PESHAWAR: The drafting for the five teams of the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) completed at the National Cricket Academy Lahore on Friday.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, MD PCB Waseem Khan, owners of franchises, coaching staff and showbiz personalities attended the event.
The spectacular event to be held in Pakistan this year will also feature famous players from England including Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Alex Hales and Chris Jordan, South Africa’s Dayle Steyn, Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw and Cameron Delport and Australia’s Chris Lyn, Ben Cutting, Fawad Ahmed and Ben Dunk.
Players who were in platinum category including Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narain and Angelow Mathews were not selected by any franchise.
Quetta Gladiators will defend its title in the fifth edition of the PSL which will start on February 20 and end on March 22.
Runners-up Peshawar Zalmi have retained all their three platinum players from last year but did well to strengthen certain key positions by adding the likes of Shoaib Malik and Rahat Ali to their roster.
Islamabad United also opted to go for players who are already with them since last four editions.
Karachi Kings have added some serious firepower up top by bringing Alex Hales and Sharjeel Khan into their side. Explosive batsman Sharjeel Khan is staging a comeback after five years after serving a ban on spot fixing issue in the first edition of the PSL.
The weaker teams, Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, have also introduced some changes in hope of better results.
Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz, Hassan Ali, Kieron Pollard, Kamran Akmal, Tom Banton, Shoaib Malik, Darren Sammy, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Umar Amin, Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Dwaine Pretorius, Adil Amin, Amir Khan, Aamir Ali, Liam Livingstone and Haider Ali.
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Jason Roy, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Ben Cutting, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Ahsan Ali, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Keemo Paul and Khurram Manzoor.
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees, Ammad Butt, Rizwan Hussain, Musa Khan, Phil Salt, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Saif Badar and Rassie van der Dussen.
Lahore Qalandars: Chris Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeeez, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Shinwari, Sohail Akhtar, Haris Rauf, Samit Patel, Salman Butt, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ben Dunk, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Muhammad Faizan, Lendl Simmons and Dilbar Hussain.
Karachi Kings: Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Alex Hales, Imad Wasim, Iftikhar Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Aamir Yamin, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport, Usama Mir, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Dan Lawrence, Ali Khan, Umer Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Liam Plunkett and Awais Zia.
Multan Sultans: Mohammad Irfan, Moeen Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Shahid Afridi, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ravi Bopara, James Vince, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Shaan Masood, Ali Shafiq, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Ilyas, Rohail Nazir, Imran Tahir and Bilawal Bhatti.