Most awaited cricket battle of T20, Pakistan Super League (PSL) cricket tournament happens every year with 6 teams battling against each other since 2016. Following is the list of all PSL retained players by all the 6 franchises for season 2020.
Karachi Kings player retention’s:
Imad Waseem being the brand ambassador is retained by Karachi Kings as a Diamond category Player in the tournament. Karachi Kings has retained two Platinum category members, Babar Azam and Muhammad Amir. The Diamond category player Iftikhar Ahmed, Amir Yamin (Gold category) and Usama Mir(silver category) retained by Karachi Kings too. Karachi Kings also retained an Emerging Category player Umar Khan.
All retained players by Peshawar Zalmi:
Peshawar Zalmi retains last season’s most wicket-taker medium-fast bowler Hasan Ali as Platinum category player along with Wahab Riaz and Kieron Pollard. Kamran Akmal is of the Diamond category player and the brand ambassador of Peshawar Zalmi. Daren Sammy (Gold), Imam-ul-Haq (Gold), and Umar Amin as a Silver category player are also retained by Zalmi.
Lahore Qalandars retains 8 players for season 5:
Former Karachi Kings Player Usman Shinwari is retained by Lahore Qalandars this time as a Diamond category player. Qalandars retained two Platinum members, Fakhar Zaman and Muhammad Hafeez. Shaheen Shah Afridi is a brand ambassador and Diamond category player along with David Wiese (Diamond). Harris Rauf (Gold), Sohail Akhtar (Gold), And Salman Butt is retained as Silver category Player.
Quetta Gladiators retains Sarfraz Ahmad among others:
Quetta Gladiators, the defending champions retained Muhammad Nawaz and Sarfaraz Ahmed as Platinum category players. Shane Watson as Diamond and Ahmed Shahzad as Diamond category player. Other retentions are Umar Akmal, the brand ambassador and Muhammad Hasnain (Gold), Naseem Shah and Ahsan Ali as a Silver category player in the tournament.
Players retained by Islamabad united are Shadab khan (Platinum), Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf (Diamond), Luke Ronchi and Hussain Talat (Gold), Ammad Butt, Musa Khan, and Rizwan Hussain as Silver category players.
This season, Multan Sultan has retained an Emerging young talent Muhammad Ilyas and Muhammad Irfan as a platinum member. Shahid Afridi, the most sensational player of Pakistan Cricket team is retained as Diamond category player and mentor. James Vince (brand ambassador & Gold), Junaid Khan (Gold), Shan Masood and Ali Shafiq retained as Silver category players.
After the wonderful success of the first 4 PSL seasons, PCB has decided to host all the matches of Pakistan Super League season 5 here in Pakistan. A great step towards bringing international cricket back to Pakistan and proving to the rest of the world that we are a peaceful country.
Now that PSL season 5 is being hosted in Pakistan, PCB has announced to reduce the team from 21 players to 18 players. PCB chairman added that there will be no need of having extra players this time. Also, the franchises can have a maximum of 8 retentions. Every franchise must pick at least two emerging category players. This will give rising talent players a chance to come forward and show their talent to the world.
Every franchise must pick at least 3 Platinum players, 5 Silver category players while keeping count of each Gold and Diamond players to 3. A franchise can also choose 2 supplementary players in the team.