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Afridi, Smith, De Villiers steal limelight in PSL 2018 draft

All six franchises completed their rosters during the player draft in Islamabad

PHOTO: AFP

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft was held in Islamabad today ahead of the fourth edition in 2019. All franchises were keen on making the most out of this opportunity by assembling the best possible squads.

Former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers joined Lahore Qalandars with the first pick of the day while Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will also be part of the squad in the 2019 edition of the league. 

The Sixth Team stole the limelight by picking up former Australia captain Steve Smith and former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi during the draft. 

Quetta Gladiators' top pick of the day was West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo while Karachi Kings have brought back fast-bowler Sohail Khan in the side after the pacer's soliatry season with Lahore Qalandars. 

Peshwar Zalmi roped in former Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq while also aquring the services of fierce West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard. 

Defending champions Islamabad United beefed up their squad with the inclusion of former England middle-order batsman Ian Bell. 

COMPLETE SQUADS

Islamabad United 

Presenting the squad of defending champions, @IsbUnited.#PSLDraft2018 pic.twitter.com/jdlIEdvmQ3

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

Peshawar Zalmi 

Former champions, @PeshawarZalmi have picked these T20 stars for the fourth season. #PSLDraft2018 pic.twitter.com/i7EjkxWWX5

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

Karachi Kings  

Here are the Kings of @KarachiKingsARY who will be in action in the fourth season.#PSLDraft2018 pic.twitter.com/tOzMP1EdRj

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

Quetta Gladiators  

Gladiators are ready with thier #purpleforce, who is your favourite from the @TeamQuetta squad.#PSLDraft2018 pic.twitter.com/yQ34No3dId

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

Lahore Qalandars  

The #DamaDamMast squad of @lahoreqalandars for the fourth season.#PSLDraft2018 pic.twitter.com/lzzwF3HCVR

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

The Sixth Team 

Line up of the Sixth Team for the #HBLPSL 2019!#PSLDraft2018 pic.twitter.com/tec5OEnpuC

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

 

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That was a fasinating experience and we hope you enjoyed our coverage. Until next time, goodbye!  

THE FINAL PICK OF THE DAY COMES FROM ISLAMABAD UNITED WITH RIZWAN HUSSAIN

SAMIULLAH JOINS PESHAWAR ZALMI

KARACHI KINGS PICK JAAHID ALI

QUETTA GLADIATORS PICK JALAT KHAN

THE SIXTH TEAM HAS PICKED UP SHAKEEL ANSAR 

LAHORE QALANDARS PICK UP YOUNG PACE SENSATION HARIS RAUF 

You will know a bit about him here

Third round of supplemenatry category is completed. Fourth and final round next!

ISLAMABAD UNITED PICK AMAD BUTT

PESHAWAR ZALMI RETAIN FAITH IN IBTISAM SHEIKH

LIAM LIVINGSTONE WILL JOIN KARACHI KINGS 

QUETTA GLADIATORS PICK AZAM KHAN

THE SIXTH TEAM BRING IN ALI SHAFIQ 

PAKISTAN PACER AIZAZ CHEEMA JOINS LAHORE QALANDARS 

He has been performing reall well in the domestic cirucit in the past two seasons.

Uh oh..

First Chris Gayle was failed in PSL , Second Baz failed and now they are going to ruin ABD’s career in PSL 😂
Just a joke.#PSLDraft2018

— Ihtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) November 20, 2018

Second round of supplemenatry category is completed. Round three next!

ZAHIR KHAN JOINS ISLAMABAD UNITED  

CHRIS JORDAN WILL CONTINUE WITH PESHAWAR ZALMI

Our supplementary picks 1 & 2 include Chris Jordan who is back with us and the sensational Afghanistan leggie Waqar. 🤩👌#YellowStormReturns pic.twitter.com/2UpQqXUAnG

— PeshawarZalmi (@PeshawarZalmi) November 20, 2018

AUSTRALIAN BEN DUNK WILL REPRESENT KARACHI KINGS

AHMED SHEHZAD RETURNS TO QUETTA BUT AS SUPPLEMENTARY PICK

TOM MOORES IS PICKED UP BY THE SIXTH TEAM

GAUHAR ALI WILL REPRESENT LAHORE QALANDARS 

First round of supplemenatry category is completed. Round two next! 

WAYNE PARNELL IS PICKED UP BY ISLAMABAD UNITED

PESHAWAR ZALMI SHOW FAITH IN AFGHANISTAN'S WAQAR SALAMKHEIL

KARACHI KINGS BRING IN ALL-ROUNDER AAMIR YAMIN

He can chip in with effective contributions with both bat and ball.

QUETTA GLADIATORS SIDE WITH ENGLISH PACER HARRY GURNEY 

To those who don't know, should watch him in the upcoming Big Bash League 

THE SIXTH TEAM PICKS AUSTRALIA ALL-ROUNDER DANIEL CHRISTIAN

He can be a valuable addition to the side

LAHORE QALANDARS PICKS ZIMBABWE'S BRENDON TAYLOR

Experienced player who can be called upon whenever required.

Time for supplemenatry round! 

