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6 popular players who went unsold in IPL 2021 Auction but were top picks in PSL 2022 Draft

PSL 2022 Draft

The PSL 2022 Draft happened on Sunday evening. Six franchises of the Pakistan Super League, namely Lahore Qalandars, Multan Sultans, Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators, Islamabad United and Karachi Kings participated in the draft. Ahead of the draft, franchises had permission to retain a maximum of eight players each.

The PSL 2022 Draft saw some big names earning contracts from the franchises. Interestingly, some of the top picks at the PSL 2022 Draft were unsold at the previous IPL Auction. Here’s a list of those six names.

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1. Colin Munro – Platinum Pick in PSL 2022 Draft

The PSL 2022 Draft had multiple categories. According to InsideSport, the Platinum category has the highest pay, ranging from USD 130,000 to USD 170,000. Islamabad United signed New Zealand’s swashbuckling opener Colin Munro in the Platinum category.

Munro has played for the Delhi Capitals and the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL before. He went unsold in the IPL Auction 2021. Even New Zealand ignored him for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

2. Lewis Gregory

England all-rounder Lewis Gregory could not receive a single bid at the IPL Auction 2021. But the all-rounder was in demand at the Pakistan Super League draft which happened on Sunday.

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Karachi Kings signed him in the Diamond Category. The Diamond Category is the category below Platinum, where players’ salary ranges from USD 60,000 to USD 85,000.

3. Tim David – Platinum Pick in PSL 2022 Draft

Unlike the first two names on the list, Tim David participated in IPL 2021. The Singapore-based player made his IPL debut for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team.

However, the fans should note that David went unsold in the IPL Auction 2021. He came into the RCB squad as a replacement play. Defending champions of PSL Multan Sultans picked him in the Platinum Category.

4. Hazratullah Zazai – Platinum Pick in PSL 2022 Draft

Afghanistan’s explosive batter Hazratullah Zazai failed to earn a contract from the IPL franchises at the 2021 auction. Zazai is one of the top T20 batters in Afghanistan.

Peshawar Zalmi signed him in the Platinum Category during the PSL 2022 Draft. For the record, Zazai has played 20 T20Is so far, scoring 662 runs.

5. Jason Roy

Like Tim David, Jason Roy went unsold in the IPL Auction 2021 but later joined the tournament as a replacement player. Roy represented the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in IPL 2021.

The England opener joined the Quetta Gladiators in the Platinum Category during the Pakistan Super League draft. Roy currently holds the 16th place in the ICC T20I Rankings for batters.

6. James Faulkner

Australian all-rounder James Faulkner was once among the highest-paid players in the IPL. However, the ambidextrous all-rounder’s injuries derailed his career. It has been a long time since Faulkner donned the jersey of an IPL team. His last appearance in the IPL came for the Gujarat Lions back in the year 2017. He went unsold in IPL 2021 Auction.

Faulkner performed well in Pakistan Super League 2021, and courtesy of his good performance, Quetta Gladiators signed him in the Diamond Category on Sunday.

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