Heavyweights Miller, Hales, Hasaranga and Rajapaksa picked

Heavyweights Miller, Hales, Hasaranga and Rajapaksa picked

The eighth season of the highly anticipated Pakistan Super League (PSL) is finally upon us. The PSL 2023 Player Draft has started successfully and the veteran T20 stars have been brought in by their desired franchises through an extensive drafting process.

Explosive foreign talent like David Miller, Alex Hales, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Wanindu Hasaranga were among the top picks in the Player Draft.

The Player Draft started with the Platinum Round when Lahore selected Qalandars as the first player. Qalandars chose the services of front batter Fakhar Zaman while Quetta chose Gladiators Hasaranga and Miller was chosen by Multan Sultans.

Islamabad United brought in England batsman Alex Hales, Karachi Kings opted for Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and Peshawar Zalmi entrusted Bhanuka Rajapaksa to boost their batting attack.

In the second round, the Quetta Gladiators picked their first player in the form of Pakistan’s top paceman Naseem Shah. Zalmi signed Rovman Powell, the Caribbean batsman, and Karachi enlisted the services of Proteas spinner Imran Tahir. In contrast, Islamabad filled in for Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Sultans hired Irish pacesetter Joshua Little.

Since Quetta Gladiators had already retained some platinum players, they were not allowed to select another platinum player.

The Diamond Round also witnessed some stunning picks from the franchises. Peshawar Zalmi roped into Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Kings caught James Vince and Fuller while Gladiators took on Caribbean all-rounder Odean Smith.

The Diamond Round was followed by the Gold, Silver and Bonus Rounds. All of the domestic players also experienced a great response from the franchises. PSL Season 8 is scheduled to start at the end of January.

PSL 2023 Player Draft Complete Squads

Islamabad United

Alex Hales (England), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan), Shadab Khan (all platinum), Asif Ali, Fazal Haq Farooqi (Afghanistan), Wasim Jr (all diamond), Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali (all gold), Abrar Ahmed Mubasir Khan, Colin Munro (New Zealand), Paul Stirling (Ireland), Rumman Raees, Sohaib Maqsood (all silver), Hassan Nawaz, Zeeshan Zamir (both emerging). Moeen Ali (England) and

Karachi kings

Haider Ali, Imran Tahir (South Africa), Matthew Wade (Australia) (all Platinum), Imad Wasim, James Fuller (New Zealand), Mir Hamza, James Vince (both England) (all Diamond), Andrew Tye (Australia), Mohammad Amir , Shoaib Malik (all gold), Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Akhlaq, Sharjeel Khan, Tayyab Tahir (all silver), Irfan Khan Niazi, Qasim Akram (both emerging). Mohammad Umar and Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa) (supplement)

Lahore Qalandars

Fakhar Zaman, Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Shaheen Shah Afridi (all Platinum), Dawid Wiese (Namibia), Hussain Talat, Haris Rauf (all Diamond), Abdullah Shafique, Liam Dawson (England), S Irfan, Sikander Raza (Zimbabwe) (all gold), Ahmad Daniyal, Dilbar Hussain, Harry Brook (England), Kamran Ghulam, Mirza Tahir Baig (all silver), Zaman Khan (both emerging). Jalat Khan and Jordan Cox (England) (both supplementary)

Multan Sultans

David Miller (South Africa), Josh Little (Ireland), Mohammad Rizwan (all Platinum), Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Shan Masood (all Diamond), Akeal Hosein (West Indies), Shahnawaz Dahani, Adil Rashid, Tim David ( Australia) (all gold), Anwar Ali, Sameen Gul, Sarwar Afridi, Usama Mir, Usman Khan (both silver), Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah (both emerging) and Arafat Minhas (supplement).

Peshawar Zalmi

Babar Azam, Rovman Powell (West Indies), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka), (all Platinum), Mujeeb Ur Rehman (Afghanistan), Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Wahab Riaz (all Diamond), Arshad Iqbal, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Haris ( all gold), Aamer Jamal, Jimmy Neesham (New Zealand) (supplement). Tom Kohler-Cadmore (England), Saim Ayub, Salman Irshad, Usman Qadir (all silver), Hasebullah Khan, Sufyan Muqeem (both emerging).

Quetta gladiators

Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka) (all platinum), Iftikhar Ahmed, Jason Roy (England), Odean Smith (West Indies) (all diamond), Ahsan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Sarfaraz Ahmed (all gold), Omair Bin Yousuf (supplement), Mohammad Zahid, Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan), Umar Akmal, Umaid Asif, Will Smeed (England) (all silver), Aimal Khan, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai (both aspiring). Martin Guptill (New Zealand) and

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