Indian Premier League is one of the most famous short-format cricket tournaments. Players from all over the world join this to play every year. Currently, 10 teams are taking part in IPL 2023. And all will bid for players and try to get the best set of players to join them.
But the IPL is not the only tournament of its kind. There are other cricket councils of different countries that have started similar formats. Pakistan Super League is one of them. Unlike the Ipl 2023 mini-auction, players in PSL are chosen via the PSL 2023 draft system. In fact, it is already done.
There are 6 teams in total. And, the players have their divisions as per categories. Those categories are from top to bottom as platinum, diamond, silver, gold, and supplementary respectively. Also, the six teams are Quetta Gladiators, Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans, Lahore Qalandars, and Peshawar Zalmi.
Surprisingly, the players for whom none of the franchises bid in the IPL. Are in the top picks of the PSL 2023 draft.
Following are the 5 of those players.
Imran Tahir is an epic leg spinner from the South African cricket team. During the IPL auction in the last season, none of the teams bid for him. However, he was in the platinum category during the PSL 2023 draft. He will be playing from the playing eleven of Karachi Kings.
There is an impressive fact about him. He is the oldest player who is still playing in T20 format cricket. But the bowling is still impeccable.
Karachi Kings did pick both Mathew wade and Imran Tahir from the platinum category. Soon, we will see the magic of this player in the Pakistan Super League.
Here is another player who did not grab much attention from any franchises in the IPL. But, in PSL 2023 draft, this player was in platinum picks. He and David Miller, both are part of the selection by Multan Sultans from the platinum category.
He is a fast pace bowler. And, belongs to the Ireland team in International cricket.
During his last IPL season, he did not get a chance to play. Even though he was in Chennai Super Kings, as a net bowler.
James Vince does have all the qualities of a batsman, which such formats of cricket require. Still, he could not crack into any team during the IPL auction of 2022. His record is worth going through. The team he plays for in International cricket is England. In fact, he was in the team, when England won the cricket World Cup in the year 2019. That is the reason, in the PSL 2023 draft he was not unnoticed. The Karachi kings selected him from the diamond category. Another player they chose from the category is James Fuller.
This name is well-known in the cricket world. He is in the squad of Afghanistan. Cricket experts are fans of his leg spinners. Also, he does have experience playing in the Indian Premier League. Mujeeb was part of the teams like Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. And, his performance was good too. Still, during the very recent auction of IPL. He was not bought by any of the team.
On the other hand, under the diamond category, the player got an entry in the PSL 2023 draft. He will play for Peshawar Zalmi.
Here is another Afghanistan player taking part in the PSL 2023 draft. Both wicketkeeper and batsman got picked by Islamabad United. This young player was in the platinum category.
During the auction of IPL 2022, he did not get a chance to be part of any of the ten squads. But, during the season, Jason Roy was not able to continue. And, the team took Rahmanullah in. But, he was not in playing 11 in any match.
Though these players were not part of the IPL season 2022. It does not mean that the players are weak. Instead, it is the requirements of franchises. Every team looks for the players as per the condition of the pitch, the opposite team, and many other factors.
And, the main thing is that those players will play in the PSL. It will be equally entertaining too. So, do not miss it. Both the IPL and the PSL have their own crux to watch.
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