The PSL 2021 Player Draft: Live Blog
The HBL PSL 2021 Player Draft is underway in Lahore at the moment. Catch the latest updates in our special live blog as we see the world's biggest T20 stars slotted into six franchises for the upcoming exhilarating season.
Lahore Qalandars: Joe Denly, Ahmad Danyal
Karachi Kings: Noor Ahmad
Multan Sultans: Carlos Brathwaite, Imran Khan Sr
Quetta Gladiators: Dale Steyn, Usman Khan
Islamabad United: Akif Javed, Chris Jordan
Peshawar Zalmi: Ravi Bopara, Amir Khan
The last pick of the day turns out to be a significant one as Carlos 'remember the name' Brathwaite secures a spot in the Multan Sultans side. We will bring you the full-length squads containing all draft picks and retentions for each of the six teams shortly.
Ahmad Danyal, a product of Lahore Qalandars' Player Development Program, is the last pick to round up the team's 18-man squad.
After Steyn, Quetta Gladiators choose the unknown commodity Usman Khan in the supplementary round. Meanwhile, Islamabad United keep pacer Akif Javed in the team as the rookie player has been impressive for Balochistan in the shortest format.
19-year-old pacer Amir Khan took part in four matches for Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 2020. He is back with the Wahab Riaz-captained team.
Imran Khan Sr has played 10 Tests for Pakistan and was a member of KP's National T20 Cup-winning squad in October 2020. He adds depth to Multan Sultans' fast bowling resources.
Noor Ahmad made history in BBL|10 by taking the field at just 15 years of age. The Afghan has been nabbed by defending champions Karachi Kings.
Joe Denly has been a constant in recent PSL editions as he is expected to ply his trade with Lahore Qalandars in the next edition.
Uncertainty hovers over Chris Jordan's availability given England's tour of India as the feisty all-rounder moves to Islamabad United in the supplementary round.
Ravi Bopara is considered to be a PSL legend with his all-round exploits being a memorable feature for various franchises. He is the supplementary pick for Peshawar Zalmi.
Quetta Gladiators have aimed big in the Supplementary round by getting South Africa legend Dale Steyn. The prominent speedster made his PSL debut with bottom-dwellers Islamabad United in the fifth season.
Lahore Qalandars: Maaz Khan, Zaid Alam
Karachi Kings: Qasim Akram
Quetta Gladiators: Arish Ali Khan, Saim Ayub
Islamabad United: Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Mohammad Wasim Jr
Multan Sultans: Mohammad Umar, Shahnawaz Durani
Peshawar Zalmi: Mohammad Imran, Abrar Ahmed
Arish Ali Khan is the last player to be picked by Quetta Gladiators before the advent of the Supplementary round.
Left-arm spinner Ahmed Safi Abdullah was involved in a stellar stand with Hasan Ali in the thrilling Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final where he blasted a quick-fire 35. He is back at Islamabad United in the Emerging category.
Teenage left-arm pacer Mohammad Imran has been selected by Peshawar Zalmi while Karachi medium-pacer Mohammad Umar will play for Multan Sultans.
Zaid Alam played for Pakistan in the 2018 Under-19 World Cup and Lahore Qalandars have picked him.
Mohammad Wasim Jr, who has five first-class matches to his name for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has been roped in by Islamabad United in the Emerging round.
Lahore Qalandars' inclination towards leg-spin is further elaborated with the induction of Maaz Khan in the mix.
Central Punjab's highly-rated all-rounder Qasim Akram, who dabbles in off-spin and lower-order batting, has been drafted in by Karachi Kings.
Young spinner Abrar Ahmed has represented Karachi Kings previously and will be donning the black and yellow Peshawar Zalmi jersey now.
18-year-old Saim Ayub has been picked by Quetta Gladiators while Sindh's right-arm bowler Shahnawaz Dhani goes to Multan Sultans.
All attention shifts to the Emerging category picks where hidden gems are unearthed to provide them with a platform and display their skills.
Peshawar Zalmi: Saqib Mahmood, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Imran, Imam-ul-Haq
Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan, Sohail Khan, Adam Lyth, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah
Karachi Kings: Zeeshan Malik, Mohammad Ilyas, Joe Clarke, Danish Aziz
Lahore Qalandars: Tom Abell, Zeeshan Ashraf, Salman Ali Agha, Muhammad Faizan
Islamabad United: Iftikhar Ahmed, Reece Topley, Rohail Nazir
Quetta Gladiators: Qais Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Cameron Delport
The giant Mohammad Irfan will play for Peshawar Zalmi, marking the end of the Silver round of the PSL 2021 Player Draft.
Adam Lyth made an instant impact for Multan Sultans in the PSL 2020 playoffs with a belligerent fifty against Lahore Qalandars. He will stay with Multan this time as well.
Zeeshan Malik was one of the standout performers in the National T20 Cup. He is expected to be an excellent inclusion in Karachi Kings' side for the forthcoming season.
Sohaibullah has been a bubbling talent for Central Punjab. His services will be availed by Multan Sultans.
Mohammad Imran has been a handy all-rounder for Southern Punjab of late and is back at Peshawar Zalmi after they picked him for the playoffs.
