Mustafizur, Steyn, Gayle in PSL draft

As many as 25 overseas players have been named in platinum category of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 draft.

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Dawid Malan and Rashid Khan, world No.1 T20I batsmen and bowler respectively, have been named. West Indian legend Chris Gayle has also put his name up for grabs.

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Dale Steyn, who opted out of IPL 2021, is in the platinum list which includes his long-time South African teammates Morne Morkel and Imran Tahir as well.

Seven South Aficans, five players each from England and West Indies, three Afghans, two Sri Lankans, and one each from Australia, Nepal and  Bangladesh are in the platinum list.

The only Bangladeshi is Mustafizur Rahman, who had played five matches for Lahore Qalandars in the 2018 edition.

Chris Lynn is the only Aussie. He made 284 runs at a strike rate of 179.74 for Lahore Qalandars in the last season.

Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane might be another leg-spinner to be sought.

The draft in Lahore is scheduled for January 10 (Sunday). The tournament is slotted for February-March.

The last edition ended in November, which saw Karachi Kings claim the title. Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal (Qalandars, runners-up) and Mahmudullah Riyad (Multan Sultans) were called as replacements in the play-offs although the latter could not make way to Pakistan due to positive COVID result.

PSL 2021 draft list (platinum, overseas): Lendl Simmons, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Tom Banton (England), Colin Ingram, Imran Tahir, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel (South Africa), Chris Lynn (Australia), Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, (Sri Lanka), Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

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