Pakistan Super League retentions announced
LAHORE: All six Pakistan Super League (PSL) teams here finalized the retentions for the upcoming edition of the league to be played next year in February.
Last year's champions Islamabad United retained all three Platinum players including Luke Ronchi, Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, said a spokesman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
"With Mohammad Hafeez going back into the Draft,Peshawar Zalmi opted for the pace duo of Wahab Riaz and Hassan Ali in their Platinum roster",he said, adding, "Zalmi will use their lone Platinum pick at the Draft to pick a foreign player. Seasoned wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal moves to Diamond as Player Ambassador".
Karachi Kings retained Mohammad Amir,Babar Azam and Black Caps opening batsman Colin Munro as their Platinum picks with South African all-rounder Colin Ingram moving to Diamond as Player Ambassador,he added.
He said new signing Sunil Narine, who moved from Lahore Qalandars to Quetta Gladiators as part of a blockbuster trade, joins Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to complete Quetta's Platinum retentions. Star Australian all-rounder Shane Watson moves to Diamond as Player Mentor.
"The Sixth Team's retentions include star Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik in Platinum and left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan in Diamond as Player Ambassador",he said,adding,"Lahore Qalandars,who have the first pick at this season's Draft, retained opening batsman Fakhar Zaman as their only Platinum player while leg-spinner Yasir Shah was retained in Diamond".
Teams without Ambassadors or Mentors may nominate such appointments by close of business on November 13.
The Player Draft will be held on November 20, 2018 and Pakistan Super League returns to action on February 14,2019.
Following are the team with their respective retentions:
(ISLAMABAD UNITED),10 retentions.
Faheem Ashraf,Platinum, Luke Ronchi, Platinum, Shadab Khan Platinum, Mohammad Sami,Diamond, Asif Ali,Diamond, Rumman Raees Gold (Relegation request successful),Sahibzada Farhan, Silver, Zafar Gohar,Silver, Waqas Maqsood, Silver, Hussain Talat Silver (Ambassador).
(PESHAWAR ZALMI),8 retentions: Wahab Riaz,Platinum,Hassan Ali,Platinum,Kamran Akmal, Diamond (Ambassador),Daren Sammy,Diamond,Liam Dawson,Gold,Umaid Asif,Silver,Khalid Usman, Silver,Sameen Gul,Emerging.
(KARACHI KINGS), 8 retentions Babar Azam,Platinum,Mohammad Amir Platinum,Colin Munro,Platinum,Colin Ingram,Diamond (Ambassador), Imad Wasim Diamond,Usman Khan Shinwari,Diamond, Ravi Bopara,Gold, Mohammad Rizwan,Gold.
QUETTA GLADIATORS,9 retentions:
Sarfaraz, Ahmed Platinum, Sunil Narine,Platinum,Shane Watson, Diamond (Mentor), Sohail Tanvir,Diamond, Mohammad Nawaz,Diamond,Rilee Roussow, Gold (Ambassador),Umar Akmal,Gold,Anwar Ali,Silver(Relegation request successful), Saud Shakeel,Silver.
(SIXTH TEAM),8 retentions:
Shoaib Malik,Platinum,Mohammad Irfan,Diamond (Ambassador)
Junaid Khan,Diamond, Shan Masood,Gold, Mohammad Abbas,Silver,
Mohammad Irfan Khan,Silver,Umar Siddiq,Silver,Mohammad Junaid,Emerging,
(LAHORE QALANDARS), 8 retentions:
Fakhar Zaman,Platinum,,Yasir Shah,Diamond,Anton Devcich,Gold,
,Shaheen Shah Afridi,Gold,Rahat Ali,Gold,Agha Salman,Silver,Sohail Akhtar,Silver,Hassan Khan,Silver.