Authorities didn’t include middle-order batsman in any category due to ongoing match-fixing investigation
28 September, 2018
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Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal’s future in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season four remains undecided as the authorities finalise the players list for the draft.
PSL season four draft is just around the corner and the committee featuring members of national selection committee Wasim Haider and Wajahat Ullah Wasti and PSL Head of Players Execution Imran Ahmed Khan finalised list of players for the draft in Lahore on Thursday.
Umer — who was in Platinum category during the third edition — was not picked in any category of for the upcoming season’s draft due to an ongoing investigation against him in the International Cricket Council (ICC) following his comments that he was approached by fixers, the Daily Express reported.
However, Lahore Qalandars suggested the committee to place the right-handed batsman in the Gold category while other franchises members suggested Platinum category for the 28-year-old, the source added.
Sarfraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Misbahul Haq, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal were placed in Platinum category as refereed by their respective franchises.
Meanwhile, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Usman Shinwari, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Nawaz were named in Diamond category.
The Gold category will consist of Bilal Asif, Sohail Khan, Aamir Yamin, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Raza Hasan, Bilawal Bhatti, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Rizwan, Khurram Manzoor, Zulfiqar Babar, Mukhtar Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Abbas, Shan Masood, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asghar, Haris Sohail , Asad Shafiq, Rahat Ali, Umar Amin, Anwar Ali and Hasan Khan.
Sohail Akhtar, Agha Salman, Gulraiz Sadaf, Salman Irshad, Imran Khan (JR.), Ahmed Butt, Zafar Gohar, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Hasan, Waqas Maqsood, Usama Mir, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan (JR.), Saifullah Bangash, Danish Aziz, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Saif Badar, Usman Siddiq, Umaid Asif, Hammad Azam, Saad Nasim, Taimor Sultan, Khalid Usman, Khushdil Shah, Ramiz Raja (JR.), Saad Ali, Mir Hamza, Saud Shakeel and Faraz Ahmed Khan were placed in the Silver category.
The Emerging category includes Mohammad Azam Khan, Mohammad Junaid, Shameen Gul, Ibtisam Shaikh, Mohammad Arif, Abdullah Shafiq, Hasan Mohsin, Mohammad Taha, Rohail Nazir, Mushtaq Ahmed Kalhoro, Mohammad Hussain and Ghulam Mudasir.