PSL 2023: Full squads of all six teams

The likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad went unsold in the PSL Draft.

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The Pakistan Super League (PSL) Players' Draft took place on December 15 in Karachi, where all six teams finalised their squad for the eighth season of the T20 tournament. Over 900 players were available for selection as they were divided into five categories - Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver, Emerging and Supplementary.

Courtesy of their win in the previous season, Lahore Qalandars were given the first pick from the Platinum category while Quetta Gladiators, Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi followed one by one.

There was drama right from the word go as Quetta Gladiators used their Right To Match (RTM) card in the very first round of the draft and took back Naseem Shah from Multan Sultans. The franchise also made some top-notch foreign signings by bringing David Miller, Josh Little, Akeal Hosein and Adil Rashid into the squad.

Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam changed colours right before the PSL Draft as he will be seen leading the Peshawar Zalmi in the upcoming season. The 28-year-old was present at the table and made some bold moves by bringing in the likes of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rovman Powell, Mujeeb ur Rahman, and Jimmy Neesham among others.

Islamabad United too didn’t shy away from bringing some of the heavy hitters of the game as they signed English opener Alex Hales and Rahmanullah Gurbaz for PSL 8. Meanwhile, the Karachi Kings signed the veteran Imran Tahir along with Matthew Wade, James Vince and Andrew Tye among other foreign players.

The defending champions, Lahore Qalandars signed the T20 sensation Sikandar Raza while Quetta Gladiators signed the leading wicket-taker of the T20 World Cup, Wanindu Hasaranga. The team also signed Odean Smith and Martin Guptill for the forthcoming season. 

Notably, the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad went unsold in the PSL Draft.

Full Squad of all six teams for PSL 2023

Lahore Qalandars

Rashid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, David Wiese, Abdullah Shafique, Harry Brook, Kamran Ghulam, Zaman Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Hussain Talat, Sikandar Raza, Liam Dawson, Dilbar Hussain, Mirza Tahir Baig, Ahmed Danlyal, Shawaiz Irfan, Jordan Cox, Jalat Khan

Quetta Gladiators

Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Jason Roy, Mohammad Hasnain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Naveen ul Haq, Umar Akmal, Will Smeed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Naseem Shah, Odean Smith, Ahsan Ali, Umaid Asif, Muhammad Zahid, Abdul Bangalzai, Aimal Khan, Martin Guptill, Omair Bin Yousuf

Multan Sultans

Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw, Shan Masood, Shahnawaz Dahani, Tim David, Abbas Afridi, Ihsanullah, David Miller, Josh Little, Akeal Hosein, Usama Mir, Usman Khan, Sameen Gul, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Sarwar, Adil Rashid, Arafat Minhas

Peshawar Zalmi

Babar Azam, Sherfane Rutherford, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Haris, Aamir Jamal, Salman Irshad, Tom-Kohler Cadmore, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rovman Powell, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Danish Aziz, Arshad Iqbal, Saim Ayub, Usman Qadir, Suifyan Muqeem, Haseeb Ullah, Jimmy Neesham

Islamabad United

Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Colin Munro, Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abrar Ahmed, Sohaib Maqsood, Rumman Raees, Zeeshan Zamir, Hassan Nawaz, Moeen Ali, Mubasir Khan

Karachi Kings

Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Malik, Aamir Yamin, Mir Hamza, Sharjeel Khan, Qasim Akram, Matthew Wade, Imran Tahir, James Vince, James Fuller, Andrew Tye, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Akhlaq, Irfan Khan Niazi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mohammad Umar