KK exchange Babar Azam for PZ and get Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik in return for the upcoming Pakistan Super League season. Quetta Gladiators were also interested in Babar but were unable to close the deal. Currently, Babar is the only Platinum player for Zalmi, who was also selected first in the draft sub-round in exchange. Likewise, Haider is currently the only Kings player in Platinum, while Malik joins Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir in Diamond.
The Kings are the third team that Babar will represent in the PSL. He started with Islamabad United in 2016 before joining the Kings the following year. Since then he has been with them. On the other hand, Malik returns to the Kings. He played for them in 2016 and 2017, moved to Multan Sultans in 2018 and 2019, and stayed with Zalmi from 2020 to 2022. During trade and retention periods, each team can muster up to a maximum. eight players. Zalmi was the only one to keep seven players. During the drafting process, franchises can increase their team size to 18.
In total, teams can select up to three people each in the Platinum, Diamond, and Gold categories, with five in the Silver category. , two in the Emerging category and two in the Supplemental category. Just like last year, brands will have a Right-to-Match card to select any players they remove from their roster. Lahore Qalandars, the defending champions, have kept their core players, with the exception of Fakhar Zaman. Fakhar will be picked up by the Qalandars anyway, as the franchise will open drafts with their first Platinum pick.
The Qalandars retained Rashid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, David Wiese, Abdullah Shafique, Harry Brook and Kamran Ghulam. Zaman Khan will continue to represent the Qalandars as an emerging player. However, they broke up with Mohammad Hafeez. The Gladiators retained longtime captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, but the PCB downgraded him from Platinum to Gold
In draft order, the Gladiators got the second round of Platinum rank in the first round. They released Sohail Tanvir and Shahid Afridi, now retired. Mohammad Nawaz is their Platinum player. Iftikhar Ahmed, Jason Roy, Mohammad Hasnain, Naveen-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal and Will Smeed were others shortlisted.