Saturday Jan 09, 2021
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday announced the lists of players retained and released by all six franchises of Pakistan Super League (PSL) for its upcoming edition set to begin from February 20.
Defending champions Karachi Kings have retained Pakistan’s all-formats captain Babar Azam, who was the Player of the Tournament in last season. While two-times champion Islamabad United retained their captain Shadab Khan.
The two teams were also involved in the only trade with Alex Hales returning to Islamabad United while Colin Ingram going back to Karachi Kings.
Each team could retain up to eight players, however, surprisingly the 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi only retained five, releasing key players like Hasan Ali, Imam ul Haq, Carlos Braithwaite and many more.
Other key players released by franchises include Dale Steyn by Islamabad United, Junaid Khan, Moeen Ali and Ravi Bopara by Multan Sultans and Ahmed Shehzad by Quetta Gladiators.
In the platinum category, Mohamamd Hafeez and Shaheen Shah Afridi have been retained by Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans have kept Shahid Afridi and Rilee Rossouw, Peshawar Zalmi retained Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz while Quetta Gladiators have retained their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Check the complete list of players retained and released by all six franchises below:
Retained - Anwar Ali (silver); Azam Khan (gold); Ben Cutting (diamond); Mohammad Hasnain (diamond); Mohammad Nawaz (diamond); Naseem Shah (gold); Sarfaraz Ahmed (platinum) and Zahid Mahmood (silver)
Released – Aarish Ali Khan, Abdul Nasir, Ahmed Shehzad, Ahsan Ali, Fawad Ahmad, Jason Roy (unavailable), Keemo Paul, Khurram Manzoor, Omair bin Yousuf, Shane Watson (retired), Sohail Khan, Tymal Mills (unavailable) and Umar Akmal (suspended).
Retained - Haider Ali (gold); Kamran Akmal (diamond); Liam Livingstone (gold); Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz (both platinum)
Released – Aamir Ali, Adil Amin, Amir Khan, Carlos Brathwaite, Hammad Azam, Hassan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kieron Pollard, Lewis Gregory, Liam Dawson (unavailable), Mohammad Mohsin, Rahat Ali, Sikandar Raza, Tom Banton, Umar Amin and Yasir Shah
Retained – Alex Hales (Platinum); Asif Ali (gold); Colin Munro (diamond); Faheem Ashraf (diamond); Hussain Talat (gold); Musa Khan (silver); Shadab Khan (platinum); Zafar Gohar (silver)
Released – Ahmer Safi Abdullah, Akif Javed, Amad Butt, Dale Steyn, Luke Ronchi (unavailable), Phil Salt, Rassie van der Dussen, Rizwan Hussain, Rumman Raees and Saif Badar
Retained - Amir Yamin (gold); Arshad Iqbal (emerging); Babar Azam (platinum); Colin Ingram (platinum); Imad Wasim (diamond); Mohammad Amir (platinum); Sharjeel Khan gold) and Waqas Maqsood (silver)
Released – Ali Khan, Awais Zia, Cameron Delport, Chadwick Walton, Chris Jordan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mitchell McCleneghan, Mohammad Rizwan, Umaid Asif, Umer Khan and Usama Mir
Retained- Ben Dunk (gold); David Wiese (diamond); Dilbar Hussain (gold); Fakhar Zaman (diamond); Haris Rauf (diamond); Mohammad Hafeez; Shaheen Shah Afridi (both platinum) and Sohail Akhtar (silver)
Released – Abid Ali, Agha Salman, Chris Lynn, Dane Vilas, Dilbar Hussain, Farzan Raja, Jaahid Ali, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Salman Butt, Salman Irshad, Samit Patel, Seekkuge Prasanna and Usman Shinwari
Retained - Shahid Afridi (platinum), Imran Tahir (diamond); James Vince (gold); Khushdil Shah (diamond); Rilee Rossouw (platinum); Shan Masood (gold); Sohail Tanvir (Diamond); Usman Qadir (gold)
Released – Ali Shafiq, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Fabian Allen, Junaid Khan, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Irfan, Ravi Bopara, Rohail Nazir, Wayne Madsen and Zeeshan Ashraf