HBL PSL 7 Draft: Umar Akmal Returns As Franchises Make Big Profits
The biggest surprise with the retentions was the expulsion of Fakhar Zaman from the Lahore Qalandars roster. However, Lahore's management had the initial platinum selection and immediately re-signed Fakhar as part of their elaborate plan.
Umar Akmal is back at PSL and he is reunited with Quetta Gladiators, while Jason Roy can also be seen alongside Sarfaraz Ahmed for the seventh edition of PSL.
Kamran Akmal, who was also fired by Peshawar Zalmi, remained unpicked until the final round of the silver category, but was caught again by Peshawar Zalmi.
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Here are the complete picks of each franchise for different categories:
Each team had a pick in the platinum category; Lahore Qalandars re-selects Fakhar Zaman, whom they had previously left out of retentions because they had the first choice.
Fakhar Zaman - Lahore Qalandars
Tim David - Multan Sultans
Chris Jordan - Karachi Kings
Colin Munro - Islamabad United
Hazratullah Zazai - Peshawar Zalmi
Jason Roy - Quetta Gladiators
Some surprises: Islamabad United have selected Marchant de Lange for his PSL debut, while Australian James Faulkner joins the Quetta Gladiators.
Marchant de Lange - Islamabad United
Odean Smith - Multan Sultans
Lewis Gregory - Karachi Kings
James Faulkner - Quetta Gladiators
Abdullah Shafique, who recently made his debut for the national team, was chosen by Lahore Qalandars while Peshawar takes on spin wizard Usman Qadir.
Abdullah Shafique - Lahore Qalandars
Usman Qadir - Peshawar Zalmi
Phil Salt - Lahore Qalandars
Harry Brook - Lahore Qalandars
There were a total of 24 picks for the silver category; Franchises often preferred to pick players who have already played for their team and select them again on the main stage.
Perhaps the most noticeable development is that Kamran Akmal has been selected again by Peshawar Zalmi, while Umar Akmal is returning to PSL with Quetta Gladiators.
Silver Phase 1
Salman Irshad - Peshawar Zalmi
Rumman Raees - Multan Sultans
Umaid Asif - Karachi Kings
Asif Afridi - Multan Sultans
Kamran Ghulam - Lahore Qalandars
Muhammad Akhlaq - Islamabad United
Silver Phase 2
Anwar Ali - Multan Sultans
Reece Topley - Islamabad United
Tom Abell - Karachi Kings
Dean Foxcroft - Lahore Qalandars
Umar Akmal - Quetta Gladiators
Danish Aziz - Islamabad United
Silver Phase 3
Sohail Tanvir - Quetta Gladiators
Rohail Nazir - Karachi Kings
Zafar Gohar - Islamabad United
Arshad Iqbal - Peshawar Zalmi
Rovman Powell - Multan Sultans
Silver Phase 4
Muhammad Imran jr - Karachi Kings
Sameen Gul - Peshawar Zalmi
Ben Duckett - Quetta Gladiators
Imran Khan sr - Multan Sultans
Silver Phase 5
Kamran Akmal - Peshawar Zalmi
Khurram Shehzad - Quetta Gladiators
Naveen-ul-Haq - Quetta Gladiators
PSL paved a successful path for youth to play international cricket for Pakistan; previously seen with Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Ilyas and many more.
Pakistani U-19 captain Qasim Akram has been selected by Karachi Kings, while the youngest performer in the National T20 Cup and the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy moves Bangalzai to Quetta.
Emerging Phase 1
Zaman Khan - Lahore Qalandars
Abbas Afridi - Multan Sultans
Faisal Akram - Karachi Kings
Sirajuddin - Peshawar Zalmi
Qasim Akram - Karachi Kings (Right to Match from Islamabad United)
Mubasir Khan - Islamabad United
Abdul Wahid Bangalzai - Quetta Gladiators
Emerging Phase 2
Aamer Azmat - Multan Sultans
Zeeshan Zameer - Islamabad United
Mohammad Amir Khan - Peshawar Zalmi
Ashar Qureshi - Quetta Gladiators
Maaz Khan - Lahore Qalandars.
Players in this category can also be carried over to next season's draft and with this in mind, Ben Cutting is the choice of this category if he joins Peshawar Zalmi.
Other talented players such as Noor Ahmed from Afghanistan and Rahmanullah Gurbaz were also included in the category selection of Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United respectively.
Supplementary Phase 1
Noor Ahmed - Quetta Gladiators
Talha Ahsan - Karachi Kings
Blessing Muzarabani - Multan Sultans
Ben Cutting - Peshawar Zalmi
Rahmanullah Gurbaz - Islamabad United
Samit Patel - Lahore Qalandars
Supplementary Phase 2
Mohammad Haris - Peshawar Zalmi
Ather Mehmood - Islamabad United
Romario Shepherd - Karachi Kings
Ahsan Ali - Quetta Gladiators
Ihsanullah - Multan Sultans
Syed Faridoun - Lahore Qalandars