Pakistan Super League (PSL) Franchise Peshawar Zalmi on Friday announced that the Pakistan all-format skipper Babar Azam has penned down a deal with the team ahead of the next edition of the Pakistan Super League- PSL 2023. Karachi Kings have traded their captain Babar Azam to Peshawar Zalmi to get the services of young Haider Ali and veteran Shoaib Malik for the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League.

PSL franchises have announced their retention and trades ahead of the draft for the eighth edition of the league. At the same time, most teams have opted to retain their star players. But unlike most, Babar was looking to exit Karachi Kings and it was likely that he would quit the team. Before his announcement as a Zalmi player, there was a window in which the Quetta Gladiators attempted to prise away Karachi Kings’ best player.

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The star T20 batter started his PSL career with Islamabad United in 2016 before moving to Kings the next year. Since then he was with them and the recent deal ends his six-year-long association with the franchise. Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi posted messages of welcoming him.

“PAKHAIR RAGHLAY TO ZALMI FAMILY @babarazam258 ⁦@PeshawarZalmi⁩,” tweeted Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi.

Full List of Retained Players by the Franchises Ahead of PSL 2023

PSL 2023: Babar Azam Joins Peshawar Zalmi
PSL 2023: Babar Azam Joins Peshawar Zalmi

Karachi Kings: Haider Ali (Platinum). Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik (Diamond). Aamir Yamin, Mir Hamza and Sharjeel Khan (Silver). Qasim Akram (Emerging)

Islamabad United: Shadab Khan (Platinum). Asif Ali (Brand Ambassador) and Mohammad Wasim (Diamond). Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali (Gold). Colin Munro and Paul Stirling (Silver).

Lahore Qalandars: Shaheen Shah Afridi and Rashid Khan (Platinum). Haris Rauf (Brand Ambassador) and David Wiese (Diamond). Abdullah Shafique (Gold). Kamran Ghulam and Harry Brook (Silver). Zaman Khan (Emerging).

Quetta Gladiators: Mohammad Nawaz (Platinum). Iftikhar Ahmed and Jason Roy (Diamond). Mohammad Hasnain and Sarfaraz Ahmed (Gold). Naveen-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal (Mentor) and Will Smeed (Silver)

Multan Sultans: Mohammad Rizwan (Platinum). Khushdil Shah, Rilee Rossouw and Shan Masood (Diamond). Shahnawaz Dahani (Brand Ambassador) and Tim David (Gold). Abbas Afridi and Ihsanullah (Emerging).

Peshawar Zalmi: Babar Azam (Platinum). Sherfane Rutherford and Wahab Riaz (Diamond). Mohammad Haris (Gold). Aamir Jamal (Brand Ambassador), Salman Irshad and Tom-Kohler Cadmore (Silver).

Top Two Categories of Foreign Players in Draft:-

Platinum: Aaron Finch, Adil Rashid, Akeal Hosein, Alex Hales, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Colin de Grandhomme, Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, Dawid Malan, Evin Lewis, Jimmy Neesham, Lungi Ngidi, Martin Guptill, Moeen Ali, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Nicholas Pooran, Odean Smith, Rahkeem Cornwall, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan, Rassie van der Dussen, Reece Topley, Saqib Mahmood, Shakib Al Hasan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tom Curran, Tymal Mills, Wanindu Hasaranga

Diamond: Adam Hose, Andre Fletcher, Andrew Tye, Angelo Mathews, Avishka Fernando, Bas de Leede, Ben Mike, Ben Cutting, Bjorn Fortuin, Brandon King, Cameron Delport, Carlos Brathwaite, Chadwick Walton, Charith Asalanka, Craig Overton, Daniel Sams, Daniel Worrall, David Wiese, Dominic Drakes, Dushmantha Chameera, Dwaine Pretorius, Evan Jones, Fabian Allen, Fazalhaq Farooqi, George Dockrell, Gulbadin Naib, Hayden Walsh, Hazratullah Zazai, Imran Tahir, Jacques Snyman, James Bracey, James Fuller, James Vince, Jamie Overton, Janneman Malan, Jason Roy, Johnson Charles, Josh Little, Keemo Paul, Kevin Sinclair, Kieran Powell, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Laurie Evans, Lendl Simmons, Lewis Gregory, Lewis McManus, Liam Dawson, Liam Norwell, Luke Wood, Maheesh Theekshana, Mahmudullah, Marchant de Lange, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Michael Rippon, Migael Pretorius, Mushfiqur Rahim, Najibullah Zadran, Nkrumah Bonner, Ollie Pope, Olly Stone, Oshane Thomas, Pathum Nissanka, Paul Walter, Qais Ahmad, Rehan Ahmed, Richard Gleeson, Rilee Rossouw, Roelof van der Merwe, Roston Chase, Ryan Gibson, Shai Hope, Shane Dadswell, Sherfane Rutherford, Sikandar Raza, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed, Thisara Perera, Thomas Kaber, Wayne Parnell, Will Jacks

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