For the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020, there is a fascinating duel between world number one, Babar Azam, and one of the modern greats, Dale Steyn, on the Plan Platinum category for one of the best and most-watched leagues in the world. The registration window for the foreign players is still open and closes on November 21, whereupon an updated list will be published.
The battle between Babar and Steyn made headlines worldwide as the Pakistani hitter scored ten times in the Centurion test at the end of last year for the South African pace ace in a mere 31-ball range. He then completed in the Cape Town Test with 29 balls five boundaries to play Steyn with only 66 balls 16 foursomes.
When the two faced each other in the first week of December and the players’ draft takes place, the local and foreign fans are ready to resume an exciting competition between a present-day star and one of the fastest of all-time bowlers.
This is the first time that Steyn has signed up for the HBL PSL, reflecting the popularity of the competition and the brand it has become since its inception in 2016. If selected, Steyn’s next year in Pakistan will also be his first time since the tour in 2007 when he played tests in Karachi and Lahore.
What Foreign Players Said About HBL PSL 2020?
Steyn was pleased to be part of the Draft Pool when he said, “Cricket is the world to Pakistan fans and I am pleased to be part of the draft pool of the HBL Pakistan Super League.”
Steyn’s longtime South African team-mate Hashim Amla and English champions Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are the other international players in the preliminary list of 28 cricketers who have registered for the HBL PSL 2020 in the Platinum category.
Amla also toured Pakistan in 2007 before returning to a series of three T20I games in 2017 with the ICC World XI, while Ali and Rashid are planning the first cricket tours next year.
Moeen Ali said, “I am delighted to be part of such an incredible pool of players for the HBL PSL Player Draft. On the track, players talk about the quality cricket they’ve experienced at HBL PSL, and I can not wait to be a part of it. “
Besides Ali and Rashid, Jason Roy is the other World Cup winner who signed up for the HBL PSL 2020.
Roy, who previously represented Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators, said: “Pakistan Cricket always offers unique and exciting things, and this tournament is no different. They have some of the most passionate fans in the world and it is extremely encouraging to experience that passion. I had short but memorable stays at HBL PSL and it’s great to be back in the pool. “
Roy’s compatriot Alex Hales and West Indian star Kieron Pollard are familiar faces in the HBL PSL.
Alex Hales, who was selected by Islamabad United in 2018, said, “I had a great experience in Karachi last year and can not forget the love I received from Pakistani fans.” HBL PSL has grown so much in such a short time it’s definitely an exciting tournament to be a part of. “
Kieron Pollard, who played for Peshawar Zalmi in 2019, said: “Last year, I really experienced what cricket means to Pakistani fans when I played in front of crowded audiences. It was definitely a highlight in my career and I hope the HBL PSL Fest will continue this season as well. “
In total, the 28 players come from eight cricket-playing nations, with England at seven, South Africa at six and West India at five, Afghanistan and Australia at three, Sri Lanka at two and Nepal at one and New Zealand at one.
The PCB will share the list of remaining categories, Dimond, Gold, Silver and Emerging lists later this week.
Foreign Platinum Player Names For HBL PSL 2020
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman and Rashid Khan
Australia: Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, and Chris Lynn
England: Moeen Ali, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, and Jason Roy
Nepal: Sandeep Lamichhane
New Zealand: Colin Munro
South Africa: Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn, and Imran Tahir
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, and Kieron Pollard
HBL PSL 2020 Draft Detail | Registration | Retention | Combination
The preliminary list is shared with names expected to be added over the next week.
Players can be retained, traded or released into the Draft pool in their registered categories.
There are five categories – Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging.
Each side must have a minimum squad of 16 players and can have a maximum squad of 18 players as per the following combination – three platinum, three diamond, three gold, five silver, two emerging and two supplementary (optional).
Each side will have to pick three foreign players in their first nine picks.
The 16-player squad must include five foreign and 11 local players; while the 18-player squad can include six foreign and 12 local players or five foreign and 13 local players.
The playing XI must include a minimum of three foreign players and can include a maximum of four foreign players.
The retention window closes on 1 December and each side can retain up to eight players who were part of HBL PSL 2019. Each team can appoint one player ambassador and one player mentor who can drop one category at the time of retention.
HBL PSL Player Draft 2019 will take place in the first week of December (date, time and location to be confirmed in due course) Revised salary caps are:
Platinum – PKR23m-PKR34m (approx. US$147K-US$218K)
Diamond – PKR11.5m-PKR16m (approx. US$73K-US$103K
Gold – PKR6.9m-PKR8.9m (approx. US$44K-US$58K)
Silver – PKR2.4m-PKR5.4m (approx. US$15K-US$35K)
Emerging – PKR1m-PKR1.5m (approx. US$6.5K-US$9.5K)
Budget cap for the optional supplementary round has been fixed at PKR 19 million (approx. US$120K) and the teams will be allowed to pick up to two players in this round
The event schedule will be announced in due course