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Pakistan Super League - 8 (PSL-8) 2023

HBL PSL 8 draft expected on November 18 after franchises reject auction model​

Team owners are not ready for the auction model but have agreed with PCB over their willingness to continue discussing it in the future

Saleem Khaliq

14 October, 2022


HBL PSL 8 draft expected on November 18 after franchises reject auction model
PHOTO: PCB

The draft for season eight of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) is expected on November 18 after the franchises rejected the player auction model.

According to the details, team owners are not ready for the auction model but have agreed with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over their willingness to continue discussing the auction model in the future.

On the other hand, both parties are on the same page regarding increasing the cricketers' salaries.

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Raja wanted players to be selected through an auction in the PSL, similar to the IPL. Discussions were also taking place over the hybrid model of auction plus draft, but the franchises had already unanimously rejected it.

For the eighth edition scheduled in different cities of the country from February 9 to March 19 next year, the cricketers will be selected through the previous draft model.

The board had asked to choose a day from November 16 to 21. It was agreed to increase the salary cap of the cricketers. The final decision will be taken in the next few days. Foreign players have shown interest in coming to Pakistan, no one will refuse because of money; however different franchise leagues will disturb PSL.

Under the procedure, PCB will first determine the categories of domestic cricketers; if any objection can be applied for a review, then the trade window will open in which the franchises can exchange players for retention. As usual, a maximum of eight players will be retained, after which the draft will be held.
 
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Peshawar Zalmi welcomes Babar Azam to the fold as PSL 8 retentions announced

Dawn.com
November 11, 2022


<p>A mockup of Babar Azam in Peshawar Zalmi’s kit. — Peshawar Zalmi Twitter</p>


A mockup of Babar Azam in Peshawar Zalmi’s kit. — Peshawar Zalmi Twitter
Peshawar Zalmi on Friday announced that Babar Azam would be joining the team for the upcoming eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as the squads revealed their retentions.

Azam was previously the skipper for Karachi Kings.


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LAHORE: Drafting of players in the eighth season of Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held on December 15 in Karachi.

A statement issued by the cricket board said that the date and venue of the player draft has been decided with the consent of all the franchisors while the venue of the draft will be announced later.

Tournament Director Usman Wahla says that after the availability of the best players, PSL 8 is expected to be a good event. The event will be played from February 9 to March 19 in Lahore, Multan, Karachi and Rawalpindi.
 

Babar Azam to lead Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 8

BR
December 14, 2022


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Pakistan’s all-format captain Babar Azam will lead Peshawar Zalmi in season eight of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the franchise announced on Wednesday.


In one of the biggest trades of the tournament, Zalmi roped in Babar in the Platinum category and the first pick in the supplementary round in exchange for Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik, who moved to Karachi Kings in the Platinum and Diamond categories, respectively.


Babar, who is the top batter in the ODIs and the No. 4 in ICC’s T20 rankings, left Karachi Kings recently after representing the franchise for six seasons. Babar played for the Kings from 2017 to 2022 before joining Zalmi. He played for Islamabad United in the opening season of the tournament.

The prolific right-hander is the all-time highest scorer of PSL, with 2,413 runs in 68 matches.

However, he could not prove his mettle as a skipper. Leading Karachi Kings in the last edition, Babar lost nine matches on the trot, creating a record for losing most matches in a PSL season.

PSL 8 draft

Earlier today, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that the players' draft for PSL season 8 will take place in Karachi on December 15.

The announcement has been made after consulting with all franchises, said PCB.

The tournament's director Usman Wahla said PSL 8 will be bigger with the induction of some prominent names.

"Some big cricketers' availability ensures a bigger and better PSL season this time around," he said.

PSL 8 is scheduled from February 9 to March 19 in Karachi, Multan, Rawalpindi, and Lahore. Lahore Qalandars will defend their title.
 
