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Rashid Khan, Chris Gayle picks shine in HBL PSL 6 Player Draft

The Player Draft for the sixth edition of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held in Lahore

Rashid Khan, Chris Gayle picks shine in HBL PSL 6 Player Draft PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Thank you for joining us in our live coverage of the HBL PSL 6 Player Draft. Hope you enjoyed the updates.

And that’s a wrap, the end of the Player Draft. Some interesting decisions were made throughout.

 

 

The final squads for the HBL PSL 6. The teams have chosen their warriors!

📢 FINAL TEAM SQUADS FOR #HBLPSL6 📢#HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/ZDqukQvakC

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) January 10, 2021

 

 

Multan Sultans have opted for Carlos Brathwaite as the final pick of the day.

Carlos Brathwaite is the final pick of the day as the PSL 2021 Draft concludes in Lahore #HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/hc9pEm3UJk

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Lahore Qalandars have opted for Ahmed Danyal as their final supplementary pick.

 

Akif Javed has been chosen by Islamabad United.

 

Quetta Gladiators choose Usman Khan as their final pick in the supplementary round.

 

Peshawar Zalmi have opted for Amir Khan as their final supplementary pick.

 

Multan Sultans pick Imran Khan Sr as their supplementary pick.

 

Karachi Kings have opted for Afghanistan’s Noor Ahmad as their supplementary pick.

 

England’s Joe Denly moves to the Lahore Qalandars franchise.

Lahore Qalandars add some depth to their batting by picking England's Joe Denly #HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/Ve4Jhpcy5s

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

England's Chris Jordan has been picked by Islamabad United in the supplementary round.

 

England’s all-rounder Ravi Bopara has been picked by Peshawar Zalmi.

 

Dale Steyn is the first pick made by Quetta Gladiators in the supplementary round.

 

We now move to the supplementary picks!

 

Arish Ali Khan moves to Quetta Gladiators.

 

Islamabad United pick Saifi Abdullah in the emerging category.

Left-arm spinner Ahmed Safi Abdullah will feature for Islamabad United next season

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— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Multan Sultans pick Mohammad Umer.

 

Mohammad Imran is Peshawar Zalmi’s emerging pick.

 

Zaid Alam is picked by the Lahore Qalandars franchise.

 

Islamabad United have picked Mohammad Wasim Jr in the emerging category.

 

Maaz Khan is picked by the Lahore Qalandars.

 

Karachi Kings pick Qasim Akram in the emerging category.

Young and talented all-rounder Qasim Akram has been drafted in by the Karachi Kings

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— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Abrar Ahmed is picked by Peshawar Zalmi.

 

Multan Sultans pick Shahnawaz Dhani in the emerging category.

Rookie pacer Shahnawaz Dhani is picked by Multan, keep an eye on him during PSL 6#PSLDRAFT pic.twitter.com/onQqzMGNgo

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Saim Ayub gets picked by Quetta Gladiators in the emerging category.

 

Mohammad Irfan moves to Peshawar Zalmi.

Lanky pacer Mohammad Irfan will play for Peshawar Zalmi#HBLPSL6 #PSLDraft pic.twitter.com/Xb1wJ8CEIH

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Adam Lyth joins Multan Sultans in the Silver round.

 

Zeeshan Malik moves to Karachi Kings.

Opener Zeeshan Malik impressed one and all with his batting in the National T20 Cup for Northern

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— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Sohaib Ullah moves to Multan Sultans.

 

Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan: “The way Hassan Ali has come back from injury and has been bowling, he was the best and right choice for us as our opening pick."

 

Peshawar Zalmi pick Mohammad Imran in the Silver round.

 

Mohammad Faizan goes to the Lahore Qalandars franchise in the Silver round.

 

Salman Ali Agha is picked by Lahore Qalandars.

 

Karachi Kings pick fast-bowler Mohammad Ilyas.

.@aliktareen's favorite Ilyas joins Karachi Kings #PSLDraft pic.twitter.com/CDVqdaXl9a

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Abdul Nasir moves to Quetta Gladiators.

 

All-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed moves to Islamabad United.

Youngster Iftikhar Ahmed joins Islamabad United

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— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Batsman Sohaib Maqsood moves to Multan Sultans.

 

Imamul Haq makes his way back to Peshawar Zalmi in the Silver round.

Talented opener, sometimes also a wicketkeeper, Imamul Haq is drafted in by Peshawar Zalmi#HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/ziJTTQksAm

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Qais Ahmed goes to Quetta Gladiators.

Young Afghanistan spinner Qais Ahmad is picked up by Quetta

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— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

England’s fast-bowler Saqib Mahmood goes to Peshawar Zalmi.

 

Islamabad United have opted for Reece Topley.

 

Multan Sultans have opted for Mohammad Rizwan in the silver category.

Pakistan's first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan will represent Multan Sultans this season

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— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Left-handed all-rounder Danish Aziz moves to Karachi Kings.

