The teams for PSL 5 have been decided after the draft, with all six franchises changing their strategy in order to account for the change in venue as the tournament returns to Pakistan.
Defending champions Quetta have managed to get the likes of Jason Roy and Sohail Khan. Runners-up Peshawar Zalmi, meanwhile, had retained all their three Platinum picks 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, on the other hand, opted to go for players that have already been in their side as they brought back the likes of RummanRaees and Phil Salt among others while also inducting the legendary Dale Steyn into their squad.
Karachi Kings have added some serious firepower up top by bringing Alex Hales and Sharjeel Khan into their side.
Struggling Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans, meanwhile, have also strengthened considerably with some intelligent picks.
Lahore can now call upon Chris Lynn while Multan haveMoeen Ali and RileeRossouw at their disposal.
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.
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.
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.
Awais Zia becomes the final pick of the draft as Karachi Kings pick up the batsman.
Islamabad United pick Rassie van der Dussen as the draft almost comes to a close.
Fawad Rana has announced that Sohail Akhtar will be Lahore’s captain for the 2020 campaign.
Lahore Qalandars, meanwhile, have gone for Dilbar Hussain as their last pick.
Haider Ali is Zalmi’s final pick.
Multan Sultans bring in Bilawal Bhatti.
Khurram Manzoor is Quetta’s final draft pick.
Saif Badar is Islamabad United’s latest supplementary pick.
West Indian opener Lendl Simmons will provide added competition at the top for Lahore Qalandars.
West Indies’ Keemo Paul has been picked by Quetta.
Former Karachi Kings batsman Liam Livingstone has joined Peshawar.
Multan Sultans have strengthened their spin department with the inclusion of Imran Tahir.
The Supplementary picks have now started and Karachi Kings pick Englishman Liam Plunkett.
The franchises move on to the Supplementary category.
Lahore Qalandars, meanwhile, have opted to skip their Emerging Category for the time being and will add a player later on from their player development programme.
Quetta Gladiators have opted for Azam Khan as the Emerging Category picks almost come to a close
U19 player Aamir Ali is Peshawar’s pick.
Ahmed Safi Abdullah becomes Islamabad United’s final Emerging Category pick.
Lahore Qalandar’s player development programme has helped them unearth Muhammad Faizan, who they pick as their emerging pick.
Akif Javed is Islamabad United’s pick as they opt for pace.
Arshad Iqbal is Karachi King’s pick.
Peshawar Zalmi stock up on pacers by signing fast-bowler Amir Khan.
Multan Sultans pick U19 star Rohail Nazir for the vacant wicketkeeper-batsman role.
We now move onto the Emerging category.
Lahore Qalandars round out the Silver picks by choosing batsman Jaahid Ali.
Karachi Kings have picked Ali Khan as their final Silver pick.
Adil Amin is Peshawar’s next pick.
Multan Sultans, meanwhile, have picked West Indian Fabian Allen.
South African bowler Dwaine Pretorius joins Zalmi.
Talent hunt recruit Farzan Raja joins Lahore
Karachi Kings have changed their pick from Zahid Mahmood to Dan Lawrence after a technical error that saw them pick not enough foreign players
Karachi Kings pick leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood.
Abdul Nasir has been nominated as Quetta’s next pick. He was their talent hunt find.
England pacer Tymal Mills returns for Quetta.
Multan Sultans sign spinner Usman Qadir, who was in the Pakistan squad for the Australia tour as well.
Umaid Asif, formerly of Zalmi, joins Karachi Kings.
Zalmi further strengthen their pace attack with the induction of Rahat Ali.
Ben Dunk goes to Lahore Qalandars after being with Karachi Kings last year.
Another familiar name for Islamabad United, as they pick up spinner Zafar Gohar.
Mohammad Rizwan returns for Karachi Kings as they tie up their wicketkeeper.
Islamabad United stick with another tried and tested player as they bring back Phil Salt into their squad.
Veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Seekkuge Prasanna is Lahore Qalandars’ next pick.
Multan Sultans have gone with Pakistan international Khushdil Shah.
Young spinner Muhammad Mohsin has been picked by Peshawar Zalmi as their Silver pick.
Quetta have picked Pakistani pacer Sohail Khan.
Silver round gets underway now.
Cameron Delport now joins Karachi Kings after previous stints with Islamabad United and Lahore Qalandars.
Australia’s leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has been picked by Karachi Kings. The spinner had impressed last year before suffering a nasty injury.
Another English pick as Liam Dawson returns for Peshawar Zalmi. The all-rounder has put in some handy performances for the former champions in the past
Hard-hitting left-handed opener Sharjeel Khan returns to the PSL after his suspension as he joins Karachi Kings.
Rumman Raees returns for Islamabad United despite being released earlier by them.
England players are quite popular this time around, with Samit Patel joining Lahore Qalandars. He has two PSL titles to his name with Islamabad United.
Peshawar Zalmi have picked veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik as their final Diamond pick
Multan have the next pick as well and they have picked former Karachi Kings skipper Ravi Bopara.
Multan Sultans have used a wildcard, picking Zeeshan Ashraf for the Diamond category despite him being from a lower category. Zeeshan has impressed in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy this season.
Australian T20 specialist Ben Cutting joins Quetta Gladiators as one of their Diamond picks.
Karachi Kings have picked English all-rounder Chris Jordan.
New Zealander Colin Munro, who had a nightmare stint with Karachi Kings last year, is Islamabad United’s pick.
Young English batsman Tom Banton is Peshawar Zalmi’s first pick in the Diamond round.
The teams will be given 90 seconds each for the Diamond categories.
Rilee Rossouw has gone to Multan Sultans after a successful stint with Quetta in the previous few editions.
South African batsman Colin Ingram goes to Islamabad United. He was superb for Karachi Kings last year.
Karachi Kings finish off the first round of Platinum picks by picking England opener Alex Hales.
Two-time defending champions Islamabad United have picked legendary South African pacer Dale Steyn as their first pick.
Another World Cup winner picked, with Multan Sultans opting for Moeen Ali as their first platinum pick.
Explosive batsmen are worth their weight in gold and Australian star Chris Lynn is Lahore Qalandars’ first pick.
As expected, Quetta Gladiators have picked England opener Jason Roy.
Each team will be given 120 seconds to name their platinum picks. Quetta Gladiators have started the draft.
Ramiz Raja is currently reviewing all the sides as they look at the players that have been retained by the teams.
“We have spent a lot of money on the stadiums and the infrastructure,” says PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan, promising that the league will continue to grow and improve in the upcoming years.
“We are bringing all 34 matches back to Pakistan for the fans,” says Mani. “This is a huge moment in the PSL journey. Matches will be played in Rawalpindi and Multan alongside Karachi and Lahore. Hopefully in Peshawar too. This will inspire a whole new generation of future stars who will see their heroes in action.”
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has started speaking as the ceremony begins more than half an hour late.
The draft is yet to begin and currently the rules are being explained, with each player allowed between 16 and 18 players.
Quetta will be the first team to pick a platinum player, followed by Lahore, Multan, Islamabad and then Karachi. Peshawar have retained all three Platinum players from last year so don’t have a pick in the first three rounds.
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