LAHORE: The Karachi Kings has picked former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik as its top pick in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which is currently being held in Lahore.
The pick was announced at the ceremony attended by the owners of the five franchise teams Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars, their managements and coaches as well as PSL ambassadors Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja.
The ceremony was addressed by the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Executive Committee Najam Sethi.
The draft pick allows the five PSL teams to select players from a pool of 310, spread across five categories: Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging.
The PCB had earlier said: “Five players, including the two Pakistanis, have been given the added role of being brand ambassadors for the PSL and their teams, in lieu of which they will be paid an additional amount aside from match fee. These players include Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson.”
Karachi Kings picked all rounder Imad Wasim in the fourth round draft. He has played five T20 internationals and has scored 60 runs in his career.
Ravi Bopara of England was also picked by Karachi Kings.
Lahore Qalandars selected Mohammad Rizwan as their next draft pick.
Anwar Ali was picked by Quetta Gladiators.
Seven foot pacer Mohammad Irfan and West Indies’ Samuel Badree is selected by Islamabad United.
Wicket keeper batsman Kamran Akmal was selected by Peshawar Zalmi.
Karachi Kings pick England’s all rounder Ravi Bopara in the second stage of fourth round.
Australia’s former wicket keeper Brad Haddin goes to Islamabad United.
Lahore Qalandar selected Pakistan’s leg spinner Yasir Shah.
Jason Holder of West Indies was picked by Quetta Gladiators.
Peshawar Zalmi selected Pakistan’s opener Mohammad Hafeez and England’s Chris Jordan.
In the third round of the PSL draft pick, Karachi Kings selected left arm bowler Sohail Tanvir in their team.
Fast bowler Wahab Riaz was selected by Peshawar Zalmi.
Dwayne Bravo of West Indies was selected by Lahore Qalandars.
Quetta Gladiators picked West Indian batsman Darren Sammy and Ahmed Shehzad in the draft pick.
In the second round of the draft pick, the Karachi Kings chose arguably Bangladesh’s best cricketer ever Shakib Al Hasan. Hasan has captained his country in Tests, ODIs and T20s.
Misbah-ul-Haq and Andre Russell of West Indies was selected by Islamabad United.
Lahore Qalandars selected Umar Akmal in their side.
Peshawar Zalmi was the first team to make the pick and it chose Pakistan’s T20 captain Shahid Afridi.
Shoaib Malik was the second player to be picked in the first round of the platinum draft — he was chosen by the Karachi Kings.
Australian Shane Watson was picked by Islamabad United
This was followed by the Quetta Gladiators who picked England batsman Kevin Petersen and the first round ended with the Lahore Qalandars picking explosive West Indian batsman Chris Gayle.