Teams pick players in HBL PSL 7 supplementary and replacement draft
Lahore, 8 January 2022: The six HBL Pakistan Super League teams bolstered their rosters even more on Saturday, selecting more players and submitting partial replacements for players who were absent for the first few matches in a virtual supplementary and replacement draught.
The champions of the 2020 edition, Karachi Kings, had the first extra selection, which they used to add Sahibzada Farhan, the PCB Domestic Cricketer of the Year Award 2021, to their roster.
The Lahore Qalandars selected pacer Mohammad Imran Randhawa with the second pick in the opening round. Islamabad United selected pacer Musa Khan, who will play for them in 2019, 2020, and 2021; Quetta Gladiators reserved their pick; Multan Sultans selected England pacer David Willey; and Peshawar Zalmi selected Mohammad Umar.
The second round was played in reverse order, with Peshawar Zalmi, the winners of the HBL PSL’s second edition, going first and reserving their spot. Multan Sultans re-signed Rizwan Hussain, Quetta Gladiators re-signed Ghulam Mudassar, Islamabad United re-signed Zahir Khan, Lahore Qalandars bolstered their pace department with the signing of Akif Javed, and Karachi Kings re-signed Jordan Thompson.
Out of the two supplemental picks, each team was entitled to select a maximum of one foreign cricketer.
Multan Sultans took advantage of the opportunity to change players who were only partially available in the HBL PSL 7 by replacing Odean Smith with wicketkeeper-batsman Johnson Charles and Rovman Powell with Dominic Drakes.
Naveen-ul-Haq was replaced by Luke Wood, James Vince by Will Smeed, Jason Roy by Shimron Hetmyer, and Afghanistan’s Noor Ahmed by Ali Imran for the Quetta Gladiators.
The Karachi Kings replaced Pakistan U19 captain Qasim Akram, who is on national duty in the West Indies for the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup, with left-arm spinner Mohammad Taha Khan, and kept Tom Abell as their pick.
Mohammad Huraira, who had a fantastic debut first-class season, stroking a triple-century and ending as the highest run-getter in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, was replaced by Qasim’s teammate Zeeshan Zamir.
Ben Dunk rejoined the Lahore Qalandars after the English wicketkeeper-batter Phil Salt was unavailable for a few games.
The Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators each reserved one additional pick, while all five franchises, with the exception of the Quetta Gladiators, reserved their replacement round picks.
Saturday’s picks are as follows:
United Islamabad – Musa Khan and Zahir Khan will compete in the supplemental round (Silver). Mohammad Huraira is in the replacement round (Emerging)
Sahibzada Farhan and Jordan Thompson are in the supplemental round for the Karachi Kings (both Silver). Mohammad Taha Khan is in the replacement round (Emerging)
Qalandars of Lahore – Mohammad Imran Randhawa and Akif Javed will compete in the supplemental round (both Silver). Ben Dunk is in the replacement round (Gold)
In the supplementary round, the Multan Sultans have David Willey (Diamond) and Rizwan Hussain (Silver). Johnson Charles and Dominic Drakes are in the replacement round (both Silver)
Mohammad Umer of Peshawar Zalmi is in the supplemental round (Emerging).
Quetta Gladiators – In supplementary round: Ghulam Mudassar (Emerging). In replacement round: Luke Wood, Will Smeed and Ali Imran (all Silver), Shimron Hetmyer (Diamond)