Pakistan opener, Fakhar Zaman, has been released by Pakistan Super League franchise, Lahore Qalandars, for the sixth edition of the tournament. Fakhar was part of the franchise for the past four seasons but will be looking to be picked by a new franchise in the upcoming PSL 6 draft.
Fakhar took to Twitter to announce that he has not been retained by Lahore Qalandars. He tanked the franchise for providing him with the platform to showcase his talent and for an amazing four-year journey.
Thank you @lahoreqalandars for the last 4 memorable seasons. You’ve played a huge role in my career by providing me an opportunity to showcase my skills.
Looking forward to a new challenge in the upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/sDC7CnanHD
— Fakhar Zaman (@FakharZamanLive) December 30, 2020
Fakhar Zaman was drafted in by Lahore Qalandars in the second edition of PSL. He went on to perform considerably well and was influential in their run to their first-ever PSL final in the fifth edition.
Fakhar played 40 matches for the Qalandars, scoring 1064 runs at an average of 26.60 and a strike rate of 137.29. He is currently the sixth-highest scorer in PSL history. He is also ranked second in the list of most scores for a single PSL franchise.
Releasing Fakhar Zaman opens up a platinum category pick for Lahore Qalandars. Mohammad Hafeez and Chris Lynn are the other two platinum players in their squad and it is highly unlikely they will release either one of them.
With the PSL 6 draft scheduled to take place in early January, there will be many franchises looking to sign the platinum category player.