Peshawar Zalmi picked Shahid Afridi as their captain and iconic player. ©AFP
Peshawar Zalmi picked Shahid Afridi as their captain and iconic player. ©AFP

Karachi: Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi became the first player to be picked in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) after being signed by Peshawar Zalmi on Monday. While Quetta Gladiators roped in former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, swashbuckling West Indies opener Chris Gayle went to Lahore Qalandars as the Pakistan Cricket Board started its players’ drafting in Lahore’s National Cricket Academy. Heaping praise on the PCB for promoting the Twenty20 league, Afridi said that the platform should be used to encourage new talent, the Dawn reported. The inaugural edition of the PSL will kickstart from February 4 to 24 in Dubai and Sharjah, and will feature 24 matches. Live updates Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 2016 draft: Mohammad Aamer to Karachi

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has opted the draft system of allocating players instead of auctioning them like in the Indian Premier League (IPL). This has been implemented in order to ensure financial viability for all teams. The five teams will choose players from five different categories — Platinum, Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging — under set guidelines. Teams will pay a fixed per-determined price for their picks from each category instead of engaging in a bidding war. Each team has to pick three players each from the Platinum, Diamond and Gold categories each ehich amounts to nine players of which there has to be a minimum of four Pakistanis and equal number of foreigners. ALSO READ: Pakistan Super League 2016: Dean Jones arrives in Lahore after visa row

Teams will have to shell out USD 140,000 for players in the Platinum category. Players in the Diamond category will make USD 70,000, while the prices for the Gold category players dip down to USD 50,000. The Silver category players are set to bag contracts worth USD 25,000 and the Emerging players can get USD 10,000.