Benoni Zalmi signs Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz for Global T20 League

  • Graeme Smith to coach Benoni Zalmi
  • Imad Wasim picked up by Stellenbosch Monarchs for $85,000
  • Anwar Ali hired by NMBH for $0.1 million
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CAPETOWN – The House of Zalmi has signed Wahab Riaz and Umar Akmal for $0.15 million and $0.1 million respectively, for the upcoming Global T20 League which will be held under the aegis of Cricket South Africa (CSA).

The House of Zalmi, which has already made a mark with its team Peshawar Zalmi lifting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) trophy this year, launched its second cricket franchise Benoni Zalmi for Global T20 League earlier this month.

The drafting process of the Global T20 League was held in Capetown, South Africa, where Benoni Zalmi hired Riaz and Akmal.

Pakistan’s all-rounder Imad Wasim was picked up by Stellenbosch Monarchs for $85,000, while Anwar Ali was hired by NMBH for $0.1 million.

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South Africa’s Graeme Smith will be the coach of Benoni Zalmi, the only Pakistani franchise that will be participating in the Global T20 League.

All eight teams of the Global T20 League picked their squads in a much-awaited draft at Cape Town on Sunday.

Teams will be hosted at eight centres around South Africa: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pret­oria, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Stellenbosch and Benoni.

Marquee players already signed up include former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, current England limited overs players Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy, and ex-internationals Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) and Chris Gayle (West Indies).