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Pakistan players dominate T10 Cricket League Draft

Source: Ashish Peter, Sports360 | Nov. 6, 2017

The players draft for the inaugural T10 Cricket League was held on Sunday in Dubai with a host of international stars up for grabs.

It was Pakistan’s players who dominated the draft with a total of 26 cricketers from the country picked up by the various franchises.

Five of the participating franchises had already selected one icon player each prior to the draft with Team Sri Lanka Cricket adding its own separate team in the fray.

The icon players selected were Shahid Afridi, Misbah ul Haq, Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed.

Meanwhile, star names such as Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Virender Sehwag, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Eoin Morgan and Kumar Sangakkara have been appointed as ambassadors of the six teams in the league.

Pakistan pace spearhead Mohammad Amir became the first pick in the draft held at the Lotus Yacht in Dubai Marina after being snapped up by Maratha Arabians.

Another Pakistan pacer in the form of Hasan Ali was drafted into the Punjabi Legends squad along with compatriot Fahim Ashraf.

The franchise also picked up England stars Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid along with West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite.

Bangladesh star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was picked by Kerala Kings along with West Indies’ T20 specialist Keiron Pollard.

The Kerala Kings also acquired the services of Pakistan fast-bowling pair of Sohail Tanveer and Wahab Riaz along with England’s Liam Plunkett.

The Bengal Tigers completed quite a coup after picking up West Indies’ trio Darren Sammy, Darren Bravo and Sunil Narine, along with Bangladesh star Mustafizur Rahman.

Pakistan’s explosive opening batsman Fakhar Zaman was selected by the Pakhtoons, along with the pace trio of Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Khan.

The inaugural league will be a four-day affair scheduled from December 14-17.

The new concept will see 10-over-a-side matches in an action-packed 90 minutes affair.