HBL Pakistan Super League: Zalmi pick Pakistan captain Babar as Haider, Malik join Kings.

LAHORE -- Pakistan captain and master batsman Babar Azam will don Peshawar Zalmi colours in the eighth edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League to be held in January-February 2023.

In one of the biggest trades of the tournament, 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi snapped 28-year-old Babar in the Platinum category and the first pick in the supplementary round for Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik who move to Karachi Kings, the winners of the 2020 edition, in Platinum and Diamond categories, respectively, before the trade and retention window closed on Friday evening.

During the trade and retention window, a side can assemble up to eight players before the HBL PSL Player Draft, in which it can increase the squad side to 18 players - three each in Platinum, Diamond and Gold categories, five Silver, two Emerging and up to two Supplementary categories.

Right-handed Babar who was at Islamabad United before moving to Karachi Kings, is the only player in Platinum category for Peshawar Zalmi. Wahab Riaz and Sherfane Rutherford are in Diamond, while Mohammad Haris, who has lightened up the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup with his fearless batting, is in Gold.

Peshawar Zalmi are the only side to retain seven players.

Haider is Karachi's only player in the Platinum category, while Shoaib joins Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir in the Diamond. They have retained Sharjeel Khan, Mir Hamza and Aamir Yamin in the Silver category and Qasim Akram in the Emerging.

Defending champions Lahore Qalandars have retained Pakistan pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi, their captain, and Rashid Khan in the Platinum category.

All-rounder David Wiese stays in the Diamond category. While Lahore have retained seven players, they will announce their eighth retention in due course.

Multan Sultans, the winners of the 2021 edition and the 2022 finalists, have retained middle-order batters Khushdil Shah and Rilee Rossouw in Diamond category and Tim David in Gold. Their captain Mohammad Rizwan, the highest run getter in T20 Internationals since the beginning of 2021 and the player of HBL PSL 2021, is their only retention in the Platinum. Fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani, named Multan Sultans' Brand Ambassador, joins David in the Gold category.

Islamabad United, the winners of the inaugural and third editions in 2016 and 2018, have retained their captain Shadab Khan in the Platinum category. They have kept two players in the Diamond with Asif Ali being named as the Brand Ambassador and Mohammad Wasim Jnr...

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