The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the PSL Supplementary Players for Season 9 on Monday. During the supplementary draft, franchises will have the chance to strengthen their squads even more by adding players in the third and fourth supplementary pick rounds
Several additional players have been added to the squads of six teams participating in the upcoming ninth edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League, starting on 17 February. This was done through a Replacement Draft conducted over a conference call.
Peshawar Zalmi announced their replacements, selecting Waqar Salamkheil to fill in for Lungi Ngidi in the silver category, as Ngidi won’t be available for the entire season. Similarly, Khurram Shahzad will only be partially available, so Arshad Iqbal has been named as his replacement. Gus Atkinson will step in for Noor Ahmed, who has international commitments, while the replacement for partially available Naveen ul Haq is yet to be announced.
Lahore Qalandars reserved their picks for Rashid Khan and Dan Lawrence, who are fully and partially unavailable, respectively.
Islamabad United also reserved their pick for Tom Curran, who won’t be part of the team this season. Karachi Kings have drafted Zahid Mehmood as a partial replacement for Kieron Pollard and reserved their pick for Tim Seifert, who will join after the conclusion of the New Zealand T20Is.
Quetta Gladiators have enlisted Bismillah Khan to replace Wanindu Hasaranga, who will depart during the tournament due to international commitments.
In the third supplementary round, Peshawar Zalmi secured left-arm pacer Luke Wood, and Islamabad United acquired Obed McCoy, a left-arm pacer. Karachi Kings picked English middle-order batter Leus De Plooy, while Lahore Qalandars chose Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Multan Sultans added experienced West Indian wicketkeeper-batter Johnson Charles, and Quetta Gladiators drafted English batter Laurie Evans.
In the fourth round of Supplementary picks, Multan Sultans signed the promising 19-year-old Muhammad Shahzad, who represented Pakistan U19 at the ICC Men’s U19 World Cup 2022.