• Ingram, Imran and AB are PSL’s ‘platinum players’

    South African batsmen Colin Ingram and AB de Villiers as well as leg-spinner Imran Tahir have been listed among the so-called ‘platinum players’ for the Pakistan Super League draft.

    The list also includes West Indies trio Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine – and Australian duo Steven Smith and Chris Lynn.

    Smith is currently serving a Cricket Australia-imposed ban after being involved in the ball-tampering saga that rocked world cricket during the Test series against South Africa earlier this year. The suspension does not prevent him from featuring as an overseas star in domestic tournaments such as the Caribbean Premier League and Pakistan Super League.

    De Villiers, who relatively retired from international cricket recently, confirmed his availability for the PSL last month – and will likely play for the Lahore Qalandars.

    Tahir’s talent was on display during this week’s second ODI against Zimbabwe in Bloemfontein, where a six-wicket haul – including a hat-trick, catapulted South Africa to a convincing win.

    Ingram is not available to the Proteas after signing a Kolpak contract. The hard-hitting left-hander boasts plenty of Twenty20 experience, after stints with the Big Bash League’s Adelaide Strikers, Indian Premier League’s Delhi Daredevils, Caribbean Premier League’s Trinbago Knight Riders, Pakistan Super League’s Karachi Kings and others.

    ‘Playing with Karachi Kings gave me a great opportunity to interact with some lovely people from Pakistan. The quality of cricket at the PSL stood out for me but, more importantly, I am very proud of the fact that I played in Pakistan and experienced what this game means to Pakistani fans,’ said Ingram.

    The Pakistan Super League will start on 14 February 2019.

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