PSL 2024 auction: Interesting facts about the Date, venue, Process, and other detailed information
The PSL 2024 auction date has been finalized for the upcoming tournament that starts from 8th February (Thursday) to 24th March 2024 (Sunday). The matches will be held across four different locations in Pakistan namely Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi.
Defending Champions Lahore Qalandars will play against Islamabad United in the opening match held at Multan Cricket Stadium from 7:30 pm (8:00 pm IST).
A total number of 34 matches in PSL 2024, allows each team to play in a double-round-robin format that includes the playoffs.
The forthcoming season promises to include many exciting elements as different franchises have retained as well as released big players ahead of the PSL 2024 auction. At present, the trade window is open and franchises have been trading their players to other teams.
The PSL 2024 auction date is scheduled for 13th December 2023 (Wednesday).
It is officially announced by thePCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) that the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL ) draft will take place at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on 13th December.
However, the PCB will soon announce the timings for the HBL PSL draft 2024.
Due to the limited space of the hall, only PCB-accredited reporters will be granted access to the venue.
A PCB accreditation pass will be provided outside the venue before the commencement of the event.
Reporters with PCB accreditation will be able to collect their accreditation pass, outside the venue before the event commences.
The drafting process in the PSL 2024 auction is an essential process to determine the best possible combination for a team. Each year, six franchises in the PSL draft approximately 100 players. These franchises include:
- Lahore Qalandars
- Multan Sultans
- Quetta Gladiators
- Islamabad United
- Karachi Kings
- Peshawar Zalmi
During the draft process, franchises can select players from the list of talented and best-performing international cricketers.
The PSL 2024 auction involves a multi-stage drafting process for players that includes several factors:
All franchises need to prepare and submit a list of players retained ahead of the PSL 2024 auction. Each franchise must utilize its quota of retaining a maximum of 8 players.
Teams can retain their best players by releasing some other cricketers from the list.
Based on the players’ performance and experience, the PCB categorizes them into different groups to determine their salaries.
A draft order follows the planned selection of players to choose the most promising competitive cricketers from the different categories mentioned below:
- Platinum: The Highest category for upper-class players.
- Diamond: A reputable category for the superior players.
- Gold: A competing category for well-settled players.
- Silver: A category for players with consistent performance.
- Emerging: A category for rising young-talented players.
- Supplementary: A category for extra players to be included when required.
A franchise can include 16 to 18 players in their squad with these possible combinations:
|Maximum number of players
Teams must select their best combination on the above basis within the time duration of 2 minutes for the first three rounds participated. For the subsequent rounds, teams must pick their possible combination within 1.5 minutes.
A draft order is a team selection process that helps determine the sequence. The order is followed inversely based on the team’s standings in its preceding season. For instance, teams that ranked at the last position of the points table get the first preference.
Subsequently, the order follows inversely till the first position. This scheme maximizes the chances of weaker opposition to intensify their squad.
The representatives from each franchise gather together on the PSL 2024 auction day to make selections. In this event, each team is provided an opportunity to select a player from the available list of players.
To ensure all teams deserve a fair opportunity to select the desired players, a draft order is followed for every round.
Before making any selections, franchises cautiously consider the following factors:
- Players performance
- Team Balance
- Players statistics
- Match-ups between two players
- Cricketing style
- Adaptable to the team’s culture
- Financial limitations
The HBL PSL player draft plays a crucial role in shaping the future of a player’s career as well as making the contest more enjoyable.
To enhance the success rate of a team, a well-drafted team with the best combination of young and experienced players can contribute to an overall dynamic performance.
Conclusively, the PSL 2024 auction is one of the strategic events to draft players for an intense battle between both sides.
It’s an incredible chance for all franchises to strengthen their squads and prepare for a thrilling battle to provide the edge-of-the-seat-thriller moments for all fans in the PSL 2024 tournament.