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PSL 2021 Player Draft guide

Over 400 foreign stars from 20 cricket playing countries have registered for the Draft

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The Pakistan Super League 2021 Player Draft will take place at the High Performance Centre on Sunday, January 10.

Over 400 foreign stars from 20 cricket playing countries have registered for the Draft.

Some of the other foreign stars in the draft include Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sandeep Lamichhane, Chris Lynn, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn.

Here is how the 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.

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