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PSL 6: Franchises affirm their lineups

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  • Six sides confirmed for Pakistan Tremendous League 2021, which can be performed in Karachi and Lahore from 20 February to 22 March
  • Karachi Kings retained Babar Azam and Mohammad Amir and traded Colin Ingram from United within the Platinum Class
  • Hasan joins United, Lynn is a Sultan, Miller turns Zalmi, Rashid turns into Qalandar, Banton and Gayle are Gladiators

The Pakistan Tremendous League franchises on Sunday confirmed their line-ups for the sixth version of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) marquee occasion, which can be held in Karachi and Lahore from 20 February to 22 March.

Within the Platinum Class, all-rounder Hasan Ali, who performed the primary 5 seasons for Peshawar Zalmi, was picked up by Islamabad United as a wildcard choose. However, Australia’s Chris Lynn moved from Lahore Qalandars to Multan Sultans. One of many prime T20I bowlers Rashid Khan of Afghanistan was scooped by Lahore Qalandars, whereas Quetta Gladiators went sturdy and snapped up England’s explosive Tom Banton and Universe Boss, Chris Gayle.

David Miller was snapped by Peshawar Zalmi because the left-hander is now set to grow to be the most recent South African to make his Pakistan Tremendous League debut.

Within the Diamond Class, Karachi Kings opted for 2 all-rounders – Mohammad Nabi and Dan Christian of Australia, whereas Peshawar Zalmi strengthened their aspect by snapping up bowler Mujeeb Ur Rehman of Afghanistan after which added Guyana’s all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford to their roster. Islamabad United picked up Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory.

Learn extra: PSL 2021: All it is advisable to learn about gamers’ draft

Within the Gold Class, Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings picked Samit Patel and Chadwick Walton, respectively. Peshawar Zalmi took Amad Butt, whereas Usman Shinwari was relocated from Qalandars to Gladiators. Islamabad United picked Phil Salt.

Within the Silver Class, Islamabad United picked Iftikhar Ahmad, Reece Topley and Rohail Nazir; Karachi Kings opted for Danish Aziz, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Ilyas and Zeeshan Malik; Lahore Qalandars snapped up Mohammad Faizan, Tom Abell, Salman Ali Agha and Zeeshan Ashraf; Multan Sultans chosen Adam Lyth, Mohammad Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah and Sohail Khan; Peshawar Zalmi went for Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Saqib Mahmood and Umaid Asif, whereas Quetta Gladiators strengthened their aspect with Abdul Nasir, Cameron Delport and Qais Ahmed.

“The draft has gone exactly the way we had hoped for,” said Islamabad United assistant coach Saeed Ajmal.

“We picked Hasan Ali, who is in excellent form and will strengthen our bowling that now comprises Faheem Ashraf, Gregory Lewis, Musa Khan, Recee Topley, Shadab Khan and Zafar Gohar.”

“We then opted for two wicketkeeper/batsmen, Phil Salt and Rohail Nazir. Overall, we are happy with our selections and hopefully, these will reflect in our performances.”

Karachi Kings’ Cricket Director Wasim Akram mentioned that he’s “pleased with the way the Draft went as we picked almost all the players we wanted to.”

“The thought was to have a balanced side and try to cover all bases with players who are good finishers. Overall, I am very happy with the players we have roped in and I am confident we will be a formidable side in the  Pakistan Super League 2021.”

Lahore Qalandars’ head coach Aqib Javed said that he is delighted to have scooped a match-winner in Rashid Khan, adding that Samit Patel’s pick is something that gave him the most satisfaction. 

“Our workforce mixture over the previous few occasions has been round Samit and I used to be a bit fearful that he could also be picked by another aspect after we have been unable to retain him.”

Talking in regards to the alternatives, Quetta Gladiators head coach Moin Khan mentioned that he welcomes Tom Banton and Chris Gayle to the Gladiators aspect. 

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“We were particularly keen to have Gayle following the retirement of Shane Watson as we wanted someone who is highly experienced and a match-winner in our ranks. We didn’t have an event to remember last year, but with the players we have selected for the upcoming event, I remain confident that we will bounce back strongly.”

Peshawar Zalmi’s Cricket Director Mohammad Akram said that he went to the draft with an aim to strengthen the team’s middle-order, adding that he is pleased to have been able to lock David Miller and Sherfane Rutherford. 

“Miller is among the most deadly and most interesting finishers of the sport, whereas Sherfane is an explosive batsman with a variety of pictures who may also bowl,” he said. “These two picks, supported by Mujeeb Ur Rehman, will enhance the general outlook of our aspect and we’ll be a extra dominant aspect within the upcoming occasion.”

