Which Team will Pick Fakhar Zaman and Kamran Akmal? | HBL PSL 7 Draft:
The retentions list by all PSL franchises was announced on Friday, 10th December 2021. Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans retained 7 players while rest of the teams decided to retain 8 players. Some shocking releases were of Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan Snr and Ben Dunk. Another shocker was the release of Kamran Akmal. Kamran and Fakhar are two of the most statistically proven players in PSL history, yet they were released from Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars respectively. Imran Khan Snr played a very important role in the title win for Multan Sultans last year yet the defending champions parted ways with Imran Khan Snr. Ben Dunk was a core member of Lahore Qalandars and the Qalandars always had huge faith in him, yet they released him.
The news regarding Fakhar Zaman is that Lahore Qalandars might pick him again in the draft. In this way Lahore played smart and got an extra retention as they have first round pick in Platinum. Lahore can easily pick Fakhar Zaman back while they got to retain one more player in their retentions by releasing Fakhar Zaman. Kamran Akmal’s case is a little different. The news was that Kamran was upset on his relegation to diamond category, and even then, Peshawar Zalmi didn’t retain him in diamond. However Zalmi can use the wildcard in the draft, and pick Kamran Akmal as a platinum player. The chances of this happening are very dull, but keeping the fact in mind that Zalmi has retained 4 foreigners already, their major focus would be on some local stars. Peshawar Zalmi is also one of those sides who haven’t retained a specialist wicket keeper, hence they can try for Kamran Akmal once again.
Lahore Qalandars have got Zeeshan Ashraf as their wicket keeper option, so we might not see them picking Ben Dunk again. However with a crazy think thank like Lahore’s, you never know what they want to do in the drafts. Imran Khan Snr will be a very hot pick. Teams can use the wild card to get Imran Khan Snr early. He was very accurate and economical in PSL 7 and it is indeed a golden chance for many teams to get him in their side and strengthen their bowling attack. These are all just possibilities yet, and we will get to know the final squads on 12th December 2021 when the PSL 7 drafts will happen.