Former Australia captain Steve Smith was picked up in the Pakistan Super League player draft by the unnamed ‘sixth team’ on Tuesday. The 29-year-old was picked at No. 2 in the Platinum category which will see him paid between $160,000 and the maximum for one player is $250,000 for the month-long tournament.
The fourth edition of the competition is set to commence on February 14 and end on March 17, just 12 days prior to the conclusion of his ban from Australia's international and domestic competitions.
Smith is one of three Australians in the PSL, alongside 'Sixth Team' teammate Dan Christian and Quetta Gladiators’ all-rounder Shane Watson.
Earlier in the day, Cricket Australia (CA) rejected the Australian Cricketers' Association's (ACA) submission for the bans handed to Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft be reduced.
Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers was the overall No. 1 pick in the draft, with Lahore Qalandars attaining his services from the Platinum category – the highest-paid group.
Veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi will also be joining Smith in the unpurchased team which will be captained by Pakistan international Shoaib Malik, while former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was picked up by Peshawar Zalmi after backing out of a deal to mentor for Islamabad United.
Islamabad United: Shadab Khan, Luke Ronchi, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Sami, Asif Ali, Ian Bell, Rumman Raees, Samit Patel, Philip Salt, Hussain Talat, Sahibzada Farhan, Zafar Gohar, Waqas Maqsood, Cameron Delport, Musa Khan, Nasir Nawaz, Wayne Parnell, Zahir Khan, Amad Butt, Rizwan Hussain
Karachi Kings: Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Colin Munro, Usman Khan Shinwari, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Sikandar Raza, Awais Zia, Aaron Summers, Usama Mir, Sohail Khan, Iftikhar Ahmad, Ali Imran, Abrar Ahmed, Aamer Yamin, Ben Dunk, Liam Livingstone, Jaahid Ali
Peshawar Zalmi: Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Keiron Pollard, Darren Sammy, Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan, Umer Amin, Umaid Asif, Khalid Usman, Wayne Madsen, Sohaib Maqsood, Jamal Anwar, Sameen Gul, Nabi Gul, Waqar Salamkheil, Chris Jordan, Ibtisam Sheikh, Samiullah
Quetta Gladiators: Sarfraz Ahmed, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, Rilee Rossouw, Umar Akmal, Fawad Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Saud Shakil, Mohammad Asghar, Danish Aziz, Ahsan Ali, Ghulam Mudassar, Nasim Shah, Harry Gurney, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Azam Khan, Jalat Khan
Lahore Qalandars: Fakhar Zaman, AB de Villiers, Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Shah, Carlos Brathwaire, Corey Anderson, Anton Devchich, Rahat Ali, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shaheen Afridi, Hassan Khan, Agha Salman, Sohail Akhtar, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Imran, Umair Maqsood, Brendon Taylor, Gauhar Ali, Aizaz Cheema, Harris Rauf
The Sixth Team: Shoaib Malik, Steve Smith, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Joe Denly, Shan Masood, Qais Ahmed, Nicholas Pooran, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Umar Siddiq, Laurie Evans, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Junaid, Mohammad Ilyas, Dan Christian, Tom Moores, Ali Shafiq, Shakeel Ansar