A HBL replacement draft for the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 edition was held today at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Lahore. The draft was organized to facilitate the inclusion of replacement foreign players after some of the players picked in the original draft dropped out of the competition due to injuries, unavailability, international commitments or bans.
Team managements of four out of the five franchises were present at the draft where the picks were made after consent of all participants. Karachi Kings have their original quota of foreign players intact hence the franchise management wasn’t present at the HBL replacement draft. Kings have given their consent to the picks made by the other franchises.
Brad Hodge to replace Moeen Ali in Gladiators Squad
Lahore January 24: An update to the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 HBL replacement draft held in Lahore yesterday.
Quetta Gladiators have replaced England all-rounder Moeen Ali with seasoned Australian T20 campaigner Brad Hodge after Moeen withdrew due to family commitments before the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL). Hodge who represented Peshawar Zalmi last season is one of the most experienced T20 players in the world.
The 270 T20 veteran has plied his trade in some of the leading franchise competitions in the instant format; Hodge is undoubtedly a welcome addition to the Gladiators’ dressing room.
Samit Patel partial replacement for Tamim Iqbal
Meanwhile England’s all-rounder Samit Patel will replace Peshawar Zalmi’s Tamim Iqbal after the Bangladeshi’s departure for international commitments.
Patel will be drafted into the Zalmi squad after Iqbal’s departure if the Peshawar outfit makes it to the qualifiers that will be played at the end of the round robin leg of the tournament from February 28.
Islamabad United have decided to retain their West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell in their team though Russell awaits clearance after his doping case hearing, a verdict on his hearing is expected to arrive within the next fortnight. If banned, IU will be given the option to immediately replace Russell.
Lahore Qalandars had to make three changes to their squad, as have Peshawar Zalmi, who have withheld one pick to be made within the next 24-hours.
Last year’s runner-up Quetta Gladiators have made four changes while Islamabad United and Karachi Kings have their original picks in place. The latter picks from PZ will only be activated and eligible to play once the number of foreign players in the team goes under the minimum quota allowed by the HBL PSL, which is five. This would happen only after the Bangladesh players leave for their international team commitments. HBL replacement draft
England’s Jason Roy in place of West Indian Dwayne Bravo
Australian Chris Green in place of Australian Shaun Tait
New Zealand’ James Franklin in place of New Zealand’s Anton Devcich
West Indian Marlon Samuels replaces England’s Alex Hales
West Indian Andre Fletcher replaces Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad
Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan replaces Bangladesh’s Shakib-Al-Hasan
England’s Moeen Ali replaces West Indian Carlos Brathwaite
New Zealand’s Nathan McCullum replaces England’s David Willey
Sri Lankan Thisara Perera replaces West Indian Rovman Powell
South African Rilee Rossouw replaces Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi