Australia’s Watson, Haddin join Islamabad United Team in PSL

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Two Australians among top played picked up on opening day of Pakistan Super League draft

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ISLAMABAD – Two top Australian cricketers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin have been picked up by Islamabad United team on the opening day of the Pakistan Super League draft on Monday.

Watson was taken as an “icon player” with the third pick for $280,000 on Monday, with Haddin joining him at Islamabad after going in the fifth round for close to $100,000.

Islamabad United team will be coached by former Australia Test and ODI batsman Dean Jones, while Pakistan’s legendary bowler Wasim Akram will be their team director. Retired Australian paceman Brett Lee went unselected from the platinum category, while diamond players Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Shaun Tait, Jim Allenby and Nathan Hauritz were also overlooked, as were Ben Laughlin and Michael Beer in the gold category.

Watson wants to continue playing ODIs and T20s for Australia, and made it clear last week he had only retired from the Test arena. He remains hopeful he’ll feature in Australia’s ODI and T20 series against India next month, which will also prove financially rewarding.

“I know I have to be at my best and get back to my best through the start of the BBL and to give myself the best chance of still being in the Aussie set-up,’’ Watson said. ‘’I still feel like I’ve got a lot to give, whatever team I’m playing for, being as excited as I’ve been for a long time after having a proper break, to get back into playing again.

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will stage the first edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) between February 4-23. Five teams have been sold for 93 million dollars (9.3 billion rupees) few days back. 5 franchises Peshawar Zalmi, Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings,Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will played for Pakistan Super League (PSL).

PCB said 171 foreign and 137 domestic players will be available for drafting by teams. The first pick of the draft on Monday was no surprise, with Pakistan’s T20 captain Shahid Afridi snapped up by Peshawar Zalmi, who had traded their pick with Islamabad before the draft in bid to get the big-hitting allrounder. Another Pakistan allrounder and former captain Shoaib Malik was bagged by Karachi Kings as an Icon player. The remaining two Icon players picked up were Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle, who will play for Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalandars respectively.

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