Pakistan Super League 2021 local players categories renewed, Pick Order for draft Finalised
The HBL Pakistan Super League 2021, one of the top T20 League in the world is set to showcase Pakistan’s best talent once again as categories of the players who took part in the HBL PSL 2020 have now been finalized by PCB
Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who was the Player of the Tournament in 2020 is joined by Karachi Kings teammates Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir in the Platinum category. Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan continues in the Platinum category as his teammate Faheem Ashraf moves down to the Diamond category for the HBL PSL 2021.
Peshawar Zalmi Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and Wahab Riaz have been placed in the Platinum category while speedster Hasan Ali moves to the Diamond category. Multan Sultans captain Shan Masood has moved up to the Diamond category with his impressive performances across HBL PSL 2020 and the National T20 Cup. Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir have been placed in the Platinum category. Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is in the Platinum category while fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain moves up from Gold to Diamond after ending as Quetta’s leading wicket-taker in the HBL PSL 2020 with 15 wickets.
Fakhar Zaman continues in the Platinum category where he is joined by teammates Mohammad Hafeez and Shaheen Shah Afridi, the highest wicket-taker of HBL PSL 2020. Qalandars fast bowler Haris Rauf’s meteoric rise continues as the fast bowler moves up from Gold to Diamond.
The category renewals did not apply to those who were drafted in the PSL 2020 Playoffs in November. These players will be part of the overall player pool that will be available for selection at the HBL PSL Player Draft. Players who have represented Pakistan in any format have been assigned a base category of Gold.
Two-time champions Islamabad United will make the first pick in the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 Player Draft. Multan Sultans and HBL PSL 2020 finalists Lahore Qalandars will have the second and third pick, respectively. Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators, the champions of the 2017 and 2019 editions, will have the next two picks.
Defending champions Karachi Kings will have the sixth pick. The pick order for round one of the HBL PSL 2021 Player Draft was decided after a random draw in the presence of representatives of all six franchises at the PCB headquarters in Lahore. The next 17 rounds were decided through a special statistical tool.
Director Commercial Babar Hamid said: The category renewals for the local players is a key step towards the delivery of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021. The renewals were done on the basis of structured and meritorious criteria with an aim of providing fair and equal opportunity to all local players in what is one of the most followed and competitive cricket leagues in the world. I am sure that like the previous five seasons we will see top-quality performances from our local players and a lot of young players will get a wonderful opportunity of showcasing their talents and progressing to the international stage by their exposure to a platform like the HBL PSL.
2021 Pakistan Super League (also known as PSL 6 or for sponsorship reasons HBL PSL 2021) will be the sixth season of the Pakistan Super League, a franchise Twenty20 cricket league which was established by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2015. This will be the second season held entirely in Pakistan. A PSL executive confirmed that the sixth season will consist of same six teams with no plans for expansion. It is scheduled to be held in February and March of 2021. Starting in 2021, PSL will have a dedicated window in ICC Future Tours Programme.