After Emerging category round this is how squads of Gladiators, Zalmi and United look like.
Any guesses who will make it in the supplementary round.#PSLDraft2018 Watch Live: https://t.co/Xxc14yNd96 pic.twitter.com/vDlTGjQnJk

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

Will any team pick him in the supplementary category?

Few years back Ahmed Shehzad was one of the renowned Pakistan batsman but time changes and he is no where near to the top 5 categories. #PSLDraft2018

— Fazeela Saba Sheikh (@saba_fazeela) November 20, 2018

Is that true?

Sixth Team picks Shahid Afridi
Lahore Qalandars fans : pic.twitter.com/iqEGpI4JOO

— Ayesha Qureshi (@ayeshaqureshi26) November 20, 2018

Nice!

ISLU owner @AliNaqvi808 and our #Shikari @ronchi04 presenting the memento to PCB Chairman Mr. Ehsan Mani. #PSLDraft2018 pic.twitter.com/S3jkRmmbkW

— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) November 20, 2018

And with that we reach the conclusion of the emerging category, time for the final round of supplementary category.

NASIR NAWAZ JOINS ISLAMABAD UNITED 

KARACHI KINGS PICK ABRAR AHMED

THE GLADIATORS YOUNG QUICK NASEEM SHAH

Fast bowler Naseem Shah enters the Emerging roster for the #PurpleForce!!

He will add strength to our pace attack!!#PSLDraft #ShaanePakistan pic.twitter.com/Cg1M4VLKSD

— Quetta Gladiators (@TeamQuetta) November 20, 2018

UMAIR MASOOD IS PICKED UP BY LAHORE QALANDARS 

ISLAMABAD UNITED PLACE THEIR FAITH IN PAKISTAN U-19 BOWLER MOHAMMAD MUSA

PESHAWAR ZAMI SIDE WITH NABI GUL

KARACHI KINGS PICK ALI IMRAN

Ali Imran has been picked in the Emerging Category at #PSLDraft2018
We welcome him again to the #KarachiKings family. #DeDhanaDhan #PSL4 #AliImran pic.twitter.com/15klZukJNw

— Karachi Kings (@KarachiKingsARY) November 20, 2018

MEDIUM PACER MOHAMMAD ILYAS JOINS THE SIXTH TEAM ROSTER

QUETTA GLADIATORS PICK LEFT-ARM PACER GULAM MUDASSAR

SNGPL'S MOHAMMAD IMRAN JOINS LAHORE QALANDARS

The silver category is completed, we now move on to emerging player category. 

ALL-ROUNDER IFTIKHAR AHMED WILL WEAR KARACHI'S COLOURS NEXT SEASON

Good oportunity for him to come back in Pakistan reckoning once again. 

PACER SOHAIL KHAN WILL ONCE AGAIN PLAY FOR KARACHI KINGS 

He will add another dimension to Karachi's pace battery.

PESHAWAR ZALMI PICK JAMAL ANWAR

Top order batsman Awais Zia, leg spinner Usama Mir, batting all rounder Iftikhar Ahmed fast bowler Sohail Khan and Speedster Aaron Summers join Karachi Kings as the result of their Silver round picks. #PSLDraft2018 Watch Live: https://t.co/Xxc14yNd96 pic.twitter.com/bbQvydYR32

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

AARON SUMMERS JOINS KARCHI KINGS

KARACHI-BORN AHSAN ALI WILL PLAY FOR QUETTA GLADIATORS 

MULTAN-BORN RIGHT-HANDED BATSMAN SOHAIB MAQSOOD WILL PLAY FOR PESHAWAR ZALMI

He is hard to stop if he starts middling it.

LEG-SPINNER USAMA MIR WILL ONE AGAIN PLAY PLAY FOR KARACHI KINGS

Another fiesty leg-spinner, who has a bright future ahead of him.

IN FORM HARIS SOHAIL WILL REPRESENT LAHORE QALANDARS 

Haris Sohail to join Shaheen Afridi, Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar and Hassan Khan in silver category for Lahore Qalandars. #PSLDraft2018 Watch Live: https://t.co/Xxc14yNd96 pic.twitter.com/kFl5RXxrvR

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

LOCAL TALENT NAUMAN ALI JOINS THE SIXTH TEAM

PAKISTAN YOUNGSTER DANISH AZIZ IS PICKED UP BY QUETTA GLADIATORS 

SOUTH AFRICA'S LEFT-HANDED BATSMAN CAMERON DELPORT WILL PLAY FOR ISLAMABAD UNITED

Delport has loads of experience of playing in T20 league around the globe

Defending champions, Islamabad United have completed their silver category with South African all rounder Camron Dalport.#PSLDraft2018 Watch Live: https://t.co/Xxc14yNd96 pic.twitter.com/2nk9UqPh5V

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

SOUTH AFRICA'S WAYNE MADSEN WILL WEAR PESHAWAR ZALMI'S COLOURS 

KARACHI KINGS TRUST PAKISTAN OPENER AWAIS ZIA WITH THEIR PICK

With Zia in the side, it is for certain that his wagon wheel will have a lot of shots on the leg side.

