PSL 2020: Team-wise list of players picked in the draft
Pakistan's current T20I captain Babar Azam will play for Karachi Kings.
Published - Dec 7, 2019 2:05 pm
Updated - Dec 7, 2019 2:05 pm
The draft for the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is done and dusted after a star-studded affair in Lahore on Friday. It was a battle between the franchise to grab the services of the who’s who of International cricket. The draft began with the speeches of the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani and it’s Chief Operating officer Wasim Khan.
With the likes of South African fast bowling legend Dale Steyn, England’s whirlwind opener Jason Roy, Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting, Somerset’s swashbuckling batsman Tom Banton, James Vince and South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, it was always going to be a battle for the franchise owners to get the best names on their side. And, it proved that way.
Who all did the franchises opt for in the PSL draft?
The defending champions opted for England’s tearaway opener Jason Roy, Mohammad Nawaz and former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed in the Platinum category while Shane Watson, who will also play the role of a mentor, opener Ahmed Shehzad and Aussie all-rounder Ben Cutting was the three choices in the diamond category.
As far as Gold category is concerned, discarded International Umar Akmal was picked as an ambassador along with fast bowling prodigy in Mohammad Hasnain, and spinner Fawad Ahmed. Ahsan Ali, 16-year-old Naseem Shah, fast bowler Sohail Khan, T20 specialist Tymal Mills and Abdul Nasir were the four choices while Arish Ali Khan and Azam Khan were picked up from the emerging players’ category. West Indian fast bowler Keemo Paul and Khurram Manzoor were picked in the supplementary category.
Platinum: Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Jason Roy
Diamond: Shane Watson (mentor), Ahmed Shehzad, Ben Cutting
Gold: Umar Akmal (ambassador), Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed
Silver: Ahsan Ali, Naseem Shah, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir
Emerging: Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan
Supplementary: Keemo Paul, Khurram Manzoor