Here's why Chris Gayle went unpicked in the 2018 PSL Draft


Two of the fittest players of Pakistan, Fawad Alam and Shan Masood, were once again neglected by Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the drafts held at Lahore on Sunday.

"Najam Sethi reiterated Pakistan Super League's stance against anti-corruption and vowed to further strengthen the League's anti-corruption efforts", he said.

'This is the league that will bring cricket back home, ' said Sethi, adding that the lineup of players this time around is better than ever before.

"Franchises informed chairman PCB that this league can jeopardise financial plans not only for the teams but also of the PSL as a product", said a source.

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A total of 501 foreign and local cricketers were available for selection at the draft.

Lahore Qalandars: Brendon McCullum (c), Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport, Aamer Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Khan, Chris Lynn, Mustafizur Rahman, Bilal Asif, Raza Hasan, Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ghulam Mudassar.

Karachi Kings, owned by Salman Iqbal picked Colin Ingram as their platinum category player while Multan Sultans would be going with Imran Tahir, both the players belong to South Africa.

Peshawar Zalmi: Darren Sammy (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shakib al Hasan, Kamran Akmal, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar, Dwayne Bravo, Tamim Iqbal, Hammad Azam, Saad Nasim, Taimoor Sultan, Sameen Gul, Ibtisam Sheikh.

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Quetta Gladiators have picked pacer Rahat Ali.

"All franchises unanimously chose to increase the players salary cap by United States dollars 25,000, allowing teams to pick a squad of 21 players for this season", said a PCB spokesman.

While Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans picked their top players in the first round, it was Islamabad United along with Lahore that finished looking menacing, on paper at least, given the depth of their squads. The cricketers were segregated into six different categories such as Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, Emerging and Supplementary. Apart from the older five franchises, sixth team Multan Sultans also participated in the auction.

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"Rumman has come leaps and bounds from when we picked him up in the first PSL draft".