Last day in Islamabad, Pakistan Super League management and all respective franchises had a very successful draft. Islamabad hosted any PSL activity for the first time, it was due to PCB thinks engaging more and more cities with PSL will help to grow faster.
This year Lahore and Karachi will be hosting eight games of the edition. Teams already retained few choices ahead of the draft and picked more players to complete their squad’s balance. Here I will be sharing my perspective on every team about their picks, which includes their strengths and weaknesses as well.
Fairly a better draft for Lahore Qalandars this year, as per their needs they got what they were looking for in the PSL Draft. They had an advantage of picking first as they were ended at the bottom of the previous edition so they had to pick first in the all categories. In the first, they went directly to AB de Villiers, who made his availability for the PSL back in September, and next pick was of the professor Mohammad Hafeez, who is going to be their captain.
This time they went for two overseas all-rounders Carlos and Corey to strengthen their lower middle order and also added bowling options. A major signings came up when they picked young leg-spinner from the Nepal Sandeep Lamichhane, he is doing some brilliant job in the limited overs cricket in the leagues.
Strengths: They have a strong batting line-up and the quality spinners.
Weaknesses: They don’t have experienced Fast bowlers, will be relying on youngsters.
Platinum – Fakhar Zaman, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Hafeez
Diamond – Yasir Shah, Carlos Brathwaire, Corey Anderson
Gold – Anton Devchich, Rahat Ali, Sandeep Lamichhane
Silver – Shaheen Afridi, Hassan Khan, Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar, Haris Sohail
Emerging – Mohammad Imran, Umair Maqsood
Supplementary – Brendon Taylor, Gauhar Ali, Aizaz Cheema, Harris Rauf
They had setback after Shahid Afridi left them and made him available for the draft, apart from that, they had options to pick their perfect players to be able to perform at the PSL. They strengthened their bowling department by adding Summers of Tasmania, Aamer Yamin along with Amir, Shinwari and Sohail Khan. They are very much a balanced side; time will tell how much they can capitalize on that.
Strengths: Bowling department and top order in the batting department.
Weaknesses: They are lacking with the fire power in the lower order.
Platinum – Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Colin Munro
Diamond – Usman Khan Shinwari, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim
Gold – Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Sikandar Raza
Silver – Awais Zia, Aaron Summers, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Iftikhar Ahmad
Emerging – Ali Imran, Abrar Ahmed
Supplementary – Aamer Yamin, Ben Dunk, Liam Livingstone, Jaahid Ali
The Sixth Team:
They will be captained by the Shoaib Malik, and the team is still yet to be sold to new owners, as Multan Sultans’ owner failed to deposit annual fees. Their panel went for the Steve Smith and Afridi, the big names along with some sensible picks in the likes of Qais Ahmed, Laurie Evans and Dan Christian. By digging more into their squad they have some serious pace and spin bowling now.
Strengths: Their bowling department is a world class in the likes of Irfan, Junaid, Abbas, Qais, Afridi, Christian and Malik.
Weaknesses: Missing one or two proper all-rounders and late order batting fire power will be missed by the team.
Platinum – Shoaib Malik, Steve Smith, Shahid Afridi
Diamond – Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Joe Denly
Gold – Shan Masood, Qais Ahmed, Nicholas Pooran
Silver – Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Umar Siddiq, Laurie Evans, Nauman Ali
Emerging – Mohammad Junaid, Mohammad Ilyas
Supplementary – Dan Christian, Tom Moores, Ali Shafiq, Shakeel Ansar
A team followed and loved by the most of the Pakistanis, always came near to the trophy but never won it. This year they are eyeing to reach the victory stand, so they tried to pick their right combinations for the league’s fourth edition. Traded Narine and picked Bravo in the draft will add Caribbean colors to the team along-with Viv Richards. Also added two most prolific cricketers of the Pakistan, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad in the team will also add Pakistani glamorous touch, both are out of the cricket since few months due to several reasons.
Strengths: Medium pace and spin bowling, they will be banking on their bowling side as they have picked Tanvir, Bravo, Anwar, Asghar, Nawaz, Narine and Fawad. Which clearly states that they have strengthened their bowling department.
Weaknesses: Their batting department is vulnerable place for me, apart from Watson and Rossouw, most of the batsmen are either all-rounders or those who aren’t playing with their national teams or not playing a competitive cricket.
Platinum – Sarfraz Ahmed, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo
Diamond – Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz
Gold – Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Fawad Ahmed
Silver – Anwar Ali, Saud Shakil, Mohammad Asghar, Danish Aziz, Ahsan Ali
Emerging – Ghulam Mudassar, Nasim Shah
Supplementary – Harry Gurney, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Azam Khan, Jalat Khan
A team is the most balanced team over the years, this year they picked some unknown faces from FATA and overseas. Samiullah, Nabi Gul, Waqar and Wayne Madsen are the names people definitely searching their profiles on the search engines. On the other hand, they had some major picks as Keiron Pollard & Sohaib Maqsood made their way from the Multan Sultans to PZ, Misbah will be playing in the Yellow jersey, recently he left Islamabad United and made him available for the draft.
Strengths: Their bowling department along with good all-rounders
Weaknesses: Their batting is much weaker than the previous editions, Malan and Akmal had to take the responsibility, otherwise it all KP and Misbah show.
Platinum – Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Keiron Pollard
Diamond – Darren Sammy, Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq
Gold – Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan, Umer Amin
Silver – Umaid Asif, Khalid Usman, Wayne Madsen, Sohaib Maqsood, Jamal Anwar
Emerging – Sameen Gul, Nabi Gul
Supplementary – Waqar Salamkheil, Chris Jordan, Ibtisam Sheikh, Samiullah
The defending champions retained their 9 players of the previous edition and picked 2 same players again, who played for them in the last edition. Delport and Salt are the best additions to their team to strengthen their middle order. They are yet to announce their captain, but speculations are on the names of Ronchi and Rumman Raees, but the management of Islamabad United knew the final name, we have to wait till they announce it.
Strengths: They have a good batting line up and also a very good bowling attack.
Weaknesses: They don’t have an off-spinner, who can perform the Duminy role in the middle overs.
Platinum – Shadab Khan, Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf
Diamond – Mohammad Sami, Asif Ali, Ian Bell
Gold – Rumman Raees, Samit Patel, Philip Salt
Silver – Hussain Talat, Sahibzada Farhan, Zafar Gohar, Waqas Maqsood, Cameron Delport
Emerging – Musa Khan, Nasir Nawaz
Supplementary – Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Amad Butt, Rizwan Hussain
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