Multan Sultans, who are the latest entrants in the Pakistan Super League, picked their first nine players for the upcoming third edition of the league.
The Multan based franchise managed to snap up Pakistan stalwart Shoaib Malik and West Indies T20I specialist Keiron Pollard as their platinum picks for the player draft.
Pollard, along with Kumar Sangakkara, are the two overseas imports for the new franchise.
The former Sri Lanka batsman was the diamond pick for the Multan based outfit and will also double up with a mentorship role in the upcoming edition of the PSL.
— Multan Sultans (@MultanSultans) October 10, 2017
Malik meanwhile was a part of the Karachi Kings franchise for the first two editions of the PSL but his contract with the outfit came to an end last week.
The other picks for the outfit included Sohail Tanvir, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Kashif Bhatti and Irfan Khan.
Irfan, the tall Pakistan pacer is just returning to cricket after serving a suspension for failure to disclose suspicious bookie approaches in the past.
He was selected as the gold pick by Multan Sultans and will also serve in an ambassadorial role for the outfit.
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Maqsood meanwhile is a native of Multan and will turn up for his home side in the third edition of the PSL.
“Multan Sultans have gone for experience and a strong Pakistani core with this selection,” said Multan Sultans President Asher Schon in a press statement.
“We would like to welcome the first nine Sultans on board and we can’t wait for the main draft to build on this selection,” he added.
The Multan Sultans have roped in Australia’s Tom Moody as coach ahead of the new season while Pakistan bowling great Wasim Akram will be the team’s mentor.
After picking Pakistan star Shahid Afridi from Peshawar Zalmi, another significant trade was finalised on Thursday with Karachi Kings trading Sohail Khan with Lahore Qalandars for wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan.
Khan, who was the leading bowler last season, is part of a deal which will give Karachi the first pick in the gold category.
In return, Lahore take up Karachi’s fifth pick in the same category.
Elsewhere, Quetta Gladiators have decided to retain skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and former England star Kevin Pietersen.
The franchaise – runners-up in the previous two editions of the Pakistan Super League – is also retaining Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali and Hassa Khan.
However, Ahmed Shehzad and Tymal Mills are set to be released by the franchise.
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) October 5, 2017
Former Pakistan skipper and limited-overs specialist Shahid Afridi has on Tuesday signed up for Pakistan Super League (PSL) side Karachi Kings for the upcoming third edition.
The star all-rounder had been a part of the Peshawar Zalmi outfit in the second edition where he was a vital cog in the side which went all to the way to claim the trophy in the final at the Gadaffi stadium in Lahore.
The 37-year-old was traded by the two franchises after swapping picks in the gold and silver categories of the PSL player’s draft.
Afridi had already planned to swap teams due to personal reasons for the third edition of the PSL and had made an announcement on Twitter to that effect earlier this March.
The BLOCKBUSTER Trade of the Year!
Karachi Kings clinches Boom Boom Afridi in return for their Gold and Silver pick! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/KF34xhYQ5f
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) October 3, 2017
The maverick had been given the captaincy of the Peshawar side in the inaugural edition of the PSL but had handed over the leadership duties to West Indies’ Darren Sammy for the second season.
Afridi had only just recently scored his maiden T20 ton when he smashed a 42-ball 100 for Hampshire against Derbyshire in the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-finals.
Karachi Kings’ owner Salman Iqbal was understandably elated at having secured the services of the star-man.
“Shahid Afridi is the biggest name in Pakistan cricket and we are extremely pleased to have him on board,” he said.
Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi thanked the all-rounder for his services and wished him the best in his new chapter.
Thank u Zalmi fans for love&support, now time to move on. Thank u Salman Iqbal for the opportunity with Kings https://t.co/zlrqT1w9CS
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) October 3, 2017
“Shahid is a world-class player and the entire Peshawar Zalmi family thanks him for his contributions to our team. He is like a brother and we wish him the very best of luck in this new journey,” the Peshawar owner said.
According to the deal finalised between the two franchises, Peshawar will swap its picks in the gold and silver categories with Karachi who currently have the third pick in both the categories while Peshawar have the fifth.
A sixth franchise – Multan Sultans, will make their maiden bow in the PSL in the third edition making it a six-team affair.
The PSL player’s draft is expected to take place sometime this October though the dates have not been announced as of yet.