Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 will once again showcase Pakistan’s best talent as the categories of players who participated in the 2020 edition have now been completed. Pakistani captain Babar Azam, who was the Player of the Tournament in the 2020 edition after scoring 473 runs in 12 games, is joined by Karachi Kings teammates Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir in the Platinum category. Islamabad United captain Shadab Khan continues in the Platinum category, even as his teammate Faheem Ashraf moves into the Diamond category for PSL 2021.
The Peshawar Zalmi trio of Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz has been placed in the Platinum category, while fast bowler Hasan Ali moves to the Diamond category.
Multan Sultans captain Shan Masood has moved up to the Diamond category with his impressive performances at PSL 2020 and the National T20 Cup. Shan’s teammates Shahid Afridi and Sohail Tanvir have been placed in the Platinum category.
Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is in the Platinum category, while fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain is moving from Gold to Diamond after finishing as Quetta’s leading wicket-taker in the PSL 2020 with 15 wickets.
Fakhar Zaman, who finished as the second highest scorer in PSL 2020 with 325 runs in 12 games for Lahore Qalandars, continues in the Platinum category, where he is joined by teammates Mohammad Hafeez and Shaheen Shah Afridi, the highest wicket taker of PSL 2020.
Qalandar’s pacesetter Haris Rauf’s rapid rise continues as the fast bowler goes from gold to diamond. He is the leading wicket taker in 2020 with 57 scalps at 7:57 p.m.
With the category renewal process and pick order completed, the transfer and retention window is now officially open.
As part of the category renewal process, franchise representatives had to vote for each player. Teams were not allowed to vote for their own players, but submitted assessment requests at the end of this voting phase.
The list was then reviewed by Director – High Performance Nadeem Khan and GM Commercial Imran Ahmed Khan, who has been the player who took over the player for PSL since 2017.
Factors such as national team performance, domestic performance and perceived T20 brand equity were considered when finalizing the categories of local players.
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