13 more international players agree to play PSL 2018 in Pakistan

  • South Africa's Wayne Parnell signed contract on Saturday
  • The 3rd edition of Pakistan Super League will be held in Feb next year

LAHORE – The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has released names of 13 international players who have recently agreed to be part of the lucrative Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The list includes the New Zealand trio of Luke Ronchi, Mitchell McClenaghan and Colin Munro along with England’s Adil Rashid, Australia’s John Hastings and the South African duo of Albie Morkel and Wayne Parnell.

With the release of 13 more names, the number of new signings for PSL is now at 20.

Fast bowler Parnell on Saturday signed on to Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 and agreed to play the PSL matches which will be held in Pakistan. Parnell recently shined in the Caribbean Premier League and also participated in Bangladesh Premier League as part of the Sylhet Sixers squad.

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South African batsman J.P. Duminy, who also recently signed on to play PSL 2018, already showed willingness to play some matches in Pakistan.

West Indies’ Jason Holder has also returned to PSL, he was denied permission by his home board in 2017 to participate in the league.

The PCB has reportedly offered foreign players $10,000 as match fee for each PSL match that they agree to play in Pakistan.

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On Saturday, the PCB announced the addition of international cricketers, including Darren Bravo, Luke Ronchi and Albie Morkel, in the PSL’s third edition.

Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rehman, West Indian captain Jason Holder and England’s James Vince and Tim Bresnan are among the new signings for PSL, it said.

“South African middle-order star J.P. Duminy, who recently called an end to this Test career in a bid to focus on limited overs cricket, will add experience and firepower to the player roster. He is joined by his national teammates Wayne Parnell and Pakistan-born South African spin wizard Imran Tahir,” the release said.

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“This is an expansion year and, therefore, our efforts are geared towards making this bigger and better than the first two seasons,” PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said. “We have top tier international talent joining a pool of released players and this sets us up very nicely for the main draft.”

“Teams will now pick one player each in the Platinum, Diamond and Gold categories; two in Silver; two in Emerging; and up to four players in the supplementary round to make up their squads,” the PCB release on Saturday said.

New signings will join the players who are still unpicked after being released at the end of retention window in the draft pool for PSL’s third edition.

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Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Jason Holder (West Indies), Adil Rashid (England), John Hastings (Australia), Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand), Wayne Parnell (South Africa), James Vince (England), Darren Bravo (West Indies), Albie Morkel (South Africa), Tim Bresnan (England), JP Duminy (South Africa), Chris Lynn (Australia), Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka), Imran Tahir (South Africa), Evin Lewis (West Indies), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Mitchell Johnson (Australia) Teams will now pick one player each in the platinum, diamond and gold categories, two in silver, two in emerging and up to four players in the supplementary round to make up their squads.

The players’ draft is expected later this month, while PSL 2018 will be played in February next year.