emerging players each in order to complete their squads of 16. Teams may also pick up to four players in the Supplementary rounds.
Each team will have a salary cap of $ 1.2 million for a squad of 20 players.
Top names such as Chris Lynn, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Carlos Brathwaite, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Jimmy Neesham, Angelo Mathews, Mustafizur Rahman, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mitchell Johnson, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Adil Rashid, Wayne Parnell, Thisara Perera and Colin Ingram will be up for selection at the Draft.
Promising cricketers from the Pakistan U-19 set-up and top performers of the recently concluded U-19 Pentangular Cup have been added to the Emerging roster.
The players up for selection at this year’s HBL PSL Player Draft are divided into five primary categories including Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging.
Each team will go into the drafts with a squad of nine players. It will include one round in Platinum, Diamond and Gold categories each. This will be followed by two rounds each in Silver and Emerging. Teams will have the option to pick up to four players each in the Supplementary category.
The default pick order will see Lahore Qalandars going first followed by Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans. This may be altered as a result of trades.
Meanwhile, Karachi Kings have opted to skip their first pick in the Emerging Round, they will nominate a player after the conclusion of their talent hunt program. Teams will have a purse of $1.2 million each to pick a squad of 20 players.
Starting this year, teams may also nominate Talent Hunt Discovery picks. These nominations comprise of players unearthed during talent hunt programs who do not qualify as Emerging players.
HBL Pakistan Super League returns to action in February 2018.