AB, Smith headline Pakistan T20 player draft

Cape Town – Legend of Proteas AB de Villiers and prolific Australian batter Steve Smith will be two of the star attractions of the Pakistan Super League this year (PSL)) draft of the player.

De Villiers, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, will be on the list as a foreign platinum player.

According to the PCB website De Villiers joins former Protea teammate Imran Tahir and Colin Ingram in the player's draft, which will take place on next month.

The Proteas and Karachi Kings hitter, Ingram, returns in the back of a
successful T20 campaign in England where he scored 430 runs in 11
matches this season.

"Playing with Karachi Kings gave me the opportunity to interact with lovely people from Pakistan," Ingram said.

The quality of cricket in the PSL was highlighted by me, but, what is more important, I
I am very proud of the fact that I played in Pakistan and experienced
what this game means to Pakistani fans. "

The list includes the Windies trio of Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, Luke Ronchi of New Zealand, Brendon McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan.

Smith , who is currently during an international cricket season, will accompany his countrymen Chris Lynn and Shane Watson for the next season.

The sensation of turns of Afghanistan Rashid Khan will seek to play his first game of PSL and the player of Sri Lanka, Thisara Perera also in the mix as a player in the Platinum category.

All foreign players on this list who were part of the PSL squads last season can be retained, exchanged or released in the Draft Pool.

With the trade and retention window currently open, the next few weeks promise to offer great excitement to PSL fans, as the teams will make key decisions on the retention of players, exchanges and throws.

"This is a very exciting mix of high quality foreign players," said Ehsan. Mani, president of PCB.

"In the coming days, PSL will continue to announce more signings of foreign players in various categories as the excitement grows around what should be an extremely interesting player draft."

The Pakistan Super League returns to action on February 14. 2019.

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