Everything You Need to Know About HBL PSL 8 Draft

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Despite not being the national sport, cricket is undoubtedly the most followed sport in Pakistan. It is extremely popular, in terms of both viewership and participation. To promote young cricketers, the Pakistan Cricket Board introduced PSL (Pakistan Super League) in 2015. It has gained a large following and is now the second most-viewed Twenty20 league in the world, after the Indian Premier League. This year, the opening ceremony of PSL 8 will be held in Multan.

Graana.com has compiled all the details on the HBL PSL 8 draft below, including a list of the foreign and local players. 

What Is PSL?

 

HBL PSL 8 logo

 

PSL is a professional Twenty20 cricket league in Pakistan. It was founded in 2015 and is composed of six teams representing different cities in Pakistan.

Each team plays a total of 14 matches in the league stage, with the top four teams qualifying for the playoffs. The winner of the playoffs is crowned the champion of the PSL. 

What Is the PSL Draft?

The PSL Draft is an annual event in which the six teams select players to join their squads. Players can be domestic or international and can be selected through a variety of methods, including open bids, direct picks, and right-to-match cards.

The draft is an exciting time for fans, as it allows them to see which players their favourite teams will be acquiring for the upcoming season.

PSL 8 Right-to-Match Card (RTM)

The right-to-match card (RTM) is a tool that teams can use to retain a player from their previous season’s squad. During the draft, if another team makes a bid for a player that a team holds the RTM for, it can use the RTM to match the bid and retain the player.

Teams are only allowed to use a certain number of RTMs per draft, so they must choose wisely.

List of PSL 2023 Teams

The six teams of the PSL are:

  • Karachi Kings
  • Lahore Qalandars
  • Multan Sultans
  • Peshawar Zalmi
  • Quetta Gladiators
  • Islamabad United

Karachi Kings

 

Karachi Kings Logo

 

Karachi Kings was founded in 2015, having played in every edition of the PSL since its inception. The team is owned by Salman Iqbal, the CEO of ARY Digital Network, and is captained by former Pakistan national cricket team captain Babar Azam. Karachi Kings has made it to the playoffs in every season of the PSL but has yet to win the tournament.

Retained Player List

The following is the list of retained players for the Karachi Kings.

Sr. # Name Category Nationality
1 Haider Ali Platinum Pakistan
2 Imad Wasim Diamond Pakistan
3 Mohammad Amir Diamond Pakistan
4 Shoaib Malik Diamond Pakistan
5 Aamer Yamin Silver Pakistan
6 Mir Hamza Silver Pakistan
7 Sharjeel Khan Silver Pakistan
8 Qasim Akram Emerging Pakistan

Lahore Qalandars

 

Lahore Qalanders Logo

 

The team of Lahore Qalandars was founded in 2015. It is owned by Qatar Lubricants Company and is captained by former Pakistan national cricket team player Sohail Akhtar. Lahore Qalandars has not had much success in the PSL, as it has never made it to the playoffs.

Retained Player List

The following is the list of retained players for the Lahore Qalandars.

 

Sr. # Name Category Nationality
1 Rashid Khan Platinum Afghanistan
2 Shaheen Shah Afridi Platinum Pakistan
3 David Wiese Diamond Namibia
4 Abdullah Shafique Gold Pakistan
5 Harry Brook Silver English
6 Kamran Ghulam Silver Pakistan
7 Zaman Khan Emerging Pakistan

Multan Sultans

 

Multan Sultans Logo

 

The team Multan Sultans was formed much later than the other teams, in 2018. It is owned by Schön Properties and is captained by former Pakistan national cricket team player Shan Masood. Multan Sultans made it to the playoffs in its first season but has not had much success in the subsequent seasons.

Retained Player List

The following is the list of retained players for Multan Sultans.

Sr. # Name Category Nationality
1 Mohammad Rizwan Platinum Pakistan
2 Khushdil Shah Diamond Pakistan
3 Rilee Rossouw Diamond South Africa
4 Shan Masood Diamond Pakistan
5 Shahnawaz Dahani Brand Ambassador Pakistan
6 Tim David Gold Australia
7 Abbas Afridi Emerging Pakistan
8 Ihsanullah Emerging Pakistan

 

Peshawar Zalmi

 

Peshawar Zalmi Logo

 

Founded in 2015, the team of Peshawar Zalmi is owned by Javed Afridi, the CEO of Haier Pakistan, and is captained by former Pakistan national cricket team player Darren Sammy. Peshawar Zalmi has made it to the playoffs in every season of the PSL and has won the tournament once, in 2017.

Retained Player List

The following is the list of retained players for Peshawar Zalmi.