One of the top performers of National T20 Cup joins Karachi Kings#HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/k93gCW5YCh

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Lahore Qalandars have picked Zeeshan Ashraf in the Silver category.

 

Tom Abell goes to the Lahore Qalandars franchise as their Silver pick.

Lahore Qalandars pick England's Tom Abell#HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/ooyar49Cxq

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Pakistan's captain Babar Azam: “It's the local players who win you tournaments like the PSL. The overseas guys are important and can win you some matches, but the local talent is the key.”

 

Rohail Nazir goes to Islamabad United in the Silver round.

 

The Iron Man Umaid Asif moves back to Peshawar Zalmi in the Silver round.

'Iron Man' Umaid Asif moves to Zalmi from the Kings

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— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Pacer Sohail Khan is picked by Multan Sultans in the Silver round.

 

Cameron Delport moves to Quetta Gladiators in the Silver round.

Quetta strengthen their batting department by signing Delport #HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/23rrzr7g13

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Karachi Kings pick England’s Joe Clarke as their first pick in the Silver round.  

 

The Silver round gets underway. Karachi Kings are up first.

 

England's Phil Salt makes his way to Islamabad United as the last Gold pick.

 

Karachi Kings choose West Indies' Chadwick Walton as their pick in the Gold round.

 

Quetta Gladiators pick fast-bowler Usman Shinwari as their Gold pick.

Pakistan pacer Usman Shinwari snapped up by Quetta!#HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/T1z4U1pa6s

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Peshawar Zalmi pick all-rounder Amad Butt as their Gold round pick.

 

England’s Samit Patel stays with Lahore Qalandars as their first Gold pick.

 

Next in line is the Gold round. Lahore Qalandars have the first pick.

 

Lewis Gregory moves to Islamabad United in the Diamond round.

 

Peshawar Zalmi pick West Indies’ Sherfane Rutherford as their last Diamond round pick.

 

Karachi Kings pick Australia's Dan Christian as their last Diamond round pick.

 

Another player from Afghanistan, Mujeebur Rahman is picked by Peshawar Zalmi in the Diamond round.

 

Karachi Kings choose Afghanistan's all-rounder Mohammad Nabi as their first pick in the Diamond category.

 

We now move to the Diamond category. Karachi Kings are up first 🔥

 

Quetta Gladiators choose England's Tom Banton as their second platinum pick.

 

Quetta Gladiators choose the universe boss Chris Gayle as their platinum pick.

Gayle-storm heads to Quetta! #HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/24mjjAeRdB

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Peshawar Zalmi have opted for South Africa's David Miller as their platinum pick.

Expect some sixes from Miller for Zalmi! #HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/c7NKQtlknG

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

A massive move. Lahore Qalandars pick Afghanistan's Rashid Khan as their platinum pick.

Spin wizard Rashid Khan is picked up by Lahore Qalandars

Follow live blog here: https://t.co/d6hpTlfTry#HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/vIU5eytxrs

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

Multan Sultans have opted for Australia's power-hitter Chris Lynn in the platinum category.

Chris Lynn heads to Multan Sultans! #HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/J1n1vf4nIw

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

A wild card pick to start. Islamabad United pick fast-bowler Hasan Ali in the platinum category 😍

As expected Hasan Ali has been picked by Islamabad United as their first platinum pick 💥

Follow live blog here: https://t.co/d6hpTlfTry#HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/7hvHJxhc6j

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

With the formalities out of the way, the Player Draft begins!

 

Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani: “HBL PSL is a source of national pride. This brand is owned by all of us in Pakistan. The franchise owners are the most important stakeholders in this venture. Our biggest stakeholders are our fans. The passion with which they support the tournament is what has driven us to the success we have achieved so far. We will definitely try to get fans, if the government allows, for some matches.”

 

Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan: “A warm welcome to all our guests today. The HBL PSL unites the country. People have a passion for their teams. We are sure it will be a fantastic draft.”

 

Lahore Qalandars’ CEO Atif Naeem Rana is upbeat about his team's chances in the upcoming season of the PSL.

"We have retained some excellent players and hopefully we can form a good team after today's draft. We will surprise everyone by winning the trophy this year," @lahoreqalandars CEO @atifnaeemrana #HBLPSLDraft #PSL6 pic.twitter.com/Kqiepj5kDe

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

 

Hasan Ali was the player of the tournament in the recently concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Islamabad United Captain Shadab Khan:

"Hasan Ali is in great form which is why we want to pick him and strengthen our side."#HBLPSLDraft pic.twitter.com/31p4v2NuMr

— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) January 10, 2021

 

 

Some of the biggest foreign names in the 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.

Player retention/release/trade update:

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 – Ahmer 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).

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. 

 

Hello and welcome to the Pakistan Super League 2021 Player Draft as all the franchises look to form the best possible combination ahead of the sixth season.