The third season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is about to start and the teams are currently in the process of deciding their line-ups for the flagship event scheduled to begin in February 2018.
The PSL Player’s Draft will be held next month in October and we look at some of the transfer gossip surrounding the much-awaited T20 league.
With the teams restricted to retain only 10 players for the new season (2 Platinum, 2 Diamond, 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Emerging) a lot of transfer activity is expected to happen as franchises try to finalise the squad which can see them all the way in the third edition of the PSL.
Karachi Kings, who did not enjoy the success many though they would in the first two seasons, are expected to part ways with either veteran all-rounder, and their captain for the first edition, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard or fiery opener Chris Gayle.
Gayle, who did not live up to expectations in the last edition, is most likely to part ways as the Karachi outfit will want to retain their star player, Muhammad Amir, for the next edition.
Quite surprisingly, Kumar Sangakkara, who was the team’s second-highest run-getter with 215 runs in the last event, is expected to part ways with the Kings as the franchise looks to add more firepower to its squad.
Umar Akmal, despite his strong showing in the last edition where he finished as the third-highest run scorer for his team, will mostly likely be released by the Lahore Qalandars who will be looking to add more reliability to their squad following two heart-breaking campaigns where they did not manage to go beyond the group stages.
Being thwarted in the final by Peshawar Zalmi certainly must not have settled well with Quetta Gladiators who are expected to make the most changes with Ahmed Shehzad, Zulfiqar Babar, Umar Gul, Tymal Mills, Thisara Perera and Luke Wright all expected to be released as the Gladiators gear up for another season where they hope to bring the silverware which has been eluding them since the last two seasons.
Peshawar Zalmi, the reigning champions, are not expected to make many changes to their squad and only England’s Eoin Morgan and Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal expected to part ways with the Peshawar outfit.
Islamabad United, who are as steady as the man leading them Misbahul Haq, are expected to only part ways with Muhammad Irfan following the lanky pacer’s involvement in last edition’s damning fixing scandal.
The pacer was banned for six months for not informing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of advances made by the bookies and is really short of game time.
For more PSL transfer news and updates keep following the blog as we build up to the PSL3 Player’s Draft