The third season of Pakistan Super League is expected to be bigger than previous editions. The likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pietersen and Sunil Narine were retained for PSL 2018 by their respective franchises. However, they were a number of big players who were overlooked by PSL franchises for the coming season. The missing stars might have added an extra spark in the competition with their abilities with bat and ball. Here are the top 10 players who went unsold and could not take part in PSL 2018.
Chris Gayle – West Indies T20 Superstar was largely ignored due to poor form and fitness in the previous two editions of PSL. The big shock came when Gayle was not picked by any of the franchises partly due to his current form with the bat.
Jason Holder– West Indies captain has been performing well for the national side and could have been a handful in conditions like UAE. He is a good striker of a cricket ball and has done a decent with the ball in hand.
Thisara Perera – Sri Lanka all-rounder has given credible performances with bat and ball at the international Level. Perera has experience in playing for different leagues around the world and would have been a good pick for any franchise given his all-round abilities.
Kyle Abbot – Kyle Abbott is a splendid performer in the T20 format and did a great job in NatWest T20 Blast last season. South African pacer does bowl well in conditions that offer seam movement.
Marlon Samuels – West Indies batsman has a considerable amount of experience in T20 cricket. His performances have taken a hit after 2016 T20 World Cup but you can never count him out as a player who can raise his game on big occasions. The franchises might rue the fact that Samuels could have made the difference in this upcoming season.
Martin Guptill – New Zealand opener will be feeling hard done as he has been in the form of his life in the 20-over format. He has big hundreds to his name in the format and would certainly have added a spark at the top of the innings for any side.
Niroshan Dickwella – Sri Lanka opener and wicket-keeper is an aggressive player who does like to take the attack to the bowlers. Dickwella likes to play shots in the initial overs of the innings and does have the ability to take the game away from the opposition.
Asela Gunaratne – Sri Lankan all-rounder has been superb in the T20 format. He was instrumental in Sri Lanka securing their famous T20 series win in 2017 in Australia. PSL would certainly be keen to see Gunaratne unleashing his abilities with bat and ball.
David Malan – The England middle-order played in the previous edition of PSL for Peshawar Zalmi but could not find any franchises for the coming season due to his international commitments with England. Malan would certainly have missed the season as England is scheduled to play New Zealand in two-match test series.
Adil Rashid – The leggie has given consistently good performances for England and would have certainly been a handful on slow and low surfaces prepared in UAE.
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