LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday released an initial list of Platinum players for Pakistan Super League (PSL) season .
A fascinating duel between World number one Babar Azam and one of those modern day greats Dale Steyn is on the cards for the coming as the South African speedster is among the 28 international crowd-pullers to have enrolled to date at the category for next year’s tournament.
Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Jason Roy are among 28 international players to have registered in Platinum category to date.
PCB will release further additions to the HBL PSL Player Draft 2019 player pool by or before 21 November.
The registration window to the overseas players is still open and closes on 21 November following that an updated list will be released.The battle involving Babar and Steyn made global headlines when the Pakistan batsman struck the South African pace ace for 10 boundaries in a span of just 31 balls in the Centurion Test late last year.
Then he followed with five boundaries in 29 balls in the Cape Town Test to belt Steyn to get a total of 16 fours off just 66 balls.If both end up in opposite camps once the player draft takes place in the very first week of December, then the local and overseas fans are up for the resumption of an engrossing contest between a present day star and one of the all-time supreme fast bowlers.
This is the first time Steyn has registered for its HBL PSL, which reflects the popularity of the rivalry and also the brand it has become since its beginning in 2016. If chosen, Steyn’s next year’s visit to Pakistan will also be his first as the 2007 tour once he played Tests in Karachi and Lahore.
Steyn was excited to become part of the draft poolwhen he said:”Cricket means the world to Pakistani fans and I am excited that I will become a part of the HBL Pakistan Super League draft pool.
“Steyn’s longtime South Africa team-mate Hashim Amla and England’s World Cup winners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are another international players in the preliminary list of 28 cricketers that have enrolled in the Platinum category for the HBL PSL 2020.
Amla also toured Pakistan in 2007 before arriving in 2017 using the ICC World XI for a three-match T20I series, while for Ali and Rashid, the next year’s trips are their maiden cricket tours, if picked.Moeen Ali said:”I am quite excited that I am going to be a part of such an incredible pool of players for your HBL PSL Player Draft.
On the circuit, players talk about the quality cricket that they have undergone playing in the HBL PSL and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”Apart from Ali and Rashid, Jason Roy is another World Cup winner to have enrolled for HBL PSL 2020.Roy, who has previously represented Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators, said:”Pakistan cricket always offers unique and exciting things and this tournament is no different.
They have a number of their most passionate fans in the world and it’s extremely heartening to encounter this passion. I have had short but memorable stints at the HBL PSL and it’s great to be back in the pool”Roy’s compatriot Alex Hales and West Indies’ star Kieron Pollard are familiar faces at the HBL PSL.Alex Hales, who was picked by Islamabad United at 2018, said:”I had a great experience playing in Karachi last year and that I can’t forget the love that I received from Pakistani fans.
HBL PSL has grown so much in such little time and it’s definitely an exciting tournament for a part of.”Kieron Pollard, who played Peshawar Zalmi at the 2019 occasion, said:”Last year, I truly experienced what cricket means to Pakistani fans as I played facing jam-packed crowds. It was definitely a highlight in my career and I hope that the HBL PSL festivity continues this season as well.
“Overall, the 28 players come in eight cricket-playing nations, together with England boasting seven, South Africa six and the West Indies five, Afghanistan and Australia three each, Sri Lanka 2 and Nepal, and New Zealand one each.
While the PCB will announce additions to the list before or by 21 November, it will share to date Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging lists later this week.
List of international players that have enrolled in Platinum category to date
Australia: Dan Christian, Ben Cutting and Chris Lynn.
England: Moeen Ali, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Jason Roy.
Nepal: Sandeep Lamichhane.
South Africa: Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera.
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard.