The Pakistan Super League player draft is all set to take place on Sunday (November 12), with several prominent names added such as Mitchell Johnson and Chris Lynn from Australia, Dwayne Bravo from Windies and JP Duminy from South Africa.
The Pakistan Cricket Board said a host of new players have agreed to be part of the draft for the third edition of the PSL, due to be held in the United Arab Emirates, Lahore and Karachi.
“Top international stars including Chris Lynn, JP Duminy, Mitchell Johnson, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Angelo Mathews, Luke Ronchi, Colin Ingram, Wayne Parnell, and John Hastings have put their name forward for the PSL player draft,” said a PCB release.
The PCB said these players will join an already star-studded roster including the likes of Shoaib Malik, Brendon McCullum, Mohammad Amir, Kevin Pietersen, Hasan Ali, Darren Sammy, Shahid Afridi, Shadab Khan, Andre Russell, Shakib al Hasan, Kumar Sangakkara and many more T20 stars who have been retained by their respective teams.
Each team will go into the player draft of 2017 with a squad of nine players. The draft will include one round in the Platinum, Diamond and Gold categories. This will be followed by two rounds each in the Silver and Emerging categories. Teams will have the option to pick up to four players each in the Supplementary category.
The default pick order will see Lahore Qalandars going first followed by Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans. This may be altered as a result of trades.
Meanwhile, Karachi Kings have opted to skip their first pick in the Emerging Round, and said they will nominate a player after the conclusion of their talent hunt program.
The PCB also said teams will have a purse of $US 1.2 million each to pick a squad of 20 players.