Finally, the PSL 2018 games are about to begin. There has been much news about the season and who is going to play. However, no much could be said before November. On November 12th, 2017, the official date, the PSL draft 2018 was held and the players for all the respective teams were chosen.
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The Pakistan Super League 2018 is expected to be huge, thanks to the gigantic success of the last two seasons. This time there are more international players who actually want to play.
The PSL is clearly doing a great job of popularizing Pakistani cricket on an international Platform. Last year, the matches were held in The Dobe in Dubai sports city. For the matches, about 100 players were selected, from which the teams had to choose players. The 100 players were picked from new players as well as old players who played in season 1. This year, something similar is expected to occur as well.
The PSL draft took place on November 12th and was broadcasted live by Geo Super as each team chose their team members one by one. The PSL 2018 draft date was at 3 PM, local Pakistani time on the 12th of November in Lahore at the National cricket academy. Last year the PSL final was also held in Lahore. However, this year, Karachi is expected to host the PSL 2018 final.
So, what were the results of the PSL draft?
Well, Different teams went in different directions.
Some took in players that had already exhibited their characteristics in the last year’s game while others opted for new ones.
The final picks for each team included the following players.
In the PSL 2018 Draft Multan Sultans went on to choose Darren Bravo, Ahmed Shehzad, Abdullah Shafiq, Saif Badar, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Abbas, and Nic Pooran as their draft players.
On the supplementary side, they went for Evin Lewis, Khalid Usman, Mohammed Arif and Andre Fletcher.
For PSL Draft 2018 Karachi Kings, the decision was tough, but they went for Mitchell Johnson, Luke Wright, David Wiese, Colin Ingram, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jr. and Hasan Mohsin as their draft players.
While they opted for Colin Munro, Eoin Morgan and Saifullah Bangash as their supplementary players. They opted out of selecting their 4th supplementary player in the hope that they would find a Pakistani player to play for that position.
Along with all the rules and regulations, certain news and rumors have also been circulating the cities. Reportedly, Karachi kings have a total of 19 players at the end of the draft. They opted out of the 4th supplementary player and said that they will try to find a Pakistani player to fill that position.
In PSL 2018 Draft Lahore Qalandar went all out with their picks and chose Chris Lynn, Mustafizur Rahman, Bilal Asif, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ghulam Mudassar, Raza Hasan, and Sohail Akhtar as their PSL 2018 draft players.
For the supplementary players, the Lahore Qalandars were on a tight budget and could only manage 3 players which included Mitchell McClenaghan, Gulraiz Sadaf, and Angelo Mathews.
The Islamabad United were very cautious with their picks and went for Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Sam Billings, JP Duminy, Zafar Gohar, Sahibzada Farhan, and Hussain Talat as their PSL 2018 draft players. For the supplementary picks, they went for David Willey, Mohammad Hasan, Mohammad Hasnain and Alex Hales.
In this PSL Draft 2018 Quetta Gladiators decided to go with Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Hassan Khan, Shane Watson, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Rameez Raja (junior) for their PSL Squad for 2018.
They chose Jason Roy, Azam Khan, Rashid Khan and Faraz Ahmed Khan for their supplementary picks.
Finally, Moving on to Peshawar Zalmi, the Pakhtoons cut Shahzad Muhammad, Sohaib Maqsood, Tamim Iqbal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Umair Masood as well as Andre Fletcher, Eoin Morgan, Imran Khan, Junaid Khan, Khushdil Shah, Marlon Samuels, Mohammad Shahzad, Samit Patel from their team.
Before the draft began, each team was allowed to retain 9 players of their choice from their team. As the Mulan sultans are new they were given free choice to choose some players to make up a new base team. For the draft, there were 501 cricketer submissions which included 308 foreign players highlighting the international response.
The PSL 2018 Draft Date was on Sunday at 3.00 PM on November 12th in Lahore. The overseas players included a number of notable names like the undefeated Adil Rashid and the stunning Carlos Brathwaite. The Legendary Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo were also part of the list. the list also included players like Imran Tahir and Chris Gayle.
Along with all the retained players, the team had to release their remaining players as well. This was a tough decision and critical one as this could determine the ultimate result of the PSL 2018.
For starters, Lahore Qalandars let go of Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Jason Roy, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar as well as Azhar Ali, Chris Green, Dwayne Bravo, Ghulam Mudassar for the draft.
The Islamabad United also had a tough decision to make and decided to cut Rafatullah, Saeed Ajmal, Sam Billings, Shane Watson, Sharjeel Khan, Steven Finn, Zohaib Khan and Ben Duckett, Brad Haddin, Dwayne Smith, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Nicholas Pooran from the team in preparation for the draft.
Karachi Kings planned things wisely and let go of Mahela Jayawardena, Rahat Ali, Ryan McLaren, Shahzaib Hasan, Shoaib Malik as well as Chris Gayle, Kashif Bhatti, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara.
The Quetta team let go of quite a number of cricketers. These included Bismillah Khan, Brad Hodge, Elton Chigumbura, Luke Wright, Ahmed Shahzad, Anamul Haque, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Nabi, Morne van Wyk, Nathan McCullum, Noor Wali, Rayad Emrit, Rovman Powell, Saad Nasim, Sean Ervine, Thisara Perera, Tymal Mills, Umar Gul and Zulfiqar Babar.
There were a total of 11 rounds in the PSL 2018 draft. Each round has a special category of players. They included the first round which showcased the platinum players which were most costly. The second round showcased the diamond players which were expensive but less than the platinum ones. Moving on, there was a third round for gold players and a fourth and fifth round for silver players. Finally, a sixth and seventh round decided the emerging players and the final four rounds determined the supplementary players.
So, how does the PSL Draft 2018 work?
Well, the Lahore Qalandars went first. They were then followed by the Islamabad United. Then came Karachi Kings, followed by Quetta, then Peshawar and finally the Multan Sultans. However, a trade between different positions could be made which is why the primary order of teams could be changed.
Each team was assigned a total sum of $1.2 million to choose up to 20 players from the draft. Different players in different rounds had varied costs. The platinum players are paid $140000 to $200000. Players in the diamond category are paid $70000 at the minimum. The minimum payment of gold players is $50000. Moreover, the silver players are paid $22000 at the least while the emerging category is paid $10000. Hence, the PSL draft 2018 was pretty expensive. No wonder the Lahoris went all out before they could choose the final player.
Moreover, the retention and trading window was initiated on July 12th where teams were allowed 9 players which they could retain. They could also trade players. The teams can choose new players directly also, but these players need to come from the PSL draft.
For the retention, the past 5 team could retain 9 players, 2 each from platinum, diamond, gold, and silver while one from the emerging category. This amounted to 9 players that the team could own before the PSL draft 2018 took place.
However, as the Multan Sultans were new in the completion they didn’t have any past players to retain. Hence, the Multan sultans were allowed 9 players from the 5 categories before e the draft. This would serve to even the odds of the team. However, Multan can only choose players in the PSL draft pool and cannot choose players that are already retained by the 5 other teams.
Multan may be at a disadvantage due to this arrangement. This is because it has to choose new players who never played together and hope for the best. On the other hand, Multan can choose some great players before any of the other teams can come in to get the bigger edge. It really depends on where the situation tilts during the games.
Multan ended up choosing Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Irfan Khan and Kashif Bhatti as well as Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara as its retention players. All the team owners were given October 5 as the last PSL 2018 draft date to select and retain their players. All the different teams tried to make the best decisions.
This was all about PSL draft 2018. Now, only the match results will tell whether their decision was in their favor or not!