Sr. # Name Category Nationality
1 Babar Azam Platinum Pakistan
2 Sherfane Rutherford Diamond West Indies
3 Wahab Riaz Diamond Pakistan
4 Mohammad Haris Gold Pakistan
5 Aamir Jamal Brand Ambassador Pakistan
6 Salman Irshad Silver Pakistan
7 Tom-Kohler Cadmore Silver England

 

Quetta Gladiators

 

Quetta Gladiators Logo

 

One of the most popular teams of PSL, Quetta Gladiators was founded in 2015 and has played in every edition so far. The team is owned by Omar Associates and is captained by former Pakistan national cricket team player Sarfaraz Ahmed. Quetta Gladiators have made it to the playoffs in every season of the PSL, and have reached the final three times, but have yet to win the tournament.

Retained Player List

The following is the list of retained players for Quetta Gladiators.

Sr. # Name Category Nationality
1 Mohammad Nawaz Platinum Pakistan
2 Iftikhar Ahmed Diamond Pakistan
3 Jason Roy Diamond England
4 Mohammad Hasnain Gold Pakistan
5 Sarfaraz Ahmed Gold Pakistan
6 Naveen ul Haq Silver Pakistan
7 Umar Akmal Silver Pakistan
8 Will Smeed Silver England

 

Islamabad United

Based in the capital city, Islamabad United was also founded in 2015 like most of the other teams. It is owned by Leonine Global Sports and is captained by former Pakistan national cricket team player Shadab Khan. Islamabad United has had a lot of success in the PSL, having won the tournament twice, in 2016 and 2018.

Retained Player List

The following is the list of retained players for Islamabad United.

Sr. # Name Category Nationality
1 Shadab Khan Platinum Pakistan
2 Asif Ali (Brand Ambassador) Pakistan
3 Mohammad Wasim Jnr Diamond Pakistan
4 Azam Khan Gold Pakistan
5 Faheem Ashraf Gold Pakistan
6 Hasan Ali Gold Pakistan
7 Colin Munro Silver New Zealand
8 Paul Stirling Silver Ireland

 

 

PSL Draft for International Players

The PSL Draft also includes a category for international players, who are eligible to be drafted by the teams. They bring a wealth of experience and talent to the league and help elevate the competition level.

Country Total No. of Players Registered
England 140
Sri Lanka 60
Afghanistan 43
West Indies 38
Bangladesh 28
South Africa 25
Australia 14
Zimbabwe 11
Ireland 9

PSL 8 Platinum International Players

  • Rashid Khan
  • Colin Munro
  • Liam Livingstone
  • James Vince
  • Chris Jordan
  • Hazratullah Zazai
  • Jason Roy

HBL PSL 8 Diamond International Players

  • David Wiese
  • Marchant De Lange
  • James Faulkner
  • Lewis Gregory
  • Rutherford
  • Odean Smith

PSL 8 Gold International Players

  • Harry Brook
  • Alex Hales
  • Phil Salt
  • Joe Clarke
  • Saqib Mahmood

HBL PSL 8 Silver International Players

  • Dean Foxcroft
  • Paul Stirling
  • Ben Duckett
  • Rovman Powell
  • Tom Abell
  • Reece Topley
  • Tom Kohler-Cadmore
  • Naveen ul Haq

PSL 8 Supplementary Foreign Players

  • Blessing Muzarabani
  • Ben Cutting
  • Samit Patel
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Noor Ahmad

HBL PSL 8 Venues

The venues for the PSL 8 season have not yet been announced. In the past, matches have been held at various stadiums in Pakistan, including the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore and the National Stadium in Karachi.

National Stadium, Karachi

The National Stadium in Karachi is the home ground of the Pakistan national cricket team and has a seating capacity of 34,228. It is among the popular stadiums in Pakistan.

It was built in 1955 and has undergone several renovations since then. The stadium has hosted many international cricket matches, as well as other sporting events and concerts.

Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

On the other hand, Gaddafi Stadium has a seating capacity of 60,000. Built in 1959, it is named after former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who funded its renovation in the 1970s. The stadium has hosted numerous international cricket matches.

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium has a seating capacity of 20,000 and is the home ground of the cricket team Rawalpindi Rams.

It was built in 1992 and has hosted many notable international cricket matches, including several matches during the 1996 Cricket World Cup. 

How to Watch PSL 8 Draft Online

The PSL 8 Draft will be available to watch online on various streaming platforms. Fans can tune in to the official PSL website or its social media pages to catch all the action live.

You also have the option to watch the draft on television through sports channels that cover the event.

Following are the online streaming website links on which you can watch PSL 8 online.

  • PTV Sports
  • ARYZAP
  • Daraz
  • Ten Sports
  • A Sports

 

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