PCB announced the final draft of the Pakistan Super League season 8. This year 138 foreign players have registered for different teams. Javaid Afridi did not attend the ceremony because of personal refutes with the board.
Cricket is in the blood of Pakistan’s youth. The biggest example is the thriving success of the local cricket celebration named Pakistan Super League. Its 8th edition is about to come and fans are more than happy to witness their favorite local as well as international players in action. This year 138 international cricketers registered to play in 6 teams.
The following players have registered for the players’ draught. 46 players from Afghanistan, 16 from Australia, 30 players from Bangladesh, 6 from New Zealand. 26 from South Africa, 62 from Sri Lanka, 11 from Zimbabwe, and about 40 players from the West Indies.
For the first time in the tournament’s history 2022 Asia Cup winners, Wanindu Hasaranga and Bhanuka Rajapaksa, England and Australia’s T20 World Cup winners Adil Rashid and Matthew Wade, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa will be part of the PSL.
The draft also saw three teenagers, who excelled at the Pakistan Junior League, picked by three different franchises. Mardan Warriors’ Aimal Khan was selected by Quetta Gladiators, Arafat Minhas of Gwadar Sharks was picked by Multan Sultans. And Shawaiz Irfan of Bahawalpur Royals was selected by Lahore Qalandars.
Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi has decided to give a silent protest and will not attend the HBL Pakistan Super League 8 Draft, scheduled in Karachi. Javed will also not attend the PSL Governing Council meeting. The protest is given the latest statements given by PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja and CEO Faisal Hasnain regarding cricket activities in Peshawar.
PSL 8 is scheduled from February 9 to March 19 in Karachi, Multan, Rawalpindi, and Lahore. Lahore Qalandars will defend their title. However, all the necessary security measures are already in pipeline. PCT Chairman Ramiz Raja said, “this PSL 8 edition will be the biggest league in history”.