Seven England stars among 28 overseas players on Pakistan Super League draft platinum list

Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Jason Roy have put themselves forward from England’s World Cup-winning squad, while T20 circuit regulars Chris Jordan, Alex Hales and Harry Gurney have also entered in the top range

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Seven England internationals are among 28 foreign players who have been registered for the Pakistan Super League draft in the platinum price category.

The level is the highest financial bracket available to players, with those selected by franchises in that bracket earning between a base figure of £114,500 and an upper amount of £169,750.

Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Jason Roy have put themselves forward from England’s World Cup-winning squad, while T20 circuit regulars Chris Jordan, Alex Hales and Harry Gurney have also entered in the top range.

Gurney and Jordan have seen their stock rise immeasurably in recent times thanks to their death bowling capabilities, while Hales was a first-round pick for Barbados Tridents in this year's Caribbean Premier League draft and is set to play for Sydney Thunder in the upcoming Big Bash.

They are joined by a trio of Afghanistan internationals – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, as well as Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane and New Zealand opening batsman Colin Munro.

The Australian trio of Dan Christian, Ben Cutting and Chris Lynn have also put their names into the hat, alongside Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Colin Ingram, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir.

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, as well as West Indies stars Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard make up the 28-man provisional list.

The players’ registration does not necessarily guarantee them a place in the fifth edition of the competition which, this year, will see the entire tournament returning to Pakistan. Lahore, Karachi, Multan and Rawalpindi will host all 34 games.

Pollard, who has taken over as captain of West Indies’ ODI side, described playing for Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan during the most recent edition of the tournament as a “highlight in my career”.

“Last year, I truly experienced what cricket means to Pakistani fans as I played in front of jam-packed crowds,” he said.

The draft will take place on December 6, with a full overseas draft pool list set to be announced by November 21.

Each team is permitted to retain up to eight players from the previous campaign, but only in accordance with limits set out by the league.

That means up to three players each from the platinum, diamond and gold categories, as well as up to a further five silver and two emerging, can be signed on. Players can also be traded or released back into the draft pool in their registered categories.

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