Ultimate squads

Islamabad United – Ahmed Saifi Abdullah (rising); Alex Hales (Platinum; traded from Karachi Kings); Akif Javed (supplementary); Asif Ali (gold); Chris Jordon (supplementary); Colin Munro (diamond); Faheem Ashraf (diamond); Iftikhar Ahmed (silver); Hasan Ali (platinum), Hussain Talat (gold, model ambassador); Lewis Gregory (diamond); Mohammad Wasim Jnr (rising); Musa Khan (silver, profitable relegation request); Phil Salt (gold); Rohail Nazir, Reece Topley (each silver); Shadab Khan (platinum); Zafar Gohar (silver, profitable relegation request)

Karachi Kings – Amir Yamin (gold); Arshad Iqbal (rising); Babar Azam (platinum); Colin Ingram (platinum, traded from Islamabad United); Chadwick Walton (gold); Dan Christian (diamond); Danish Aziz (silver); Imad Wasim (diamond, profitable relation request); Joe Clarke (silver); Mohammad Amir (platinum); Mohammad Nabi (diamond); Mohammad Ilyas (silver); Noor Ahmed (supplementary); Sharjeel Khan (gold), Qasim Akram (rising); Waqas Maqsood (silver, model ambassador); Zeeshan Malik (silver)

Lahore Qalandars – Ahmed Danyal (supplementary); Ben Dunk (gold); David Wiese (diamond); Dilbar Hussain (gold); Fakhar Zaman (diamond, model ambassador); Haris Rauf (diamond); Maaz Khan (rising); Mohammad Faizan (silver); Mohammad Hafeez (platinum); Joe Denly (supplementary); Rashid Khan (platinum); Samit Patel (gold); Shaheen Shah Afridi (platinum); Sohail Akhtar (silver, profitable relegation request); Tom Abell, Salman Ali Agha (each silver); Zaid Alam (rising); Zeeshan Ashraf (silver)

Multan Sultans – Adam Lyth (silver); Carlos Brathwaite (supplementary); Chris Lynn; Shahid Afridi (each platinum); Imran Tahir (diamond, mentor); Imran Khan Snr (supplementary); James Vince (gold); Khushdil Shah (diamond); Mohammad Rizwan (silver); Mohammad Umar (rising); Rilee Rossouw (platinum); Shahnawaz Dhani (rising), Shan Masood (gold, profitable relegation request); Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah; Sohail Khan (all silver); Sohail Tanvir (Diamond, model ambassador); Usman Qadir (gold)

Peshawar Zalmi – Abrar Ahmed (rising); Amad Butt (gold); David Miller (platinum); Haider Ali (gold); Imam-ul-Haq (silver); Kamran Akmal (diamond, profitable relegation request); Liam Livingstone (gold); Mohammad Amir Khan (supplementary); Mohammad Irfan Snr; Mohammad Imran; Mohammad Imran Randhawa (all silver); Mujeeb Ur Rehman (diamond); Ravi Bopara (supplementary); Saqib Mahmood (silver); Sherfane Rutherford (diamond); Shoaib Malik (platinum); Umaid Asif (silver); Wahab Riaz (platinum)

Quetta Gladiators (retained) – Abdul Nasir (silver); Anwar Ali (silver, profitable relegation request); Arish Ali Khan (rising); Azam Khan (gold); Ben Reducing (diamond); Cameron Delport (silver); Chris Gayle (platinum); Dale Steyn (supplementary); Mohammad Hasnain (diamond); Mohammad Nawaz (diamond); Naseem Shah (gold); Qais Ahmed (silver); Saim Ayub (rising) Sarfaraz Ahmed; Tom Banton (each platinum); Usman Khan (supplementary); Usman Shinwari (gold) and Zahid Mahmood (silver, model ambassador)

Workforce mixture

– Either side will need to have a minimal squad of 16 gamers and may have a most squad of 18 gamers as per the next mixture – three platinum, three diamond, three gold, 5 silver, two rising and two supplementary (elective)

– The 16-player squad should embody 5 international and 11 native gamers; whereas the 18-player squad can embody six international and 12 native gamers or 5 international and 13 native gamers

– The taking part in XI should embody a minimal of three international gamers and may embody a most of 4 international gamers

– Every workforce has one wildcard choose this yr that enables them to choose a participant from Silver class and above in any class between Gold and Platinum.

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