Franchises picked their final squad in draft process which took place on November 12
Pakistan Super League (PSL) – country’s own T20 league is now entering into its third edition, as team’s finalized their squad in the drafting process which took place on November 12.
While there were some blockbuster inclusions in this years’ edition which included the likes for Australia’s World Cup-winning pacer Mitchell Johnson and South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy, there were some notable exclusions as well as teams picked players more on their performance than reputation.
Here we look at some of the biggest names which will not take part in the upcoming PSL 2018
The first name on the list is West Indies explosive opener Chris Gayle, who failed to attract interest from any franchise for the upcoming PSL 2018. The 38-year-old represented Lahore Qalandars in the first season and then was transferred to Karachi Kings in the second, but failed to leave an impact in any matches. The left-handed batsman just scored 263 runs in 14 matches in the PSL with just one half-century to his name, which makes it clear why he was not picked this time around. It is a setback for fans who wanted to see Gayle in action in the PSL 2018 that will be played in UAE and Pakistan.
Next in the list features English pacer Tymal Mills, who for some reason is not included in the Quetta Gladiators’ squad for this season. The 25-year-old was an instant hit in the last season, where he claimed seven wickets in just five appearances for the franchise.
Third in the list features Lahore Qalandars’ first season captain Azhar Ali, who failed to attract any franchise during the drafting process. The Lahore-born right-handed batsman did not play a single game in the second edition and was replaced by New Zealand’s Brandon McCullum after team’s dismal show in the opening edition.
Last in the list features former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott, who after impressive performances in the first two editions while playing for Lahore Qalandars, will not take part in this year’s tournament. It is not clear why he was not picked by any franchise but it is sure that Qalandars will miss his calm influence in the final stages of the innings.
PSL 2018 would be much bigger success irrespective of the bigger names that have missed out on the opportunity to play in the competition.