Pakistan announced the players draft for PSL (Pakistan Super League) on Thursday. Total 308 cricketers were selected for the players draft, where tainted Mohammad Amir was included.
Amir was suspended for 5 years from competitive cricket due to his role in spot-fixing during 2010 England series. Amir completed his quantum of punishment this year and made a return in the competitive cricket with some impressive performances. Currently, his performance means he is knocking the door for the national team.
PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) selected total 171 foreign players and 137 domestic players for PSL draft. Some of the big name in these foreign players list are- Kevin Pietersen (England), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka), Brett Lee (Australia), Chris Gayle (West Indies) etc. PCB divided both of these foreign and domestic players into five different categories – Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver and emerging.
PCB released their statement, “Having successfully finalised the sale of commercial rights for franchises, broadcast, and title sponsorship, PSL is now entering the phase that many fans have long been waiting for.”
They added, “At the player draft event, the five franchise owners will gather to select their playing squads. By opting for a draft system in place of a player auction, PSL will ensure a level-playing field as each team will have to choose a certain number of players from each category.”
PCB also described that how a team will be obtained. PCB said, “Each team will be required to pick three players per category from each of the top three categories (Platinum, Diamond, Gold).” Also, all teams are required to take two emerging players as part of PCB’s plans to groom their players. PCB revealed that all five teams will be finalised along with their coaching panels in the next week.
Sharjah and Dubai will host the PSL matches, which is scheduled to be held in February 4-23, 2016 in their inaugural edition.
Ramiz Raja, who is also an ambassador for the PSL, said, “We want to make this league as one of the best in Asia and it will help players financially.”
However, Ramiz never supported to Amir’s inclusion. Earlier he said, “If I was in power I would not have included Amir. He stained (the) country’s image.” Also current senior players of the national team opposed to playing with Amir.