The player draft of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 saw veteran opener Chris Gayle get picked up by the Quetta Gladiators. Gayle, the Universe Boss, is coming off an impressive run in the Indian Premier League (IPL). And will be seen opening the batting alongside explosive Englishman Tom Banton who was also roped in by the Gladiators. Sarfaraz Khan‘s Gladiators also bagged the services of South African speedster Dale Steyn.
The ICC T20I Cricketer of the Decade, Rashid Khan was picked up by the Peshawar Zalmi as their only Platinum player. David Miller and Mujeeb ur Rahman are the top signings of the Peshawar Zalmi. Sherfane Rutherford and Ravi Bopara are two other big names bagged by the Zalmi. Barring the new signings, the Zalmi boast of some veteran Pakistan players in Shoaib Mallick and Wahab Riaz who they retained ahead of the draft.
No takers for Dawid Malan
World’s reigning number one batsman of the format, Dawid Malan went unsold in the recently concluded PSL draft. It is not like that the franchises let go of a big opportunity but it is his unavailability which saw him go unsold. Malan will be on international duty during the sixth edition of the PSL which kicks off in February. Hard hitters Chris Lynn and Carlos Braithwaite were bagged by the Multan Sultans.
Amongst the big names, Hasan Ali and Chris Jordan will be featuring for the Islamabad United. Karachi Kings became the only franchise who didn’t sign any Platinum players during the draft. Instead, they booked the services of Afghan all-rounder Mohammed Nabi along with Dan Christian.
Squads for PSL 2021
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan, Alex Hales, Colin Munro, Faheem Ashraf, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Musa Khan, Zafar Gohar, Hasan Ali Lewis Gregory, Phil Salt, Rohail Nazir, Reece Topley, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Chris Jordan, Akif Javed.
Multan Sultans: Shahid Afridi, Rilee Rossouw, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Khushdil Shah, James Vince, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir, Chris Lynn, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah, Adam Lyth, Shahnawaz Dhani, Muhammad Umar, Imran Khan Sr., Carlos Brathwaite.
Lahore Qalandars: Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Afridi, Fakhar Zaman, David Wiese, Haris Rauf, Ben Dunk, Dilbar Hussain, Sohail Akhtar, Rashid Khan, Samit Patel, Tom Abell, Zeeshan Ashraf, Salman Agha, Mohammad Faizan, Maaz Khan, Zaid Alam, Joe Denly, Ahmad Danyal.
Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Liam Livingstone, Haider Ali, David Miller, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sherfane Rutherford, Amad Butt, Umaid asif, Saqib Mahmood, Imam-ul-Haq, M Imran Randhawa, Mohammad Irfan Sr., Ibrar Ahmed, Mohammad Imran, Ravi Bopara, Amir Khan.
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Azam Khan, Naseem Shah, Zahid Mehmood, Anwar Ali, Chris Gayle, Tom Banton, Usman Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Qais Ahmed, Abdul Nasir, Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan, Dale Steyn, Usman Khan.K
Karachi Kings: Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim, Amir Yamin, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Chadwick Walton, Joe Clarke, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Ilyas, Zeeshan Malik, Qasim Akram, Noor Ahmad.