Pakistan Super League draft: the wrap-up

A look at the Australians - and current Big Bash stars - who were picked up in new tournament

Mazher Arshad

23 December 2015, 10:00 AM

Fifty-three more players were picked up by the five teams set to contest the inaugural Pakistan Super League on the second and final day of the draft. 

The remaining available players were picked from Silver, Emerging and Supplementary categories.

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Among that group, eight were from overseas – Dawid Malan, Brad Hodge (Peshawar Zalmi); Mushfiqur Rahim, Tillakaratne Dilshan (Karachi Kings), Sam Billings, Ashar Zaidi (Islamabad United); Mohammad Nabia, Kumar Sangakkara (Quetta Gladiators). 

Lahore Qalandars had completed their quota of five overseas players on day one and didn’t pick any foreigners from the supplementary round.

Both Hodge and Sangakkara are committed to play the Masters Champions League which ends on February 13, however, if their teams don’t reach the semi-final stage then they can join their PSL teams as early as February 7. 

Hodge is currently captaining Adelaide Strikers in the KFC Big Bash League, with Sangakkara representing Hobart Hurricanes.

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Tillakaratne Dilshan, signed by Karachi, will also be available after February 14 once Sri Lanka’s tour of India ends.

The teams each had a US$115,000 purse to sign four players from the supplementary round and take their respective squads to 20 players. As Karachi and Quetta both went for the marquee players – Sangakkara and Dilshan – they ran out of money before their fourth picks.

The idea behind supplementary round was to give teams cover for the injuries or unavailability of players in the future, however teams can still call up their foreign supplementary players into the squad as soon as they are available.

Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali, who didn’t get a pick on day one, was snapped by Lahore Qaladars from the Silver category and could now possibly captain the team. Allrounder Abdul Razzaq may not have played professional cricket in nearly a year but Qalandars didn’t mind signing him from the supplementary category, while off-spinner Saeed Ajmal also found a buyer in Islamabad United as a supplementary player.

Ninety-eight players in total were drafted in by the five franchises across two days.

The first edition of Pakistan Super League will be played in Dubai and Sharjah from February 4 to 23.

PAKISTAN SUPER LEAGUE DRAFT (*current BBL players in italics)

Peshawar Zalmi

Overseas: Darren Sammy, Chris Jordan, Tamim Iqbal, Jim Allenby, Dawid Malan, Brad Hodge

Local: Shahid Afridi (icon), Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Junaid Khan, Aamer Yamin, Imran Khan Jr., Shahid Yousuf, Abdur Rehman, Musadiq Ahmed, Hassan Ali, Asghar, Israrullah, Taj Wali

Karachi Kings

Overseas: Shakib Al Hasan, Ravi Bopara, Lendl Simmons, James Vince, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tillakaratne Dilshan

Local: Shoaib Malik (icon), Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Aamir, Bilawal Bhatti, Iftikhar Ahmad, Nauman Anwar, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Mir Hamza, Saifullah Bangash, Shahzaib Hassan, Fawad Alam

Islamabad United

Overseas: Shane Watson (icon), Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Brad Haddin, Sam Billings, Ashar Zaidi

Local: Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Babar Azam, Imran Khalid, Kamran Ghulam, Umar Amin, Rumman Raees, Amad Butt, Saeed Ajmal, Hussain Talat, Umar Siddique

Quetta Gladiators

Overseas: Kevin Pietersen (icon), Jason Holder, Luke Wright, Elton Chigumbura, Mohammad Nabia, Kumar Sangakkara

Local: Sarfraz Ahmad, Ahmad Shahzad, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Umar Gul, Bilal Asif, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Nawaz, Saad Nasim, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Bismillah Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Ramiz Raja Jr.

Lahore Qalandars

Overseas: Chris Gayle (icon), Dwyane Bravo, Mustafizur Rehman, Kevon Cooper, Cameron Delport

Local: Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Sohaib Maqsood, Zafar Gohar, Hammad Azam, Zia-ul-Haq, Zohaib Khan, Azhar Ali, Naved Yasin, Adnan Rasool, Abdul Razzaq, Mukhtar Ahmad, Ehsan Adil, Imran Butt