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Younis unsold, Misbah picked by Islamabad in PSL Players Draft



Karachi: Pakistan’s Test stalwart Younis Khan, who led the national team to its only World T20 title in 2009, remained unsold while captain Misbah ul-Haq was snapped
up by Islamabad franchise on the first day of Players’ Draft for the Pakistan Super League today.

38-year-old Younis, who was kept in the top platinum category carrying a price tag of between USD 80 to 145,000, was overlooked in the draft held in Lahore even as he scored a big hundred in the domestic first class tournament here today.

Test captain Misbah, who was also kept in the platinum category, was bought by Islamabad United franchise and appointed captain as well for the PSL to be held in Dubai and Sharjah from February 4.

In the other interesting picks on the first day of Players’ Draft at the national cricket academy, Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi was sold to Peshawar Zalmi franchise
while Karachi Kings bagged all-rounder Shoaib Malik.

Islamabad United brought Australian Shane Watson as their icon player. Quetta Gladiators chose discarded England batsman Kevin Pietersen while Lahore Qalandars were left with thechoice of Chris Gayle as their icon player.

A Pakistan Cricket Board official said that the Players’ Draft would continue tomorrow and any of the five franchises could still pick Younis in their squads at his same bid price or lower.

Younis and Misbah had both privately voiced their unhappiness when they were not named among the five icon players for the players draft. Pakistan’s former Test pacer and captain Wasim Akram, who has been appointed as Director Cricket of the Islamabad franchise, is said to have played a key role in the selection of Misbah, who is now 41.