LAHORE: Defending champions Lahore Qalandars did not retain batter Fakhar Zaman for the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
All PSL teams announced their retentions for the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) marquee event.
However, Fakhar's name was not on the list of players retained by Qalandars. This is the second time in a row the Qalandars didn't retain the aggressive batter.
Three foreign players, including Rashid Khan, Harry Brook, and David Wiese, were among the eighth retained players.
Meanwhile, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, and Zaman Khan are the local retained players.
In last year's edition, the Qalandars did not retain Fakhar and then picked him in the draft. We might see the same in the draft of PSL 2023, which is expected to be held towards the end of November.
The top-order batter then went on to become the top-scorer of the season, amassing 584 runs with an average of 53.09 and SR of 155.31. Fakhar Zaman scored one hundred and seven fifties in 11 innings.
Fans also noticed and questioned Fakhar's absence from Qalandars' retained players list.
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However, pacer Haris has been confirmed as a retention in the Diamond category as the franchise made him the brand ambassador, which means the defending champions have the chance to retain him in the Platinum Category as they will have the first pick in the draft.