Dubai: UAE fans can get to see Pakistan’s strike bowler Saeed Ajmal during the HBL Pakistan Super League in February. Ajmal has been picked by Islamabad United in the PSL Player Draft that concluded at the National Cricket Academy on Tuesday, with all five franchises completing their squads for the first season of the league.
Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan can also be seen in action. Dilshan, known for his innovative shots known as ‘Dilscoop’, is set to enthral UAE fans with his whirlwind knocks. He has been picked by Karachi Kings.
Having selected nine players on Monday, the franchises got together on Tuesday to pick five players from the Silver category, two from the Emerging, and up to four picks from the Supplementary category.
Fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who was banned from the game for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal, will also be in action for Karachi Kings. Peshawar went for Australian star spinner Brad Hodge for their team.
Islamabad went on to pick England wicketkeeper Sam Billings. However, it is doubtful whether Billings will be available as the dates of the tournament clash with England’s South Africa tour and Billings might be selected for the tour.
It is understood that Lasith Malinga pulled out of his contract with PSL wanting to prepare for the oncoming World Twenty20 event. Pakistan skipper Younis Khan, who led the country to its only World Twenty20 championship, did not get picked, neither did Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene.
Quetta Gladiators picked Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. Another good pick by Quetta was Asad Shafiq, who is expected to add solidity to their batting line-up. Quetta also got Sri Lanka’s master batsman Kumar Sangakkara.
Karachi got their local boy Fawad Alam while Azhar Ali was picked up by Lahore.
Among the Bangladesh players, seamer Mustafizur Rahman was taken by Lahore while hard-hitting opener Tamim Iqbal was chosen by Peshawar. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan went for Karachi
The coaches of the five teams will be Mickey Arthur for Karachi Kings; Mohammad Akram for Peshawar Zalmi; Dean Jones for Islamabad United; Paddy Upton for Lahore Qalandars; and Moin Khan for Quetta Gladiators.
Teams: (all 20 players)
Islamabad United: 1 Shane Watson, 2 Andre Russell, 3 Misbah-ul-Haq, 4 Samuel Badree, 5 Mohammad Irfan, 6 Brad Haddin, 7 Sharjeel Khan, 8 Mohammad Sami, 9 Khalid Latif, 10 Babar Azam, 11 Imran Khalid, 12 Kamran Ghulam, 13 Umar Amin, 14 Sam Billings, 15 Rumman Raees, 16 Amad Butt, 17 Ashar Zaidi, 18 Saeed Ajmal, 19 Hussain Talat, 20 Umar Siddiq
Karachi Kings: 1 Shoaib Malik, 2 Shakib Al Hasan, 3 Sohail Tanvir, 4 Imad Wasim, 5 Ravi Bopara, 6 Lendl Simmons, 7 Mohammad Amir, 8 Bilawal Bhatti, 9 James Vince, 10 Iftikhar Ahmed, 11 Nauman Anwar, 12 Mushfiqur Rahim, 13 Usama Mir, 14 Sohail Khan, 15 Mir Hamza, 16 Safiullah Bangash, 17 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 18 Shahzaib Hasan, 19 Fawad Alam
Peshawar Zalmi: 1 Shahid Afridi, 2 Wahab Riaz, 3 Darren Sammy, 4 Kamran Akmal, 5 Mohammad Hafeez, 6 Chris Jordan, 7 Tamim Iqbal, 8 Junaid Khan, 9 Jim Allenby, 10 Aamer Yamin, 11 Dawid Malan, 12 Imran Khan jr, 13 Shahid Yousuf, 14 Abdur Rehman, 15 Musadiq Ahmed, 16 Hasan Ali, 17 Mohammad Asghar, 18 Brad Hodge, 19 Israrullah, 20 Taj Wali
Quetta Gladiators: 1 Kevin Pietersen, 2 Sarfraz Ahmed, 3 Ahmed Shehzad, 4 Anwar Ali, 5 Jason Holder, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Zulfiqar Babar, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Elton Chigumbura, 10 Bilal Asif, 11 Asad Shafiq, 12 Mohammad Nawaz, 13 Saad Nasim, 14 Mohammad Nabi, 15 Akbar-ur-Rehman, 16 Bismillah Khan, 17 Kumar Sangakkara, 18 Aizaz Cheema, 19 Rameez Raja Jnr
Lahore Qalandars: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Dwayne Bravo, 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Mohammad Rizwan, 5 Yasir Shah, 6 Shoaib Maqsood, 7 Mustafizur Rahman, 8 Kevon Cooper, 9 Cameron Delport, 10 Zafar Gohar, 11 Hammad Azam, 12 Zia-ul-Haq, 13 Zohaib Khan, 14 Azhar Ali, 15 Naved Yasin, 16 Adnan Rasool, 17 Abdul Razzaq, 18 Mukhtar Ahmed, 19 Ehsan Adil, 20 Imran Butt