Pakistan Super League: PSL 2018 Squads

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The Pakistan Super League’s third season (PSL 2018) is about to kick off, and so we bring to you the complete list of PSL 2018 squads and teams, which includes the retained players and the players who were drafted at the PSL 2018 Draft, which was held on November 12 in Lahore.

The six PSL 2018 Teams

  1. Islamabad United
  2. Karachi Kings
  3. Lahore Qalandars
  4. Peshawar Zalmi
  5. Quetta Gladiators
  6. Multan Sultans

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PSL 2018 Squads

Islamabad United Retained players: Mohammad Sami, Andre Russell, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Samuel Badree, Iftikhar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Asif Ali

Players picked in the draft: Samit Patel (as cover for Asela Gunaratne who was a cover for JP Duminy), Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Sam Billings, Zafar Gohar, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat

Supplementary players: Alex Hales, Steven Finn (replaced David Willey), Mohammad Hasan, Mohammad Hasnain

Emerging category players: Rohail Nazir

Karachi Kings Retained players: Imad Wasim (captain), Usman Khan, Usama Mir, Khurram Manzoor, Ravi Bopara, Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Shahid Afridi

Players picked in the draft: Colin Ingram, Joe Denly (replaced Luke Wright), David Wiese, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan Jr, Hasan Mohsin, Tymal Mills (replaced Mitchell Johnson)

Supplementary players: Lendl Simmons (replaced Colin Munro), Eoin Morgan, Saifullah Bangash

Emerging category players: Mohammad Taha, Mushtaq Ahmed Kalhoro

Peshawar Zalmi Retained players: Mohammad Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Shakib al Hasan, Kamran Akmal, Darren Sammy, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Asghar

Players picked in the draft: Dwayne Bravo, Tamim Iqbal, Hammad Azam, Saad Nasim, Taimoor Sultan, Sameen Gul, Ibtisam Sheikh

Supplementary players: Andre Fletcher, Evin Lewis, Khalid Usman, Muhammad Arif

Emerging category players: Khushdil Shah

Quetta Gladiators Retained players: Sarfraz Ahmed, Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Mahmudullah, Umar Amin, Mir Hamza, Asad Shafiq

Players picked in the draft: Shane Watson, Jofra Archer (replaced Carlos Brathwaite), Rahat Ali, Rameez Raja Jr, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Hassan Khan

Emerging category players: Mohammad Junaid

Supplementary players: Jason Roy, Rashid Khan, Moin Khan (jr.), Faraz Ahmed

Lahore Qalandars Retained players: Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport, Aamer Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Khan

Players picked in the draft: Chris Lynn, Mustafizur Rehman, Bilal Asif, Raza Hasan, Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ghulam Mudassar

Supplementary players: Anton Devcich (replaced Angelo Mathews), Mitchell McClenaghan, Gulraiz Sadaf

Emerging category players: Imran Khan Jr.  Salman Irshad

Multan Sultans Pre-draft players: Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Irfan Khan, Kashif Bhatti

Players picked in the draft: Imran Tahir, Darren Bravo, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Abbas, Nicholas Pooran, Abdullah Shafique, Saif Badar

Supplementary players: Hardus Viljoen, Umar Gul, Umar Siddiq, Ross Whiteley

Emerging category players: Shan Masood


All of the six PSL 2018 squads were allowed to have a maximum of nine players going into the PSL 2018 Draft. After having retained nine players before the PSL 2018 Draft, the teams were to pick up 11 more cricketers for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2018) using the Draft.

These players were to be picked in different rounds – Platinum Round, Diamond Round, Gold Round, Silver Round (two players), Emerging Players Round (two players) and the Supplementary Player Round (four players).

Foreign players in PSL 2018 squads will be paid a huge sum of $10,000 per match, to play in Pakistan’s National T20 league’s upcoming season.

Player Salaries:

Platinum category: $140,000-230,000

Diamond category: $75,000-80,000

Gold category: $50,000-60,000

Silver category: $22,000-33,000

Emerging category: $10,000-12,000

Cricket Returns to Pakistan

In PSL 2018, as many as eight games are expected to be played in Pakistan, including a couple fixtures in Lahore and Karachi. As reported by the official Pakistan Super League website, PSL Chairman Najam Sethi has already stated that the overseas players participating in PSL 2018 squads would play those Pakistan-based games as well.

The development has come in the backdrop of the nation having become a no-fly zone for international cricketers and cricket teams.

Pakistan had witnessed it’s international cricket getting suspended after a militant attack in 2009, which had targetter the Sri Lankan cricket team which was visiting the country for a cricket tournament. Ever since the incident, Pakistan had been playing almost all of it’s home-games in the UAE.


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