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Monday Sep 25 2017

Players draft for PSL 3rd edition likely to be held earlier

KARACHI: The management of Pakistan Super League (PSL) is in discussion with franchise owners to prepone the proposed date for players draft ahead of the third edition of the T20 league.

The draft for the PSL third edition is tentatively scheduled to be held in Lahore on November 10, but the date is now likely to be pulled earlier by couple of weeks.

“Two franchises have suggested that they’ll be busy in November for South Africa’s T20 Global League so the dates for players draft should be brought earlier,” said a source privy to the matter.

“A final date and procedure for players draft is likely to be announced this week,” the source added.

Two PSL franchises, Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmis, have also bought franchises in South Africa’s T20 Global League which starts on November 3.

Meanwhile, the franchises are in final phase of retaining and releasing players. The cut-off date given to the teams by PSL management is October 5 to submit the names of players they intend to retain for the next edition.

“Players released by the franchises will go back to draft,” the source said.

“Multan Sultan will pick 9 or 10 players, number is yet to be decided before the draft and Multan’s pre-draft picks will be from the players released by the other franchises,” it added.

All the franchises are told to release players from all the categories to provide Multan Sultans a level playing field.