Smith named in PSL draft; Warner turns down offer

The banned captain of Australia, Steven Smith, is among the 500 players named in the draft for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League. Smith has been classified as the platinum player, the highest paid category, along with retired South African batter AB de Villiers. ESPNcricinfo understands that David Warner rejected PSL management's request to participate in the league.

Smith and Warner, who were banned from playing cricket national and international cricket for 12 months by Cricket Australia for their roles in the ball-handling incident in Newlands, have been playing T20 leagues around the world. The duo appeared in the Global T20 in Canada and in the Caribbean Premier League before they showed up at the undergraduate cricket in Sydney.

De Villiers, who retired from all international cricket in May, confirmed his participation with a tweet in September. 19659002] Chris Lynn, Australia's limited supervision specialist, who had missed the previous season after dislocating his shoulder, has remained on the Lahore Qalandars list, while Islamabad United has maintained JP Duminy and Andre Russell, although It is unlikely that they are. A part of the tournament due to its national and national commitments.

Brendon McCullum, a Platinum player, has been hired by Lahore Qalandars, but has understood that they could free him from his list with an eye on Smith or villiers. The Qalandars have finished in the bottom of the league in each of the three previous seasons of PSL.

The ace of the spinner of Afghanistan Rashid Khan, who is also in the platinum category on the list of Quetta Gladiators, missed the last season for the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. Its availability this year depends on the assent of the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

The retention and trading window in PSL is expected to close in the second week of October, after which all released players will enter the draft. Each team must have at least 16 players, apart from four places reserved for young and emerging talents.

The fourth edition of PSL will begin on February 14 in Dubai. The last eight games will take place in Pakistan with Karachi scheduled to host the final for the second year in a row.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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