Lahore Qalandars have stuck their guns with Salman Ali Agha and Muhammad Faizan in the Silver round. Both players have played for Qalandars whereas Salman has been in blazing form, having crafted a ballistic ton for Southern Punjab in the Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament.
Karachi Kings have selected young quick Mohammad Ilyas, who has been a handy customer for Multan Sultans in the past.
22-year-old Abdul Nasir only has one T20 appearance to his name but Quetta Gladiators have retained him for PSL 2021 as well.
Iftikhar Ahmad was part of Karachi Kings' title-winning campaign and has been an efficient contributor with both bat and ball for Pakistan in the white-ball side. He will now be playing for two-time PSL winners Islamabad United.
Sohaib Maqsood's fiery knock in the National T20 Cup for Southern Punjab propelled him back into the limelight as he moves to Multan Sultans for PSL 2021.
Questions continue to persist over Imam-ul-Haq's viability in the shortest format but Peshawar Zalmi have stuck with the left-handed opener.
Major pick landed by Quetta Gladiators in the Silver round as they get Qais Ahmad in their team. The Afghan leg-spinner will be pairing with local wrist-spinner Zahid Mahmood.
Young English pacer Saqib Mahmood will continue his journey with Peshawar Zalmi after making his PSL debut in the Eliminator clash against Lahore Qalandars.
The tall lanky paceman Reece Topley has been snapped up by Islamabad United as they aim to shore up their fast bowling stocks.
Mohammad Rizwan controversially got very few games with Karachi Kings in PSL 2020 and has now been acquired by Multan Sultans in the Silver round. He has been in blistering form in Test cricket with five successive half-centuries before the second innings of the Christchurch Test against New Zealand. He also smashed a match-winning knock in the third T20I on the same tour, opening the innings in place of the injured Babar Azam.
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Danish Aziz shone with the bat for Sindh during the National T20 Cup last year and will be seen in Karachi Kings' colours in PSL 2021.
Lahore Qalandars pick Tom Abell and Zeeshan Ashraf in the Silver category. Abell averages in excess of 30 at a strike rate of 140.95 across 46 T20s. Meanwhile, Zeeshan's inclusion perhaps solves Qalandars' wicketkeeping woes as he has played for Multan Sultans previously.
Pakistan Shaheens skipper Rohail Nazir will play for Islamabad United after spending a season on the sidelines with Multan Sultans.
The 'Iron Man' Umaid Asif has been a useful player for Peshawar Zalmi in the past seasons. He will remain with the same franchise for PSL 2021.
Veteran pacer Sohail Khan - a longstanding member of Quetta Gladiators - will now turn out for Multan Sultans, who already Sohail Tanvir in their line-up.
Cameron Delport has been a regular feature in the PSL and will need to find another home for the 2021 season as he lands a gig with Quetta Gladiators.
Karachi Kings have gone for the relatively unknown Joe Clarke - the Englishman who currently plays for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.
The Gold round has concluded leading us to the Silver round as the pieces fall into place for teams to fill in the missing links and strengthen their respective squads.
Islamabad United: Phil Salt
Karachi Kings: Chadwick Walton
Quetta Gladiators: Usman Shinwari
Peshawar Zalmi: Amad Butt
Lahore Qalandars: Samit Patel
Rising T20 sensation Phil Salt returns to Islamabad United for the final pick of the Gold round.
Karachi Kings stay with West Indies wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton. This ensures Walton a place in their regular playing XI, having let go of Pakistan's Test vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan.
Quetta Gladiators add Usman Shinwari, who began his PSL journey with Karachi Kings and later joined Lahore Qalandars.
Amad Butt was part of the Islamabad United outfit in the last couple of PSL editions and now finds a spot in the Peshawar Zalmi line-up in the Gold round.
Lahore Qalandars retain the utility Englishman Samit Patel, who has been at the forefront of his team's impressive campaign last year.
The Diamond round has been done and dusted as we move our attention towards the Gold category as the squads start to get a more intriguing outlook.
Peshawar Zalmi: Sherfane Rutherford, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Karachi Kings: Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian
Islamabad United: Lewis Gregory
Lewis Gregory will make the shift to Islamabad United this season after making an impact with Peshawar Zalmi.
Zalmi bring in the explosive Sherfane Rutherford, who most recently played a couple of valuable innings for Karachi Kings during their title-winning run in the PSL 2020 playoffs.
Karachi Kings escalate their all-round depth with the inclusion of Australia's Dan Christian in the Diamond category.
Another Afghanistan player added to the mix as Peshawar Zalmi choose mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman to boost their spin bowling department.
Karachi Kings go for the experienced Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi as their first Diamond pick, who has previously played for Quetta Gladiators.
With the high-profile Platinum picks completed, we now move to the Diamond round as teams look to augment their squads and find the perfect balance.
Lahore Qalandars: Rashid Khan
Islamabad United: Hasan Ali (wildcard - promotion from Diamond to Platinum)
Karachi Kings: All Platinum picks retained from previous season
Quetta Gladiators: Chris Gayle, Tom Banton
Peshawar Zalmi: David Miller
Multan Sultans: Chris Lynn