The draft of players for the Pakistan Super League (PSL)2020 is set to take place today in Lahore, with teams expected to pick players in various categories.
The drafting session will be broadcast live on Geo Super at 4:45pm, while here will be posted the major updates from the event.
During the players ‘ draft for the fifth edition, the PSL franchises set their sights on picking players like Jason Roy, Chris Lynn, Colin Ingram and Dale Steyn.
The top-most and highly paid class, Platinum, would be chosen by five teams from seven games. However, as they chose to keep Wahab Riaz, Hassan Ali, and Keiron Pollard in Platinum, Peshawar Zalmi would not select anyone from the top categories.
In the first round of the Platinum class, Quetta Gladiators, on the other hand, would have the first turn to choose their options and it is highly likely that they would choose Jason Roy.
Nadeem Omar, owner of Gladiators, recently said that his side had sights on Roy. The winner of the 2019 World Cup is the most sought-after as at least two more franchises have conveyed personally to this correspondent that they would like to pick him if he is not selected in their choice.
Lahore Qalandars — who decided to retain Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez earlier — were eyeing Colin Ingram or Chris Lynn for the only available Platinum category. It is mandatory for the Qalandars, following their retention, to pick a foreign player in Platinum category.
There will be five picks in first round of platinum and two in the second one.
In Diamond category, Zalmi would have the first pick, followed by Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Gladiators, and Multan Sultans.
Qalandars would not be able to pick any player in the Diamond category after they decided to retain Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Shinwari, and David Wiese in Diamond. Zalmi and Sultans would each pick two players in the Diamond category, while United, Kings, and Gladiators would have one pick.
In the Gold category, Karachi Kings would have two picks, while the other teams would have one each. Following the Platinum, Diamond, and Gold categories, teams would also pick players in the Silver, Emerging, and Supplementary categories to complete their squad of 18 players.
It is mandatory for the teams to have at least three foreigners among the nine top-picked/retained ones.
The PSL’s fifth edition is slated to be played in February 2020 in four cities of Pakistan.