PSL 3 draft ceremony kicks off with renowned Cricket stars

Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi President Zaheer Abbas and Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal

Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi President Zaheer Abbas and Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal

LAHORE QALANDARS squad: Brendon McCullum, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Cameron Delport, Aamir Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Chris Lynn, Mustafiz ur Rehman, Bilal Asif, Raza Hassan, Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ghulam Mudassar, Angelo Matthews, Mitchell McClenaghan and Gulraiz Sadaf.

While drafts for other players are underway, all-rounder Shoaib Malik was appointed as the captain of Multan Sultans with Tom Moody as the head coach of the team.

He also announced that the semi finals of the league will be played in Lahore, but that there is "a commitment to try our best to host the PSL 3 final in Karachi".

Quetta Gladiators have drafted West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite.

Peshawar Zalmi selected Bangladesh's player Tamim Iqbal and Multan Sultans took Darren Bravo in the Diamond category.

Peshawar Zalmi have picked all-rounder Hammad Azam. The Karachi Kings were smart in getting some established players such as Mitchell Johnson, Luke Wright, Colin Munro and Eoin Morgan.

The six PSL teams - which already have nine-player squads - will be able to pick up to 11 players each to complete their 20-member squad using a $1.2 million purse. The minimum squad of each franchise will consist of 16 players and can be extended to 21 with five supplementary players.

The first round of the draft will be for the Platinum Players followed by Diamond Players in the second round.

"All franchises unanimously chose to increase the player salary cap by Dollars 25,000 allowing teams to pick a squad of 21 players for this season", a PCB release said. The players in Gold Category will be drafted in the third round while players in the silver group will be drafted in the fourth and fifth rounds.

With franchises opting for more foreign players in the draft held on Sunday, some emerging players missed out, raising concerns over the development of youth, which has been the stated primary aim of the league.

Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators have also signed some good players.

"Rumman has come leaps and bounds from when we picked him up in the first PSL draft". Trades could be allowed and as a result, the order could be changed.

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