PSL 2020 Draft: Here is How Local Players’ Categories Have Changed from Last Season

The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is edging closer, and the list of local players’ drafts was recently announced.

There were a number of changes to the players’ categories as Mohammad Sami was pushed from the Diamond to the Gold category despite captaining Islamabad United. On the flip side, likes of Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, and other youngsters also improved on their categories.

We have compiled a complete list of players included in the PSL 2020 draft and how their categories have changed from last year.

Platinum Category

Regarded as the most premium category in the PSL draft, the players included are the face of the franchise as they are the highest-paid players.

Each franchise can pick three platinum players, but there cannot be more than two local or foreign players.

The players mentioned below have all been included in the PSL 2020 Platinum category. Below is a comparison as to how they have improved on their categories from the last edition of PSL.

  • Promoted: 6
  • Demoted: 0
  • Retained: 11
∧ / ∨ Player New Category Previous Category
Shaheen Afridi Platinum Silver
Imad Wasim Platinum Diamond
Kamran Akmal Platinum Diamond
Mohammad Irfan Platinum Diamond
Mohammad Nawaz Platinum Diamond
Sohail Tanvir Platinum Diamond
Players Retained – Platinum Category: Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, and Wahab Riaz.

Diamond Category

Each franchise can select a maximum of three players from the Diamond category. This category features good solid performers. Here are the changes made into this category compared to last year.

  • Promoted: 6
  • Demoted: 1
  • Retained: 4
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Ahmed Shehzad Diamond Supplementary
Iftikhar Ahmed Diamond Silver
Haris Sohail Diamond Silver
Mohammad Rizwan Diamond Gold
Umar Akmal Diamond Gold
Imam-ul-Haq Diamond Late Addition
Mohammad Sami Gold Diamond
Players Retained – Diamond Category: Asif Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari, and Yasir Shah.

Gold Category

In this category, the franchises have an abundance of options which is why there are several changes in the Gold category each year.

  • Promoted: 16
  • Demoted: 1
  • Retained: 3
∧ / ∨ Player New Category Previous Category
Salman Butt Gold Late Addition
Hammad Azam Gold 21st Player
Saad Ali Gold 21st Player
Mohammad Hasnain Gold Emerging
Aamer Yamin Gold Supplementary
Aizaz Cheema Gold Supplementary
Anwar Ali Gold Silver
Awais Zia Gold Silver
Hussain Talat Gold Silver
Mohammad Abbas Gold Silver
Sahibzada Farhan Gold Silver
Shoaib Maqsood Gold Silver
Sohail Akhtar Gold Silver
Sohail Khan Gold Silver
Waqas Maqsood Gold Silver
Zafar Gohar Gold Silver
Qais Ahmed Not Included Gold
Players Retained – Gold Category: Rahat Ali, Shan Masood, and Umer Amin.

Silver Category

Each franchise can select a total of 5 players from this list. The Silver category contains the most number of players in the PSL 2020 draft. Here are the changes made to the list:

  • Promoted: 13
  • Demoted: 0
  • Retained: 14
∧ / ∨ Player New Category Previous Category
Mohammad Irfan Jr. Silver 21st Player
Ali Shafiq Silver Supplementary
Amad Butt Silver Supplementary
Gauhar Ali Silver Supplementary
Ibtisam Sheikh Silver Supplementary
Jaahid Ali Silver Supplementary
Jalat Khan  Silver Supplementary
Rizwan Hussain  Silver Supplementary
Samiullah Silver Supplementary
Ghulam Mudassir Silver Emerging
Mohammad Musa Silver Emerging
Sameen Gul Silver Emerging
Naseem Shah Silver Emerging
Players Retained – Silver Category: Agha Salman, Ahsan Ali, Danish Aziz, Hassan Khan, Jamal Anwar, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Nauman Ali, Saud Shakeel, Umaid Asif, Umar Siddiq, Usama Mir, and Khalid Usman.

Emerging Category

Choosing one player from this category is compulsory for each franchise. These youngsters will get a good run of games in the PSL 2020. Here are a couple of changes made to the list.

  • Promoted: 2
  • Demoted: 0
  • Retained: 7
∧ / ∨ Player New Category Previous Category
Mohammad Azam Khan Emerging Supplementary
Umer Khan Emerging 21st Player
Players Retained – Silver Category: Ali Imran, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Junaid, Mohammad Ilyas, Nabi Gul, Nasir Nawaz, and Umair Maqsood.

This was a complete analysis of the changes made in the new players’ draft and how they have either been promoted or demoted. It remains to be seen whether the squad expansion draft will also take place this season or not, which are the 21st players.

Sports Analyst & Head of Sports Desk.

  • When did Faheem Ashraf become a player to be included in the Platinum category? And where is Khushdil Shah? A player in the current T20 squad but no place in PSL? As always, it seems these decisions are being made in drawing rooms on Whatsapp.

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