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Everything You Need to Know About Today’s PSL 2019 Draft

Several days ago, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 player draft will be held today, on 20th Nov 2018.

This rules for PSL 2019 are slightly different as opposed to the previous years. During the previous years, the teams had the choice to retain a certain number of players in each category since it was an expansion year. However, this year, the teams are allowed to retain up to 10 players across any category of their choice.

The complete draft for PSL 2019 can be found here.

PSL 2019 Draft Guide

A total of 663 players, which include local and foreign players as well, are available for the draft. The pricing of each category is as follows:

Platinum Category — $570,000 (Rs. 76 million)
  • Base Price: $160,000
  • Maximum Price: $250,000
  • Each team can pick 3 players from this category with no more than two local or foreigners.
Diamond Category — $250,000 (Rs. 33.6 million)
  • Base Price: $80,000
  • Maximum Price: $100,000
  • Teams can choose 3 players from this category as well
Gold Category — $180,000 (Rs. 24.1 million)
  • Base Price: $50,000
  • Maximum Price: $70,000
  • Total of 3 players can be chosen from this category by each franchise
Silver Category — $140,000 (Rs. 18.8 million)
  • Base Price: $24,000
  • Maximum Price: $40,000
  • Franchises can choose 5 players from this category
Emerging Category — $25,000 (Rs. 3.3 million)
  • 2 emerging players can be bought by each team for a total of $25,000 with prices of $12,000 and $13,000 respectively
Supplement Category — $175,000 (Rs. 23.5 million)
  • Each franchise has an option to purchase a maximum of 4 additional players for a total of $175,000. The supplementary round picks will all be active members of the squad. This category does not have a minimum or a maximum payroll.

Multan Sultans is No More!

As reported previously, Multan Sultan’s 8-year ownership right was terminated by the PCB after the franchise failed to pay their annual fee of $5.2 million.

Instead of eliminating the team from the 2019 PSL, PCB has repossessed the ownership rights and will put the franchise up for sale before the start of next year’s PSL.

The new owners will be able to choose the name and the city of the franchise. As of now, the board has complete control over the operations, players and coach contracts which will be handed to the next owner.

For more information regarding the matter, check our coverage here.

Current Status of Each PSL Franchise

The retention window closed on 13th November this year. For an overview, here is how things stand:

  • Islamabad United
    • Retained Players: 10
    • Picks Left From Draft: 6
  • Karachi Kings
    • Retained Players: 10
    • Picks Left From Draft: 6
  • Quetta Gladiators
    • Retained Players: 9
    • Picks Left From Draft: 7
  • Lahore Qalandars
    • Retained Players: 10
    • Picks Left From Draft: 6
  • Peshawar Zalmi
    • Retained Players: 10
    • Picks Left From Draft: 6
  • The Sixth Team —  Previously Known as Multan Sultans
    • Retained Players: 10
    • Picks Left From Draft: 6

The details of players retained and released players are as following:

Islamabad United 
Retained Players Released Players
Shadab Khan — Platinum Andre Russell
Luke Ronchi — Platinum Misbah-ul-Haq
Faheem Ashraf — Platinum Samuel Badree
Mohammad Sami — Diamond Iftikhar Ahmed
Asif Ali — Diamond Amad Butt
Rumman Raees — Gold JP Duminy
Hussain Talat — Silver, Ambassador Sam Billings
Sahibzada Farhan — Silver Alex Hales
Zafar Gohar — Silver David Willey
Waqas Maqsood — Silver Mohammad Hasan
Mohammad Hasnain
Traded: None
Relegation: Rumman Raees — from Diamond to Gold


Karachi Kings
Retained Players Released Players
Mohammad Amir (Platinum) Shahid Afridi
Babar Azam (Platinum) Usama Mir
Colin Munro (Platinum) Khurram Manzoor
Usman Khan (Diamond) Mitchell Johnson
Colin Ingram (Diamond, Ambassador) Luke Wright
Imad Wasim (Diamond) David Wiese
Mohammad Rizwan (Gold) Tabish Khan
Ravi Bopara (Gold) Mohammad Irfan Jr.
Hasan Mohsin
Eoin Morgan
Saifullah Bangash
Traded: None
Relegated: None


Quetta Gladiators
Retained Players  Released Players
Sarfraz Ahmed — Platinum Mahmudullah
Sunil Narine — Platinum Umar Amin
Shane Watson — Diamond, Mentor Mir Hamza
ShoaSohailvir — Diamond Asad Shafiq
Mohammad Nawaz — Diamond Brathwaite
Rilee Rossouw — Gold, Ambassador Rameez Raja Jr.
Umar Akmal — Gold Saad Ali
Anwar Ali — Silver Rashid Khan
Saud Shakil — Silver Azam Khan
Kevin Pietersen
Chris Green
Kohler Cadmore
Ben Lauglin
Jason Roy
John Hasting
Carlos Brathwaite
Faraz Ahmad Khan
IN: Umar Akmal and Sunil Narine. OUT: Hassan Khan and Rahat Ali
Quetta has given up their Platinum pick in the first round to Qalandars.
The second round of silver category has also been swapped between both franchises.
Relegation: Anwar Ali — from Gold to Silver


Peshawar Zalmi 
Retained Players  Released Players
Wahab Riaz —  Platinum Shakib ul Hasan
Hasan Ali —  Platinum Mohammad Hafeez
Darren Sammy — Platinum Haris Sohail
Kamran Akmal — Diamond, Ambassador Chris Jordan
Liam Dawson — Gold Mohammad Asghar
Umad Asif — Silver Dwayne Bravo
Khalid Usman — Silver Tamim Iqbal
Sameen Gul — Emerging Hammad Azam
Saad Nasim
Taimoor Sultan
Ibtisam Sheikh
Andre Fletcher
Evin Lewis
Mohammad Arif
Traded: None
Relegation: Kamran Akram — from Platinum to Diamond. However, has been made Ambassador as compensation


Lahore Qalandars
Retained Players Released Players
Fakhar Zaman — Platinum Brendon McCullum
Yasir Shah — Diamond Cameron Delport
Shan Masood — Gold Aamer Yamin
Anton Devcich — Gold Bilawal Bhatti
Shaheen Shah Afridi — Silver, Ambassador Ghulam Mudassar
Hasan Khan — Silver Angelo Mathews
Agha Salman — Silver Mitchel McClenaghan
Sohail Akhtar — Silver Gulraiz Sadaf
Mohammad Junaid — Emerging
IN: Hassan Ali and Rahat Ali — from Quetta Gladiators OUT: Umar Akmal and Sunil Narine
Relegation: None


Sixth Team — Previously Known as Multan Sultans
Retained Players Released Players
Shoaib Malik — Platinum Kieron Pollard
Junaid Khan — Diamond Kumar Sangakkara
Mohammad Irfan — Diamond, Ambassador Shoaib Maqsood
Shan Masood — Gold Kashif Bhatti
Mohammad Abbas — Silver Mohammad Abbas
Mohammad Irfan Khan — Silver Nicholas Pooran
Umar Siddiq — Silver Abdullah Shafiq
Mohammad Junaid — Emerging Saif Badar
Hardus Vijoen
Umar Gul
Ross Whiteley
Traded: Sold Sohail Tanvir to Quetta Gladiators for Diamond round pick
Relegation: None



Sports Analyst & Head of Sports Desk.

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