Hard-hitting Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is all set to feature in the inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League. Watson, who recently bid adieu in Test cricket was looking forward to his stint in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he could utilize his strength of big hitting. The PCB said that Watson’s inclusion meant that he became the 152nd foreign player to sign up for the PSL.
Najam Sethi, who is the head of the PSL also said that special price brackets were being designed keeping certain cricketers in mind. Sethi said that a special category of players within the PSL would get a maximum amount of USD 200-225. This would mainly be apt for the overseas players who have signed up. “We might allow this special category in which the limit could be raised to 200 to 225 thousand dollars,” Sethi said.
Initially, the maximum amount fixed was USD150, but some reputed players demanded higher sums. A source within the PCB gave the following explanation and said, “Some of the foreign players who played in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for amounts between USD 75,000 to 90,000 dollars are now demanding much higher sums through their agents.”
A few renowned overseas cricketers who have signed up for the PSL are: Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Kieron Pollard, Grant Elliot, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Ravi Bopara, Shakib Al Hasan, James Anderson, Luke Wright, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Ian Bell, Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine, Angelo Mathews, Tim Bresnan, Lasith Malinga, Samit Patel, Fidel Edwards, Michael Carberry, Brendan Taylor, Chris Jordan, Kemar Roach, Jesse Ryder, Adil Rashid, Thisara Perera.