By our correspondent
KARACHI: Former champions Quetta Gladiators on Saturday picked Australian seam-bowling all-rounder Jack Wildermuth and top order left-handed Australian batsman Jake Weatherald, Afghanistan’s left-arm spinner Zahir Khan and home-grown Khurram Shehzad in the HBL PSL 2021 replacement and additional players picks.
Jack came in place of the unavailable Ben Cutting while Zahir replaced leg-spinner Qais Ahmed of Afghanistan. Khurram has been picked in the emerging category to complete a 20-man squad. All teams had also the option to pick two additional players and take their squad up to 20 players for the remaining 20 matches scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi from June 5-20.
Meanwhile Multan Sultans picked the 24-year old top order West Indian Test batsman Shimron Hetmyer, West Indies’ wicket-keeper batsman Johnson Charles, UAE’s hard-hitting batsman Waseem Mohammad and discarded Pakistan’s all-rounder Hammad Azam.
Shimron, a veteran of 16 Tests, 45 ODIs and 27 T20I, recently was part of the Delhi Capitals in the IPL which was suspended due to Covid-19. The last year’s runners-up Lahore Qalandars chose Singapore’s 25-year old all-rounder Tim David who has also played for the Western Australia Under-23.
He has played 14 T20 Internationals for Singapore. Holders Karachi Kings picked 20-year old Peshawar-born wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Haris, Peshawar Zalmi got the services of stumper Bismillah Khan while two-time winners Islamabad United picked Mohammad Ikhlaq. Some franchises withheld rest of the picks for later stage.
The teams conducted Covid tests on Saturday (today). They will depart for Abu Dhabi on May 26. Sources said that on May 24 they will enter into quarantine here at the provincial metropolis.
Islamabad United – Shadab Khan (c), Ahmed Saifi Abdullah, Ali Khan, Akif Javed, Asif Ali, Colin Munro, Fawad Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Mohammad Akhlaq, Musa Khan, Rohail Nazir, Usman Khawaja, Zafar Gohar and Zeeshan Zameer
Karachi Kings – Imad Wasim (c), Abbas Afridi, Amir Yamin, Arshad Iqbal, Babar Azam, Chadwick Walton, Danish Aziz, Martin Guptill, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Ilyas, Mohammad Haris, Thisara Perera, Najeebullah Zadran, Noor Ahmed, Qasim Akram, Sharjeel Khan, Waqas Maqsood and Zeeshan Malik
Lahore Qalandars – Sohail Akhtar (c), Ahmed Danyal, Ben Dunk, Callum Ferguson, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, James Faulkner, Maaz Khan, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shakib al Hasan (replacement to be announced shortly), Salman Ali Agha, Seekuge Prasana, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sultan Ahmed (replaces Joe Burns), Tim David, Zaid Alam and Zeeshan Ashraf
Multan Sultans– Mohammad Rizwan (c), Hammad Azam, Imran Tahir, Imran Khan Snr, Johnson Charles, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Umar, Obed McCoy, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rilee Rossouw, Shahid Afridi, Shahnawaz Dhani, Shan Masood, Shimron Hetmyer (partially available), Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir and Muhammad Waseem
Peshawar Zalmi– Wahab Riaz (c), Abrar Ahmed, Amad Butt, Bismillah Khan, David Miller (partially available), Fabian Allen (partially available), Fidel Edwards (partially available), Haider Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Amir Khan, Mohammad Irfan Snr, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Imran Randhawa, Rovman Powell, Waqar Salamkheil, Sherfane Rutherford, Shoaib Malik, and Umaid Asif
Quetta Gladiators – Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Abdul Nasir, Andre Russell (partially available), Anwar Ali, Arish Ali Khan, Azam Khan, Cameron Delport, Faf du Plessis, Hassan Khan, Jack Wildermuth, Jake Weatherald, Khurram Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Usman Khan, Usman Shinwari, Zahid Mahmood and Zahir Khan