The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a list of 59 overseas players who will feature in the Diamond category at the upcoming draft for the 2020 Pakistan Super League 2020.
English players take up 19 of the slots, including 16 internationals. Six players who featured in England’s 3-2 T20I series win over New Zealand – Tom Banton, Lewis Gregory, Matt Parkinson, Pat Brown, Dawid Malan and Joe Denly – are among those hoping to be picked up as overseas players. The next-most well-represented team is West Indies with 12 players.
The Diamond category is the second-highest category in the PSL draft, behind the Platinum category, the list of overseas players for which was announced yesterday. Seven England players were included in that group, more than from any other country.
The salary band for the Diamond category ranges from 11.5 million Pakistani rupees to 16 million Pakistani rupees (approximately US$73,000-US$103,000), with the list including one Associate player, Netherlands’ Roelof van der Merwe. Each side can pick up to three Diamond category players, and the list of those available may yet be expanded.
Pakistan Super League draft – Diamond Category so far:
Afghanistan: Najibullah Zadran, Qais Ahmad
Australia: Fawad Ahmed, Chris Green, Ben Laughlin
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman and Tamim Iqbal
England: Tom Banton, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Pat Brown, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Mason Crane, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Laurie Evans, Lewis Gregory, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, Phil Salt, James Vince, Luke Wright
Netherlands: Roelof van der Merwe
New Zealand: Luke Ronchi
South Africa: Kyle Abbott, Cameron Delport, Marchant de Lange, Rassie van der Dussen, Robbie Frylinck, Simon Harmer, Heino Kuhn, Duanne Olivier, Dane Vilas, Hardus Viljoen, David Wiese
Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka and Isuru Udana
West Indies: Fabian Allen, Johnson Charles, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford, Daren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas, Kesrick Williams