LAHORE - Former Pakistan captain Younus Khan, off spinner Saeed Ajmal and ODI captain Azhar Ali remained unsold while Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq was snapped up by Islamabad and M Aamir was picked up by Karachi on the first day of the Players' Draft for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) on Monday.

Sri Lankan fast bowler and T20 skipper Lasith Malinga has excused of participating in the first ever Pakistan’s Twenty20 cricket league, and withdrew his contract, which was signed with the PSL.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) kicked off the drafting for the PSL here at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Monday morning where the five franchises of the PSL picked up their iconic player.

Pakistan’s T20 captain Shahid Afridi was first pick by any franchise as he was signed by Peshawar Zalmi while all-rounder Shoaib Malik was the second one who was chosen by Karachi Kings. Islamabad United picked up Australia’s Shane Watson while Quetta Gladiators selected Kevin Pietersen and Lahore Qalandars signed West Indies stylish all-rounder Chris Gayle.

Pakistan’s highest Tests run-getter Younus Khan, off spinner Saeed Ajmal and ODI captain Azhar Ali, however, went unpicked. A total of 45 players were drafted among the five franchises. Three players each from the platinum, diamond and gold categories were picked up by the franchises, with a minimum of four Pakistanis and four foreigners.

Fast bowler M Amir stepped closer to international cricket when he was chosen by Karachi Kings for the upcoming Pakistan Super League. Amir, who was one of 310 players open for the PSL draft, was picked by Karachi in the Gold category.

Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman, who was recently included in the ICC’s ODI team of the year, was taken by Lahore in the Gold category, while his fellow countryman Tamim Iqbal was chosen in the same bracket by Peshawar. Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan, the other Bangladesh player to be drafted on the day, was picked in Platinum by Karachi.

Lahore were the only team to use up their full quota of foreign players, with Gayle, Mustafizur, Dwayne Bravo, Kevon Cooper and Cameron Delport all drafted during the day. Besides Cooper and Delport, 33-year-old Somerset batsman Jim Allenby was the only other uncapped player to be selected, by Peshawar in the Gold category.

The draft will continue on Tuesday, when each team will choose five players from the Silver category, and two from the Emerging category. Franchises will also have the option to bolster their squad strength to 20 by picking four supplemental players. In the Platinum category players’ selection, Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq was picked by Islamabad. Umar Akmal was picked by Lahore from the Platinum category. Pakistan opener Ahmad Shehzad and wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed were picked by Quetta from the Platinum category.

In the Diamond category players’ selection, all-rounder Imad Wasim was picked by Karachi. Meanwhile, Muhammad Hafeez, who was demoted to the Diamond category after being ignored during the Platinum category players’ selection, was picked by Peshawar.

The draft will continue on Tuesday, when each team will choose five players from the Silver category, and two from the Emerging category. Franchises will also have the option to bolster their squad strength to 20 by picking four supplemental players.

The PSL player list includes 137 Pakistani and 171 foreign players. The short-listed players have been divided into five categories: Each team will be required to pick three players per category from each of the top three categories (Platinum, Diamond and Gold).

While drafting of two emerging players will be mandatory, a team will also be able to pick up to five players from the ‘Silver’ category in order to complete the squad. Each team will have a minimum of four foreign players in the playing 11. The inaugural edition of the PSL is scheduled to take place from Feb 4-23, 2016 in Dubai and Sharjah.

Islamabad United

Shane Watson (Australia)

Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)

Andre Russell (West Indies)

Samuel Badree (West Indies)

Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan)

Brad Haddin (Australia)

Sharjeel Khan (Pakistan)

Mohammad Sami (Pakistan)

Khalid Latif (Pakistan)

Karachi Kings

Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)

Shakib al-Hassan (Bangladesh)

Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan)

Immad Wasim (Pakistan)

Ravi Bopara (England)

Lendl Simmons (West Indies)

Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)

Bilawal Bhatti (Pakistan)

James Vince (England)

Lahore Qalandars

Chris Gayle (West Indies)

Umar Akmal (Pakistan)

Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)

Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan)

Yasir Shah (Pakistan)

Sohaib Maqsood (Pakistan)

Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

Kevon Cooper (West Indies)

Cameron Delport (South Africa)

Peshawar Zalmi

Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

Wahab Riaz (Pakistan)

Darren Sammy (West Indies)

Kamran Akmal (Pakistan)

Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)

Chris Jordan (England)

Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)

Junaid Khan (Pakistan)

James Allenby (Australia)

Quetta Gladiators

Kevin Pietersen (England)

Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan)

Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan)

Anwar Ali (Pakistan)

Jason Holder (West Indies)

Luke Wright (England)

Zulfiqar Babar (Pakistan)

Umar Gul (Pakistan)

Elton Chigumbura (Zimbabwe)