HBL PSL 8: Teams finalize players in replacement draft

The six franchises of the HBL Pakistan Super League made their squads in the replacement draft held in a conference call on Wednesday.

Six teams added players to their squads in the third and fourth supplemental pick rounds before naming replacements for partially or completely unavailable players. Each team can field a maximum of one foreign cricketer in the two supplementary rounds.

Peshawar Zalmi, who held their pick in the second supplementary round of the HBL PSL 8 Player Draft in December, opted for fast bowler Khurram Shahzad.

In the first pick of the third supplementary round, Peshawar Zalmi selected Haris Sohail, who recently returned to the Pakistan ODI squad.

Lahore Qalandars, who were picked second, named Ahsan Bhatti, a left-arm spin all-rounder and a product of their player development programme. Islamabad United and Karachi Kings have picked up Tom Curran and Ben Cutting respectively, who played for Peshawar Zalmir last season. Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans, who had the fifth and sixth seeds, included Qais Ahmed and Kieron Pollard, who had earlier joined the Karachi Kings.

The fourth supplementary round followed the reverse order where Multan Sultans took on Ammad Butt, who was with Peshawar Zalmi in the last edition. Saud Shakeel has been recruited by Quetta Gladiators. Karachi Kings and Islamabad United have picked Musa Khan, who was formerly with Islamabad United, and Zafar Gohar, while Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi have retained their picks.

Six franchises have also named replacements for partially or fully unavailable players.

In the Platinum Division, Lahore Qalandars picked Sam Billings for Rashid Khan; Peshawar Zalmi replaces Rovman Powell with Richard Gleeson; Islamabad United have picked Gus Atkinson and Tymal Mills for Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Alex Hales. Multan Sultan brought in Izharul Haque Naveed in place of David Miller. Quetta kept their pick for Sri Lankan Wanindu Hasranga.

In the diamond category, Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi have reserved their choice for Fazalhaq Farooqui and Mujeeb ur Rehman; Quetta Gladiators have picked Dwayne Pretorius and Will Jacks for Oden Smith and Jason Roy.

Multan Sultan replaces Aqeel Hussain and Tim David in the Gold category.

In the Silver category, Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars replaced Nuwan Thushara and Harry Brook with Shane Dadswell in place of the new Wool Hawk.

In supplementary picks, Lahore Qalandars’ Jordan Cox was replaced with Kusal Mendis, Multan Sultans’ Adil Rashid with Wayne Parnell and Karachi Kings’ Tabrez Shamsi with Faisal Akram. Islamabad United have kept their pick for Moeen Ali.

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Rovman Powell, David Miller, Odion Smith, Aqeel Hossain and Tabrez Shamsi are likely to be unavailable for their franchises from March 8 due to the bilateral limited overs series between West Indies and South Africa.

Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Jason Roy are potentially unavailable for the England vs Bangladesh limited overs series from February 26 to March 14. Alex Hales will join HBL PSL 8 from February 26. Team David will join the tournament from March 3. Jordan Cox will be available to Lahore Qalandars from February 21 as he is on the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka. Wanindu Hasaranga will retire from the tournament from March 3.

Afghanistan cricketers may be unavailable in their squad for a short period of time due to possible international commitments.

Wednesday (25 January 2023) Supplements and Replacement Picks:

Peshawar Zalmi – Supplements: Khurram Shahzad and Haris Sohail. Replacement: Richard Gleeson

Lahore Qalandars – Supplement: Ahsan Bhatti. Replacements: Sam Billings, Shane Dadswell and Kusal Mendis

Islamabad United – Supplements: Tom Curran and Zafar Gohar. Replacements: Gus Atkinson and Tymal Mills

Karachi Kings – Supplements: Ben Cutting and Musa Khan. Replacement: Faisal Akram

Quetta Gladiators – Supplements: Kayes Ahmed and Saud Shakeel. Replacements: Dwayne Pretorius, Will Jacques and Nuan Thushara

Multan Sultans – Supplements: Kieron Pollard and Ammad Butt. Replacements: Wayne Parnell and Izharul Haque Naveed.

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