Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and England’s limited overs’ captain Eoin Morgan have confirmed their participation in Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) player draft.
“Brendon McCullum and Eoin Morgan are proven international stars who not only bring a wealth of international cricket experience but also bring invaluable leadership experience to the HBL PSL player roster,” PSL chairman Najam Sethi said.
Franchise owners met the PSL management at the National Cricket Academy under Chairman of PSL, Najam Sethi. Several decisions were taken in the meeting.
The five franchises have also unanimously agreed to an increase in the salary cap to $1.2 million for the new season.
Sethi said that more high profile names can join the league in the coming days.
“While we have announced these two names, there are at least a dozen additional top-level signings that will be revealed in the coming days. It will be interesting to see how teams manage their retention and transfers given such quality additions to the player draft.”
Teams are allowed to retain up to 16 players from their existing squads, including those did not play a game last season.
“It was decided that the teams may retain up to 16 players from their existing squads,” the PSL said in a statement.
“All players who were brought on board by a team, regardless of whether they played, are eligible for retention. The retention window will also provide teams with a chance to renegotiate with existing players and the window closes on September 14, 2016. The transfer window is concurrently open with teams in a position to leverage their draft picks and / or existing squads to find an ideal balance.”
The player draft is scheduled to take place in the month of October in UAE, during Pakistan’s Test series against West Indies.
The order of the franchises in the draft will follow the principle of placing the bottom-placed team from the previous year at an advantage. As a result, Lahore Qalandars, who finished last in the inaugural season, will have the first pick in every round. They will be followed by Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United in every round.
The second season of PSL will take place in February 2017.