LAHORE: England’s World Cup winning opening batsman Jason Roy joined defending champions Quetta Gladiators while two-time title holder Islamabad United roped in Proteas’ pace spearhead Dale Steyn.
According to details, the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5 draft was held at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. All franchises were keen on making the most of this opportunity by assembling the best possible squads.
Australia’s hard-hitting batsman Chris Lynn was picked by Sohail Akhter-led Lahore Qalandars in the platinum round.
On the other hand, Karachi Kings grabbed England’s opener Alex Hales and Pakistan’s returning opener Sharjeel Khan. While Multan Sultans’ top pick of the day was England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali.
Islamabad United were also successful in roping in South Africa’s hard-hitting batsman Colin Ingram while Multan Sultans’ bagged his fellow South African Rilee Rossouw.
Last year runners-up Peshawar Zalmi had retained all their three Platinum picks from last year but did well to strengthen certain key positions by adding the likes of former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik and pacer Rahat Ali to their roster.
Squads: Quetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed (C), Mohammad Nawaz, Jason Roy, Shane Watson, Ahmed Shehzad, Ben Cutting, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hasnain, Fawad Ahmed, Naseem Shah, Ahsan Ali, Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills, Abdul Nasir, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Keemo Paul and Khurram Manzoor.
Karachi Kings: Imad Wasim (C), Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Alex Hales, Iftikhar Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Aamir Yamin, Sharjeel Khan, Cameron Delport, Usama Mir, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Dan Lawrence, Ali Khan, Umer Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Liam Plunkett and Awais Zia.
Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz, Hassan Ali, Kieron Pollard, Kamran Akmal, Tom Banton, Shoaib Malik, Darren Sammy, Imam-ul-Haq, Liam Dawson, Umar Amin, Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Dwaine Pretorius, Adil Amin, Amir Khan, Aamir Ali, Liam Livingstone and Haider Ali.
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Hussain Talat, Rumman Raees, Ammad Butt, Rizwan Hussain, Musa Khan, Phil Salt, Zafar Gohar, Akif Javed, Ahmed Safi Abdullah, Saif Badar and Rassie van der Dussen.
Multan Sultans: Mohammad Irfan, Moeen Ali, Rilee Rossouw, Shahid Afridi, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ravi Bopara, James Vince, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Shaan Masood, Ali Shafiq, Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir, Fabian Allen, Mohammad Ilyas, Rohail Nazir, Imran Tahir and Bilawal Bhatti.
Lahore Qalandars: Sohail Akhter (C),Chris Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeeez, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Shinwari, Haris Rauf, Samit Patel, Salman Butt, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ben Dunk, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Muhammad Faizan, Lendl Simmons and Dilbar Hussain.