Smith named in PSL draft | Warner turns down offer:
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Banned Australia captain Steven Smith is among the 500 players to be named in the draft for the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League. Smith has been classified as a Platinum Player – the highest-paid category. The retired South Africa batsman AB de Villiers. ESPNcricinfo understands that David Warner had turned down PSL management’s request to participate in the league.
De Villiers, who retired from all international cricket in May, had confirmed his participation with a tweet in September.
Australia’s limited-overs specialist Chris Lynn, who had missed the previous season after dislocating his shoulder, while Islamabad United have held on to JP Duminy.
No official decision has been made Brendon McCullum a platinum category player.
Afghanistan’s ace spinner Rashid Khan, who is also in the platinum category on Quetta Gladiators’ roster, had missed the last season for the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. His availability this year depends on Afghanistan Cricket Board’s nod.
The fourth edition of PSL set to begin on February 14 in Dubai. The last eight games will be held in Pakistan with Karachi.