LEFT-ARM SPINNER MOHAMMAD ASGHAR IS PICKED UP BY QUETTA GLADIATORS 

Quetta can rely on him to get them through the powerplay overs 

ENGLAND BATSMAN LAURI EVANS WILL REPRESENT THE SIXTH TEAM

The gold round is out of the way, silver category next.

PHIL SALT WILL PLAY FOR THE TWO-TIME CHAMPIONS

PESHWAR ZALMI GO WITH PAKISTAN BATSMAN UMAR AMIN WITH THEIR PICK

Stylish left-hander with a point to prove.

NICOLAS POORAN JOINS THE SIXTH TEAM ROSTER 

The Windies batsman has made a name for himself in the T20 power show all around the world.

SAMIT PATEL IS BACK WITH ISLAMABAD UNITED

PESHAWAR ZALMI PICK DAWID MALAN

English batsman Dawid Malan and Pakistan's Test Cap number 200, Umar Amin are the Gold round pick of Peshawar Zalmi.#PSLDraft2018 Watch Live: https://t.co/Xxc14yNd96 pic.twitter.com/h5QTKqVLCH

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

The England middle-order batsman was released by the side, ahead of the draft, but he has been picked by the side once again.

ZIMBABWE'S SIKANDAR RAZA JOINS KARACHI KINGS

LEG-SPINNER FAWAD AHMED GETS THE NOD FROM GLADIATORS

THE SIXTH TEAM GO WITH AFGHANISTAN'S QAIS AHMED 

SANDEEP LAMICHHANE JOINS QALANDARS 

The Nepal spin sensation joins Lahore, exciting. 

Lahore Qalandars have gone for the leg spinner from Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane.#PSLDraft2018 Watch Live: https://t.co/Xxc14yNd96 pic.twitter.com/d1fUxp5CPT

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

The diamond category is done and dusted, time for gold category.

QALANDARS ROPE IN COREY ANDERSON

Lahore now have players with the two fastest centuries in ODI cricket, that should be a confidence booster!

ISLAMABAD UNITED GO WITH IAN BELL

A good Natwest T20 Blast season would have played a role in this decision.

MISBAHUL HAQ HAS BEEN PICKED BY PESHAWAR ZALMI

After three successful seasons with Islamabad United, Misbah will don Zalmi's colours next season.

ENGLAND OPENER JOE DENLY JOINS THE SIXTH TEAM

He played for Karachi Kings last season, I'm sure you remember his catch from previous season.

LAHORE QALANDARS CHOSE CARLOS BRATHWAITE WITH THEIR FIRST PICK IN DIAMOND CATEGORY

Ben Stokes. World T20 2016 and all that..

The platinum category is done, off to Diamond category.

GLADIATORS GO WITH DWAYNE BRAVO!

Quetta relying on experience with this pick.

SHAHID AFRIDI WILL FEATURE FOR THE SIXTH TEAM!

The flamboyant former Pakistan all-rounder will represent his third team in the fourth edition. 

KIERON POLLARD MOVES TO PESHAWAR ZALMI!

The hard-hiting West Indies all-rounder will bring a lot of potency to the Zalmi side.

QALANDARS DECIDED TO BRING IN MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ!

The Pakistan all-rounder will represent the Lahore-based franchise next season after palying the first three editions with Peshawar Zalmi.

THE SIXTH TEAM GO WITH STEVE SMITH!

The Australian is in the limelight one again.

LAHORE QALANDARS PICK AB DE VILLIERS! 

In line with the speculations before the draft, the Qalandars have roped in the South African with their first pick of platinum category. 

Ehsan Mani: "I would like to thank the franchises and title sponsors for their role in making the league a success. I'm grateful to them for showing the world a soft side of Pakistan. Ofcourse none of this would work without the fans as they have been absolutely valuable during this journey but we have to take this to the next level in the upcoming season."

High time, no margin for error

Kings Planning for the Picks before #PSLDraft2018 #KarachiKings #SalmanIqbal #PSL2019 #DeDhanaDhan #WasimAkram @Salman_ARY @wasimakramlive pic.twitter.com/bA38mtW8TW

— Karachi Kings (@KarachiKingsARY) November 20, 2018

Islamabad United's hero, from their title-winning campaign last season, Luke Ronchi is enjoying his time in Islamabad. 

Exciting afternoon ahead for the #PSLDraft2018 with @IsbUnited boys #UnitedWeWin @thePSLt20 https://t.co/VAOZJBdXwf

— Luke Ronchi (@ronchi04) November 20, 2018

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani talks to media ahead of the draft.

Chairman PCB Media Talk at HBL PSL Draft 2018, Islamabad https://t.co/g9NopTiROA

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

 Exciting times! 

Ho Jao Taiyaar Kion Ke It's PSL time!
Catch all the happenings of #PSLDraft2018 from Islamabad live on YouTube on 20th November at 1:30pm (PKT)
Log on to https://t.co/MPED0ZM628 pic.twitter.com/8GQ9ZRWXHZ

— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 20, 2018

Welcome to the Pakistan Super League draft for the fourth edition in 2019!