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Najam Sethi, who is heading a panel governing the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) affairs till a chairman is elected, said on Friday that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was the “biggest T20 brand” after the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he announced the schedule for the eighth edition of the tournament.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Sethi said: “I think you will appreciate that over the years, PSL is the biggest T20 brand in the private sector after the IPL.”

He said that this was evident by the fact that there were “three to four” other T20 leagues currently under way in the world and “all of them have planned their leagues before us”.

“They know that maybe if they enter into a competition with us then they won’t be able to compete in terms of prestige and value.

“So that is a sign that our PSL is flying high. This momentum has been kept going by previous administrations and we will continue it as well,” he added.

Sethi said the league’s previous edition was particularly lucrative with the participation of international and domestic players. He further said that the eighth edition would be a similarly “star-studded” event.

Separately, a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) quoted Sethi as saying that the tournament would be a “massive event” with the “world’s best T20 cricketers in action”.

“We aim to make the HBL PSL bigger, better and stronger than ever before with the overarching ambition to make it the first-choice event for leading T20 cricketers.”

According to the press release, the league will kick off on February 13 in Multan and culminate on March 19 in Lahore.

“Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi will share between them the 34-match tournament, and the event schedule has been designed in such a way that the four home sides will each play five matches in front of their fans and supporters — one against each side,” the press release said.

It added that the tournament would be held in two legs with the Multan Cricket Stadium and the National Bank Cricket Arena splitting matches from Feb 13-26 before shifting to the Gaddafi Stadium and Pindi Cricket Stadium where the matches would be played from Feb 26-Mar 19.

The PCB also said that the PSL would include the “soft launch” of the Pakistan Women’s League with three exhibition matches being played in the lead-up to the men’s matches in Rawalpindi on Mar 8, 10 and 11.

“The two women’s sides are expected to comprise leading local and foreign players, details of which will be announced in due course,” the PCB said.

Schedule​

  • Feb 13 - Multan Sultans v Lahore Qalandars, Multan Cricket Stadium
  • Feb 14 - Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • Feb 15 - Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators, Multan Cricket Stadium
  • Feb 16 - Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • Feb 17 - Multan Sultans v Peshawar Zalmi, Multan Cricket Stadium
  • Feb 18 - Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • Feb 19 - Multan Sultans v Islamabad United, Multan Cricket Stadium; Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • Feb 20 - Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • Feb 21 - Quetta Gladiators v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • Feb 22 - Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Multan Cricket Stadium
  • Feb 23 - Peshawar Zalmi v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • Feb 24 - Quetta Gladiators v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena
  • Feb 26 - Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans, National Bank Cricket Arena; Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi, Gaddafi Stadium
  • Feb 27 - Lahore Qalandars v Islamabad United, Gaddafi Stadium
  • Mar 1 - Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • Mar 2 - Lahore Qalandars v Quetta Gladiators, Gaddafi Stadium
  • Mar 3 - Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • Mar 4 - Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans, Gaddafi Stadium
  • Mar 5 - Islamabad United v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • Mar 6 - Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • Mar 7 - Peshawar Zalmi v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Islamabad United v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • Mar 8 – Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 1, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • Mar 9 - Islamabad United v Lahore Qalandars, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • Mar 10 - Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 2, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Peshawar Zalmi v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • Mar 11 - Pakistan Women’s League Exhibition Match 3, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Quetta Gladiators v Multan Sultans, Pindi Cricket Stadium
  • Mar 12 - Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Pindi Cricket Stadium; Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings, Gaddafi Stadium
  • Mar 15 - Qualifier (1 v 2), Gaddafi Stadium
  • Mar 16 - Eliminator 1 (3 v 4), Gaddafi Stadium
  • Mar 17 - Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1), Gaddafi Stadium
  • Mar 19 - Final, Gaddafi Stadium
 
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HBL PSL 8: Teams finalise players in replacement draft​

The board decided to increase the size of PSL squads to 20 players

Pakistan Cricket Board​


25 January, 2023
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HBL PSL 8: Teams finalise players in replacement draft
PHOTO: PSL

The six HBL Pakistan Super League franchises beefed up their squads in the replacement draft that took place over a conference call on Wednesday.

