All you need to know about PSL Draft 2018

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LAHORE: A total of 663 foreign and local players are part of the Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging rosters of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Player Draft being held in Islamabad today (Tuesday).

On top of this, an impressive Platinum player roster this season includes the likes of AB de Villiers, Steve Smith, Kieron Pollard, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Luke Ronchi, Thisara Perera, Corey Anderson, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo.

As part of this season’s Draft, teams have the option of retaining up to 10 players from last season’s squads. The retention window closes on 13 November.

The season has already seen a number of big ticket trades including the move of Windies spinner Sunil Narine and Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal from Lahore Qalandars to Quetta Gladiators. The trade window officially closes on 12 November.

Each squad of 16 players comprises three Platinum, three Diamond, three Gold, five Silver and two Emerging players.

Pakistan Super League returns to action on 14 February 2019!

What is the value of each category?

Platinum (US $570,000): Teams can have a maximum three players with no more than two local or foreigners. The base price $160,000 and the maximum for one player is $250,000.

Diamond (US $270,000): Teams can have a maximum of three players and the base price starts from $80,000. The maximum one player can get $100,000.

Gold (US $180,000): Teams can have a maximum of three players, with base price $50,000. The maximum a team can pay a player is $70,000.

Silver (US $140,000): Teams can have five players with the base price being $24,000. The maximum for one player is $40,000.

Emerging (US $25,000): Two players can be in a side with prices of $12,000 and $13,000 respectively.

Supplement (US $175,000): This category doesn’t have a maximum and minimum payroll. It’s an additional round, allowing teams to pick extra players as backup. They can pick a maximum of four players from the purse of $175,000. All foreign supplementary round picks will be active members of the squad. All local supplementary round picks may be confirmed as active players at the discretion of the team.

What is the “Sixth Team”?

The PCB recently terminated the eight-year ownership rights of Multan Sultans after the franchise failed to pay their annual fee of US $5.2 million.

The PCB repossessed the ownership rights and are reselling the rights before the start of next year’s PSL. Pending further updates, the team shall be referred to as ‘The Sixth Team’ of the PSL.

The new rights holder will have the option of choosing the sixth franchise city and name. The board took complete responsibility of all player and coach contracts, and will handover the operation to the new rights holders.