Rashid Khan, Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi are amongst the PSL 2022 Platinum Players
Lahore Qalandars have released Fakhar Zaman from their roster for PSL 2022. Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi utilised their full quota of eight retentions while Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators retained seven players each at the PSL 2022 Retentions. The trade and release window of PSL 2022 closed on Friday (December 10). The teams will be allowed one Right to Match Card each during the PSL 2022 draft which will take place on December 12.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Imad Wasim were the Platinum category retentions for Kings while Qalandars retained Afghanistan legs spinner Rashid Khan and Shaheen Afridi in the Platinum category. 2019 champions Gladiators, who got hold of James Vince (Platinum), Shahid Afridi and Iftikhar Ahmed in the trading window, retained Sarfaraz Ahmed as the other Platinum player. It will be Shahid Afridi’s farewell season in the PSL, with the veteran allrounder moving from Sultans.
Current title holders Sultans retained Mohammad Rizwan and Rilee Rossouw in the Platinum category while two-time champions United who brought in Azam Khan via trade, retained Asif Ali and promoted him as a Platinum player. Hasan Ali is the other Platinum retention for the United. Zalmi went for Liam Livingstone and Wahab Riaz as Platinum retentions.
PSL 2022 Player retention list and remaining picks
Islamabad United (8) for PSL 2022 – Asif Ali, Hasan Ali (both Platinum), Faheem Ashraf (Diamond), Shadab Khan (Diamond, Brand Ambassador), Alex Hales (Gold, Mentor), Azam Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr (both Gold) and Paul Stirling (Silver). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 1, Gold – 0, Silver – 4, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.
Karachi Kings (8) for PSL 2022 – Babar Azam, Imad Wasim (both Platinum), Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nabi (both Diamond), Joe Clarke (Gold, Brand Ambassador), Aamir Yamin, Sharjeel Khan (both Gold) and Mohammad Ilyas (Silver). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 1, Gold – 0, Silver – 4, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.
Lahore Qalandars (8) for PSL 2022 – Rashid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi (both Platinum), Haris Rauf (Diamond, Brand Ambassador), David Wiese, Mohammad Hafeez (both Diamond), Ahmed Daniyal, Sohail Akhtar and Zeeshan Ashraf (all Silver). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 0, Gold – 3, Silver – 2, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.
Multan Sultans (7) for PSL 2022 – Mohammad Rizwan, Rilee Rossouw (both Platinum), Imran Tahir (Diamond, Mentor), Sohaib Maqsood (Diamond), Khushdil Shah (Gold, Brand Ambassador), Shahnawaz Dahani and Shan Masood (both Gold). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 1, Gold – 0, Silver – 5, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.
Peshawar Zalmi (8) for PSL 2022 – Liam Livingstone, Wahab Riaz (both Platinum), Haider Ali, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik (all Diamond), Hussain Talat (Gold), Saqib Mahmood (Gold, Brand Ambassador) and Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Silver). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 0, Gold – 1, Silver – 4, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.
Quetta Gladiators (7) for PSL 2022 – James Vince, Sarfaraz Ahmed (both Platinum), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz (both Diamond), Shahid Afridi (Gold, Mentor), Mohammad Hasnain (Gold, Brand Ambassador) and Naseem Shah (Gold). Remaining picks: Platinum – 1, Diamond – 1, Gold – 0, Silver – 5, Emerging – 2, Supplementary – up to 2.
As per the PSL rules, each franchise can have up to 18 players in their squad, including three each in Platinum, Diamond and Gold categories, five Silver, two Emerging and up to two Supplementary categories.
Joe Root, Dawid Malan lead England’s fight with century stand
England captain Joe Root proved yet again why is the top-ranked Test batter in the world, while Dawid Malan continued his love affair with the Australian bowling as England fought their way back from near oblivion to erase most of the 278-run first-innings deficit and keep themselves in the game.
The pair have so far put together an unbroken 159-run stand for the third wicket, with Root making 86, while Malan finished the day on 80 to leave England just 58 runs behind with eight second-innings wickets in hand. They came together at 2 for 61 midway through the day with England 207 runs behind and staring at a possible innings defeat. The century stand has helped England cut down the trail to 58 runs.
Brief scores: England 147 (Jos Buttler 39; Pat Cummins 5-38) and 220/2 (Joe Root 86*; Pat Cummins 1-43) trail Australia 425 (Travis Head 152; Ollie Robinson 3-58) by 58 runs.