LAHORE: Reigning champions Karachi Kings retained Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam and Islamabad United retained Pakistan’s white-ball vice-captain Shadab Khan as both sides have completed a fruitful exchange before the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 Player Draft, which will take place at the High Performance Centre on Sunday, between Englishman Alex Hales and Colin Ingram of South Africa.
Babar was the 2020 HBL PSL player, while Shadab was named captain of the HBL PSL 2020 squad. In the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021, which will be held in Karachi and Lahore from Feb 20 to March 22, both teams, who are automatic picks on the national men’s white-ball team, will once again be one of the star attractions in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021.
“Five sides have consumed their allocation of retaining up to eight players, except for Peshawar Zalmi, who retained five players, according to the event rules,” the PCB reports.
Last year’s losing finalists Lahore Qalandars kept Mohammad Hafeez and Shaheen Shah Afridi in the platinum category, Multan Sultans retained Shahid Afridi and Rilee Rossouw, Peshawar Zalmi retained Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz and Sarfaraz Ahmed are retained by Quetta Gladiators, it further says.
Ben Dunk, David Wiese (both Lahore Qalandars), Imran Tahir, James Vince (both Multan Sultans), Liam Livingstone (Peshawar Zalmi) and Ben Cuttingstone (Ben Cutting) are other international players held by franchises (Quetta Gladiators).
“After playing for Karachi Kings in the 2020 edition, Hales returns to Islamabad United in the only trade, while Colin Ingram returns to Karachi Kings after appearing for them in the 2018 and 2019 events,” it further said.
In the first round of Diamond, Karachi will take Islamabad’s pick after this exchange, while in the second round Islamabad will make their sole Diamond pick.
Player retention/release/trade update:
ISLAMABAD UNITED (retained) — Alex Hales (Platinum; traded from Karachi Kings); Asif Ali (gold); Colin Munro (diamond); Faheem Ashraf (diamond); Hussain Talat (gold, brand ambassador); Musa Khan (silver, successful relegation request); Shadab Khan (platinum); Zafar Gohar (silver, successful relegation request)
Released — Ahmer Safi Abdullah, Akif Javed, Amad Butt, Dale Steyn, Luke Ronchi (unavailable due to coaching duties in New Zealand), Phil Salt, Rassie van der Dussen, Rizwan Hussain, Rumman Raees and Saif Badar
KARACHI KINGS (retained) — Amir Yamin (gold); Arshad Iqbal (emerging); Babar Azam (platinum); Colin Ingram (platinum, traded from Islamabad United); Imad Wasim (diamond, successful relation request); Mohammad Amir (platinum); Sharjeel Khan (gold) and Waqas Maqsood (silver, brand ambassador)
Released — Ali Khan, Awais Zia, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Chris Jordan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mitchell McCleneghan, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Umer Khan and Usama Mir
LAHORE QALANDARS (retained) — Ben Dunk (gold); David Wiese (diamond); Dilbar Hussain (gold); Fakhar Zaman (diamond, brand ambassador); Haris Rauf (diamond); Mohammad Hafeez; Shaheen Shah Afridi (both platinum) and Sohail Akhtar (silver, successful relegation request)
Released — Abid Ali, Agha Salman, Chris Lynn, Dane Vilas, Dilbar Hussain, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Salman Butt, Salman Irshad, Samit Patel, Seekkuge Prasanna and Usman Shinwari
MULTAN SULTANS (retained) — Shahid Afridi (platinum), Imran Tahir (diamond, mentor); James Vince (gold); Khushdil Shah (diamond); Rilee Rossouw (platinum); Shan Masood (gold, successful relegation request); Sohail Tanvir (Diamond, brand ambassador); Usman Qadir (gold)
Released — Ali Shafiq, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Fabian Allen, Junaid Khan, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara, Rohail Nazir, Wayne Madsen and Zeeshan Ashraf
PESHAWAR ZALMI (retained) — Haider Ali (gold); Kamran Akmal (diamond, successful relegation request); Liam Livingstone (gold); Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz (both platinum)
Released — Aamir Ali, Adil Amin, Amir Khan, Carlos Brathwaite, Hammad Azam, Hassan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Lewis Gregory, Liam Dawson (unavailable), Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Sikandar Raza, Tom Banton, Umar Amin and Yasir Shah
QUETTA GLADIATORS (retained) — Anwar Ali (silver, successful relegation request); Azam Khan (gold); Ben Cutting (diamond); Mohammad Hasnain (diamond); Mohammad Nawaz (diamond); Naseem Shah (gold); Sarfaraz Ahmed (platinum) and Zahid Mahmood (silver, brand ambassador)
Released — Aarish Ali Khan, Abdul Nasir, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Fawad Ahmad, Jason Roy (unavailable), Keemo Paul, Khurram Manzoor, Omair bin Yousuf, Shane Watson (retired), Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills (unavailable) and Umar Akmal (suspended).