The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released the preliminary list of 325 local players who have been assigned Gold, Silver and Emerging categories as well as the list of Gold Category foreign players for the HBL Pakistan Super League Player Draft 2019. The list of 325 local players comprises on all cricketers (the domestic first, second XI squads and U19 cricketers).
Players have been assigned a base category of Gold who have already represented Pakistan at the international level according to this year’s policy. The cut-off date for these records was the same that applied to category renewals of local players that took place last month. The list was reviewed and approved by Nadeem Khan (Coordinator – National Selection Committee) and Imran Ahmad Khan (Head of Player Acquisition & Management PSL).
True to its tradition of promoting young Pakistani talent, at least two emerging cricketers in a squad of 16 are required by teams as an HBL PSL rules. Players need to be U23 as on 1st January 2020 to qualify for this category. Each team can nominate up to two talent hunt discoveries and up to six emerging players.
No of players, 48 Eng, 40 WI, 19 SL, 10 Ban, six Afg, four each from NZ and Aus 3 each from SA, Ireland and Zimbabwe, and one each from Canada, Scotland, the Netherlands and the USA have registered in the gold category.
List of Gold category (Local Players) are:
Abid Ali, Asad Ali, Adnan Akmal, Awais Zia, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Mir Hamza, Bilal Asif, Imran Nazir, Bilawal Bhatti, Ehsan Adil, Fawad Alam, Imran Farhat, Imran Khan Jr, Imran Khan Sr, Usman Sallahuddin, Mohammad Talha, Khurram Manzoor, Mansoor Amjad, Raza Hasan, Mukhtar Ahmed, Umar Gul, Nauman Anwar, Saad Naseem, Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan (subject to completion of his rehabilitation) and Zulfiqar Babar.