Pakistan Super League, 2021 draft took place on 10th January as all the six franchises made final additions to their respective squads. There were a total of 6 categories (Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, Emerging and Supplementary) under which the players were placed.
In the Platinum category, Hasan Ali moved to Islamabad United after playing for Peshawar Zalmi in the first 5 seasons of the league. Tom Banton and Chris Gayle would be donning Quetta Gladiators’ jersey, David Miller was snapped by Peshawar Zalmi. Rashid Khan was roped in by Lahore Qalandars, while Chris Lynn made a move to Multan Sultans.
Under diamond category, Peshawar Zalmi gave a huge boost to their squad by adding Mujeeb ur Rahman and hard-hitter Sherfane Rutherford to their roster. The no.1 ranked T20 all-rounder, Mohammad Nabi and Australia’s Dan Christian would be seen representing Karachi Kings this year. Lewis Gregory was picked up by Islamabad United.
In the next category-Gold, Usman Shinwari and Chadwick Walton were roped in by Quetta Gladiators and Karachi Kings respectively. Samit Patel earned a spot in Lahore Qalandars, while Phil Salt and Amad Butt got a place in Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi respectively.
Most players were placed under the silver category. Islamabad United opted for Rohail Nazir, Reece Topley and Iftikhar Ahmed. Multan Sultans selected Sohail Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Shoaib Maqsood, Adam Lyth and Shoaibullah. Peshawar Zalmi snapped Umaid Asif, Saqib Mahmood, Imam-ul-Haq, M Imran Randhawa and Mohammad Irfan Sr, the defending champions – Karachi Kings picked Joe Clarke, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Ilyas and Zeeshan Malik.
Cameron Delport, Qais Ahmed and Abdul Nasir would represent Quetta Gladiators, while additions of Tom Abell, Zeeshan Ashraf, Salman Agha and Mohammad Faizan strengthened Lahore Qalandars’ squad.
A look at the squads of all the franchises in PSL 2021
Lahore Qalandars: Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Afridi, Samit Patel, Ben Dunk, Ahmad Danyal, David Wiese, Dilbar Hussain, Sohail Akhtar, Rashid Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Tom Abell, Zaid Alam, Salman Agha, Mohammad Faizan, Maaz Khan, Zeeshan Ashraf, Joe Denly, Haris Rauf.
Peshawar Zalmi: Liam Livingstone, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Ibrar Ahmed, Sherfane Rutherford, Mujeeb ur Rahman, David Miller, Amad Butt, Ravi Bopara, Saqib Mahmood, Imam-ul-Haq, M Imran Randhawa, Mohammad Irfan Sr., Haider Ali, Mohammad Imran, Umaid Asif, Amir Khan.
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed, Tom Banton, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Azam Khan, Cameron Delport, Zahid Mehmood, Anwar Ali, Dale Steyn, Ben Cutting, Usman Shinwari, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Abdul Nasir, Qais Ahmed, Arish Ali Khan, Chris Gayle, Usman Khan.
Karachi Kings: Babar Azam, Amir Yamin, Dan Christian, Joe Clarke, Mohammad Amir, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal, Danish Aziz, Colin Ingram, Chadwick Walton, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Ilyas, Zeeshan Malik, Qasim Akram, Noor Ahmad.
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan, Chris Jordan, Lewis Gregory, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Musa Khan, Zafar Gohar, Hasan Ali, Colin Munro, Phil Salt, Rohail Nazir, Reece Topley, Akif Javed, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Alex Hales, Iftikhar Ahmed.
Multan Sultans: Imran Tahir, Carlos Brathwaite, Sohail Tanvir, Shahid Afridi, Khushdil Shah, Sohail Khan, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir, Imran Khan Sr., James Vince, Mohammad Rizwan, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah, Adam Lyth, Shahnawaz Dhani, Muhammad Umar, Chris Lynn, Rille Rossouw.
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