PSL 2019: The Sixth Team picks Steve Smith for the upcoming edition
He was placed in the platinum category in the player drafts.
Updated - Nov 20, 2018 4:33 pm
The players draft process of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for the upcoming fourth edition is currently in progress as the franchises are rebuilding their teams. The banned Australian cricketer is set to ply his trade for the first time in the tournament as he has been snaffled by the Sixth team which is being managed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at the moment.
The previous franchise Multan Sultans was discontinued for the financial reasons a few days ago and until any franchise is finalised for them, it will be known as ‘the Sixth team’. Smith was placed in the Platinum Category for the drafts and it is no surprise that he has found a team as soon as his name went under the hammer. He will be earning between US $140,000 and $230,000 which is approximately Rs 1 Crore – Rs 1.64 Crore for his services to the team.
Smith keen on making it count
On a day when Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed that they will not be lifting the bans on Steve Smith and the other two cricketers, this comes as a delighting news for the former Australian cricketer. He will be keen on doing well in this competition as the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played soon after the PSL and most importantly, his ban will be nearing its end.
Australia’s best batsman will have to be at his best in order to stake his claim in the national team once again. With the World Cup coming, even the defending champions will be surely wanting him back in the team.
His ban ends on March 29 next year after which the Smith will be playing in the IPL and then directly in the showpiece event in England but won’t be leading his country.