Preparations for the HBL PSL 9 are in full swing with the pick order for the player draft now finalized.
The Quetta Gladiators will have the first pick in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2024 Player Draft.
The Karachi Kings and two-time champions Islamabad United will have the second and third picks, respectively.
The fourth and fifth picks will be made by Peshawar Zalmi and last season's runners-up Multan Sultans, respectively, while the winners of the past two editions, Lahore Qalandars, will round out the first round with the sixth pick.
The selection order for the first round in the Platinum category is determined by the inverse order of the previous season's standings.
To ensure a more equitable Pick Order, a different franchise will have the first pick in the first round of each category.
The Quetta Gladiators will start the Platinum picks, the Karachi Kings will have the first Diamond pick, Peshawar Zalmi will have the opening Gold pick, Multan Sultans will have the first pick in the Silver category, Islamabad United will pick the first player in the Emerging category, and Lahore Qalandars will have the first Supplementary pick.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already opened the registration window for foreign players. The flagship event is tentatively scheduled from February 8 to March 24, 2024.
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Franchises will now submit relegation requests for players before finalizing retentions.
Following the submission of relegation requests, all teams have the opportunity to match the player's base category.
If a player's base category is not matched, they may be relegated to a category below their base category.
The HBL PSL 9 Draft is tentatively scheduled to take place in mid-December, immediately following the conclusion of the National T20.