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The PSL’s drafting ceremony held at National Cricket Academy Lahore turned out to be an exciting contest as franchises came neck-to-neck in the bidding for the top-rated players.

The ceremony lasted for five hours at the end of which, we now have the finalized PSL 2021 team squad of each franchise.

We have already published a post on the list of players retained by each franchise and now let’s grab a quick look at the new signings made by each franchise.

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Check here complete PSL 2021 Schedule announced by PCB

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PSL 2021 teams:

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Same as the previous year, six teams will participate in the tournament. However, the entire tournament this year will be held in Pakistan.

Lahore Qalandars                                             Karachi Kings                                      Islamabad United

Quetta Gladiators                                              Peshawar Zalmi                                  Multan Sultan

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PSL 2021 team squads – All new signings:

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Lahore Qalandars:

Statistically, the most unfortunate side of the league, Lahore Qalandars, has gambled by making the young Sohail Akhtar the skipper of the squad. Lahore Qalandar’s PSL 2021 squad seems to be balanced and is set to make a comeback in the upcoming season. Here are all the new signings by Qalandar’s:

Platinum: Rashid Khan (AFG), Muhammad Hafeez, Shaheen Afridi

Diamond: Fakhar Zaman, David Wiese, Haris Rauf,

Gold: Samit Patel (Eng), Ben Dunk(Aus), Dilbar Hussain

Silver:  Tom Abell (Eng), Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohail Akhtar, Agha Salman, Muhammad Faizan,

Emerging: Maaz Khan, Zaid Alam,

Supplementary: Joe Denly, Ahmad Danyal

Karachi Kings:

Karachi Kings have got their hands on of the likes of hard hitters Sharjeel Khan and Alex Hales. The franchise has retained the deadly Mohammad Amir but has not yet revealed the name of its Captain.

New signings by Karachi Kings:

Platinum: Babar Azam, Muhammad Amir, Colin Ingram (SA)

Diamond: Imad Wasim, Dan Christian (AUS), Muhammad Nabi (AFG)

Gold: Amir Yameen, Sharjeel Khan, Chadwick Walton (WI)

Silver: Waqas Maqsood, Muhammad Ilyas, Zeeshan Malik, Danish Aziz, Joe Clarke

Emerging: Arshad Iqbal

Quetta Gladiators:

The defending champs, Quetta Gladiators PSL 2021 team squad features one of the most clinical players of England’s world cup winning side – Jason Roy. Sarfaraz Ahmed will continue as the Captain, whereas season 4’s top scorer and man of the tournament Shane Watson will return to the side as the mentor.

Platinum: Tom Banton (ENG), Chris Gayle (WI), Sarfaraz Ahmad

Diamond: Ben Cutting (AUS), Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Nawaz

Gold: Muhammad Azam Khan, Naseem Shah, Usman Khan Shinwari

Silver: Cameron Delport (SA), Qais Ahmad (AFG), Abdul Nasir, Anwar Ali, Zahid Mahmood

Emerging: Saim Ayub, Arish Ali Khan

Islamabad United:

The most successful team of the championship with two titles to its name, Islamabad united have brought pace and thrill together by signing English serial-hitter Phil Salt and getting onboard the legendary infamous pacer, Dale Steyn.

Platinum: Alex Hales (Eng), Hassan Ali, Shadab Khan

Diamond: Colin Munro(NZ), Lewis Gregory, Fahim Ashraf

Gold: Phil Salt, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali

Silver: Rohail Nazir, Zafar Gohar, Musa Khan, Reece Topley, Iftikhar Ahmed

Emerging: Muhammad Wasim Jr, Ahmed Safi Abdullah

Peshawar Zalmi:

Peshawar Zalmi has preferred consistency by retaining all the three platinum category players. The Zalmi fans’ all-time favorite, Darren Sammy will now continue as the mentor whereas the signing of the likes of Shoaib Malik aims to further strengthen the team’s PSL 2021 squad.

Platinum: Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, David Miller (SA)

Diamond: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sherfane Rutherford, Kamran Akmal

Gold: Amad Butt, Liam Livingstore (Eng), Haider Ali

Silver: Mohammad Imran, Muhammad Irfan Sr, Saqib Mahmood, Umaid Asif, Imam Ul Haq

Emerging: Mohammad Imran, Ibrar Ahmed

Multan Sultans:

Often regarded as the underdogs, Multan Sultan has tried to strengthen their PSL 2020 team squad by including the likes of CWC 19 champions like Moen Ali. LALA has been retained by franchise in the diamond category and will return to the squad as the Mentor. The name of the skipper is yet to be announced.

Platinum: Rilee Rossouw(SA), Chris Lynn (AUS), Shahid Afridi

Diamond: Khushdil Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir

Gold: James Vince, Usman Qadir, Shan Masood

Silver: Sohaid Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Adam Lyth (ENG), Muhammad Rizwan, Sohaib Ullah

Emerging: Shahnawaz Dhani, Muhammad Umar

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