The six teams added players to their squads in the third and fourth supplementary pick rounds before naming replacements for the players who were partially or fully unavailable. Each side could pick a maximum of one foreign cricketer in the two supplementary rounds.

Peshawar Zalmi, who had reserved their pick in the second supplementary round in the HBL PSL 8 Player Draft in December, picked fast bowler Khurram Shahzad.

In the first pick of the third supplementary round, Peshawar Zalmi picked Haris Sohail, who recently made a comeback to the Pakistan ODI side.

Lahore Qalandars, who had the second pick, named Ahsan Bhatti, a left-arm spin all-rounder and product of their player development programme. Islamabad United and Karachi Kings picked Tom Curran and Ben Cutting, who played for Peshawar Zalmi last season, respectively. Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans, who had the fifth and sixth picks, included Qais Ahmed and Kieron Pollard, who has previously turned out for Karachi Kings.

The fourth supplementary round followed the reverse order in which Multan Sultans took Ammad Butt, who was with Peshawar Zalmi in the last edition. Quetta Gladiators picked Saud Shakeel. Karachi Kings and Islamabad United picked Musa Khan, who was previously in Islamabad United, and Zafar Gohar, while Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi reserved their picks.

The six franchises also named replacements for the players who are partially or fully unavailable.
In the Platinum category,

Lahore Qalandars picked Sam Billings for Rashid Khan;
Peshawar Zalmi replaced Rovman Powell with Richard Gleeson;
Islamabad United picked Gus Atkinson and Tymal Mills for Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Alex Hales.
Multan Sultan replaced David Miller with Izharulhaq Naveed.
Quetta reserved their pick for Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga.

In the Diamond category, Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi reserved their picks for Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb ur Rehman; Quetta Gladiators picked Dwaine Pretorius and Will Jacks for Odean Smith and Jason Roy.

Multan Sultan reserved their replacements for Akeal Hosein and Tim David in the Gold category.

In the Silver category,
Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars replaced Naveen ul Haq with Nuwan Thushara and Harry Brook with Shane Dadswell.

In the supplementary picks,
Lahore Qalandars’ Jordan Cox was replaced with Kusal Mendis,
Multan Sultans’ Adil Rashid with Wayne Parnell and
Karachi Kings’ Tabraiz Shamsi with Faisal Akram.
Islamabad United reserved their pick for Moeen Ali.


Rovman Powell, David Miller, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein and Tabraiz Shamsi will potentially be unavailable to their franchises from 8 March onwards due to bilateral limited overs series between the West Indies and South Africa.

Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Jason Roy are potentially unavailable because of the England versus Bangladesh limited overs series to their franchises from 26 February till 14 March. Alex Hales will join the HBL PSL 8 from 26 February onwards. Tim David will join the tournament from 3 March. Jordan Cox will be available to Lahore Qalandars from 21 February as he is on the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka. Wanindu Hasaranga will leave the tournament from 3 March.

Afghanistan cricketers may become unavailable to their teams for brief duration due to potential international commitment.

Supplementary and replacements picks on Wednesday (25 January 2023):

Peshawar Zalmi
– Supplementary: Khurram Shahzad and Haris Sohail. Replacement: Richard Gleeson
Lahore Qalandars – Supplementary: Ahsan Bhatti. Replacement: Sam Billings, Shane Dadswell and Kusal Mendis
Islamabad United – Supplementary: Tom Curran and Zafar Gohar. Replacement: Gus Atkinson and Tymal Mills
Karachi Kings – Supplementary: Ben Cutting and Musa Khan. Replacement: Faisal Akram
Quetta Gladiators – Supplementary: Qais Ahmed and Saud Shakeel. Replacement: Dwaine Pretorius, Will Jacks and Nuwan Thushara
Multan Sultans – Supplementary: Kieron Pollard and Ammad Butt. Replacement: Wayne Parnell and Izharulhaq Naveed.
 
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