LAHORE (Web Desk) - Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Tom Banton and many others will be the major potential picks when the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021 Player Draft takes place at the High Performance Centre on Sunday afternoon. The event proper will be staged in Karachi and Lahore from 20 February to 22 March.
Since the second half of 2019, all cricket has been played in Pakistan with the first-ever HBL Pakistan Super League taking place from start to finish in 2020. The international sides to tour during this period include Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, while South Africa are due in Karachi next week.
Also scheduled to visit Pakistan in 2021 are New Zealand, England (men’s and women’s) and the West Indies.
England’s No.1 ranked Dawid Malan is also in the Draft, along with compatriots Moeen Ali, Tom Banton and Chris Jordan, although their availability is likely to remain limited due to their international commitments.
Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rehman of Afghanistan, world’s top two ranked bowlers, and number-one ranked all-rounder, Mohammad Nabi, will also be one of the major attractions of the Draft. They are among a strong field of 38 Afghanistan players, who have registered for the Draft.
South Africa’s duo of David Miller and Morne Morkel have also entered the Draft and will be hoping to be picked by one of the franchises so that they can also make their debuts in the event. Dale Steyn is the other leading South Africa cricketer who is available in the Draft.
Some of the biggest foreign names in the HBL PSL 2021 Player Draft are:
Afghanistan – Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Rashid Khan.
Australia - Fawad Ahmed, Dan Christian and Chris Lynn.
Bangladesh - Mahedi Hasan, Mahmudullah and Mustafizur Rahman.
England - Moeen Ali, Tom Banton, Ravi Bopara, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan and Samit Patel.
South Africa - Cameron Delport, David Miller, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn.
Sri Lanka – Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga and Lahiru Thirimanne.
West Indies - Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Chadwick Walton.