PSL 2020 auction: Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 is all set to kick start from February 14 with its auction scheduled to take place on December 6. Ahead of the players’ draft which is about to take place this month, all six franchises have released the complete list of players who have been retained and released for the fifth edition of the T20 league slated to take place early next year.
All the players from Pakistan cricket have been retained by their respective franchises ahead of the auctions, with each team keeping a maximum of eight players in possession.
Two-time PSL champions Islamabad United have retained Musa Khan, Asif Ali, and leg-spinner Shadab Khan along with Kiwi cricketer Luke Ronchi. Lahore Qalandars, who are yet to win a PSL title, have retained the likes of Sohail Akhtar, Salman Butt, Haris Rauf, along with South African cricketer David Wiese who is currently busy with Mzansi Super League (MSL) proceedings.
Pakistan’s current T20I skipper Babar Azam has been successfully retained by Karachi Kings. The franchise has also laid faith in Mohammad Amir, Iftikhar Ahmed and all-rounder Imad Wasim for the coming season.
Two-time runners up and defending champions Quetta Gladiators have continued with Sarfaraz Ahmed in spite of former Pakistan skipper’s faltering exhibitions with the bat off late. In fact, his performances with the bat were one of the primary reasons behind his axing from the squad for the tour of Australia. Along with Sarfaraz, the Gladiators have also retained Naseem Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, and former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has been retained by Multan Sultans along with James Vince, Mohammad Irfan, Shan Masood, and Junaid Khan.
Peshawar Zalmi, who had won the title back in 2017 have retained a total of 7 players namely – Wahab Riaz, Umar Amin, Kamran Akmal, Hasan Ali, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard, and Imam-ul-Haq.
Here’s the complete information of the players released and retained by the PSL franchises ahead of the auctions.
PSL 2020 auction: Full list of players retained and released by PSL franchises
Players retained – Faheem Ashraf (Diamond as Brand Ambassador), Shadab Khan (Platinum), Asif Ali (Diamond), Hussain Talat (Gold), Luke Ronchi (Gold as player mentor), Musa Khan, Amad Butt, and Rizwan Hussain (Silver).
Players released – Zahir Khan, Zafar Gohar, Wayne Parnell, Waqas Maqsood, Samit Patel, Sahibzada Farhan, Rumman Raees, Philip Salt, Nasir Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Ian Bell, Chadwick Walton, Cameron Delport, Alex Hales.
Players retained – Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam (both Platinum), Iftikhar Ahmed (Diamond), Imad Wasim (Diamond as Brand Ambassador), Usama Mir (Silver), Aamir Yamim (Gold), and Umer Khan (Emerging).
Players released – Sohail Khan, Sikandar Raza, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Rizwan, Liam Livingstone, Jaahid Ali, Colin Munro, Colin Ingram, Ben Dunk, Awais Zia, Ali Imran, Abrar Ahmed, Aaron Summers, Usman Shinwari (transferred to Lahore Qalandars)
Players retained – Saman Butt (Silver), Sohail Akhtar, Haris Rauf (both Gold), Usman Shinwari (Diamond, transferred from Karachi Kings), David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi (Diamond as Brand Ambassador), Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman (both Platinum).
Players released – Yasir Shah, Umair Masood, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shad Ali, Ryan ten Doechate (unavailable in PSL 2020), Riki Wessels, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Imran, Hassan Khan, Haris Sohail, Hardus Viljoen, Gohar Ali, Corey Anderson (unavailable in PSL 2020), Carlos Brathwaite, Brendan Taylor, Asela Gunaratne, Anton Devich, Aizaz Cheema, Agha Salman, AB de Villiers (unavailable in PSL 2020)
Players retained – Shahid Afridi (Diamond as player mentor), Mohammad Irfan (Platinum), Junaid Khan (Gold), James Vince (Gold as Brand Ambassador), Shan Masood, Ali Shafiq (both Silver), and Mohammad Ilyas (Emerging).
Players released – Umar Siddiq, Tom Moores, Steve Smith (unavailable in PSL 2020), Shoaib Malik, Shakeel Ansar, Qais Ahmed, Numan Ali, Nicholas Pooran, Mohammad Junaid, Mohammad Abbas, M Irfan Khan, Laurie Evans, Johnson Charles, Joe Denly, Hammad Azam, Dan Christian, Chris Green, Andre Russell (unavailable in PSL 2020)
Players retained – Kieron Pollard, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali (all Platinum), Kamran Akmal (Diamond as Brand Ambassador), Imam-ul-Haq (Gold), Darren Sammy (Gold as player mentor), and Umar Amin (Silver).
Players released – Wayne Madson, Waqar Salamkheil, Umaid Asif, Tymal Mills, Sohaib Maqsood, Samiullah, Sameen Gul, Nabi Gul, Liam Dawson, Lendl Simmons, Khalid Usman, Jamal Anwar, Ibtesam Sheikh, Dawid Malan, Chris Jordan, Andre Fletcher, Misbah ul Haq (unavailable in PSL 2020).
Players retained – Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz (both Platinum), Ahmed Shehzad (Diamond), Shane Watson (Diamond as player mentor), Umar Akmal (Gold as Brand Ambassador), Naseem Shah (Silver), Mohammad Hasnain (Gold), Ahsan Ali (Silver).
Players released – Dwayne Bravo, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Rilee Rossouw, Saud Shakil, Mohammad Irfan Jr, Mohammad Azam Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Jalat Khan, Harry Gurney, Ghulam Mudassar, Fawad Ahmed, Dwayne Smith, Danish Aziz