After the addition of Multan Sultans as the sixth team in the competition, the five existing franchises were allowed to retain nine players each and asked to release the other nine. © PCB

After the addition of Multan Sultans as the sixth team, the five existing teams were allowed to retain nine players each and asked to release the other nine. © PCB

The draft ahead of the next season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be staged in two phases with the first, on November 12, not including the emerging players category in a bid to put in place a mechanism that will prevent overage players from getting in.

“There were complaints that overage players featured in some of the teams and to overcome that a full process is devised and separate drafts will also allow some of the teams to finish with their talent hunt programmes for emerging players,” sources informed Wisden Pakistan on Wednesday (November 1).

The draft for the emerging players will be held in January next year while the third edition of the Twenty20 tournament will be held in February-March. The first phase of the PSL will be played across the United Arab Emirates like in the past, with the playoffs and final likely to be held in Lahore and Karachi. The PSL 2017 final was also played in Lahore.

After the addition of Multan Sultans as the sixth team in the competition, the five existing franchises were allowed to retain nine players each and asked to release the other nine. The new team has since recruited nine players from among the ones let go.

Some new players like Chris Lynn and Mitchell Johnson of Australia, JP Duminy of South Africa, Rashid Khan and of Afghanistan and Evin Lewis from the Caribbean have also been added to the new list of players who will take part in the PSL draft.