With every passing day, the excitement around the upcoming Pakistan Super League 2020 is growing higher and higher. All eyes will be on the highest paid players of PSL 2020. There is greater interest in the tournament, especially, because it will be played entirely in Pakistan this time around. It’s only a month or so left in the PSL 5 draft which is scheduled somewhere in the mid of November and every franchise is currently busy in doing their homework to pick the best sides for the upcoming PSL 2020.
Amidst all that, what cricket fans are interested in is some exciting news like how much will their favorite players will get in the PSL 5 and who will be the highest paid players of PSL 2020. Though it doesn’t have any direct impact on the result of the tournament, but it’s still related to which team gets the best players and how they’ll perform in the tournament.
Highest Paid Players of PSL 2020
You will have to wait until the PSL draft 2020 in order to find out which players will be getting paid the highest in the upcoming tournament. There is no official news as yet and it will be made public right after the draft.
We’ll update the list of PSL 2020 highest paid players here when it is officially announced. We’re sharing the list of probable options here for you, though.
The flamboyant all-rounder and the former Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi has been the most desirable player for different PSL franchises over the years. He has been paid highly during the previous seasons and is expected to end up earning the highest salary in the PSL 5 too. Last year, he represented Multan Sultans and will likely be moving to Lahore Qalandars after being associated to Qalandars in Abu Dhabi T10 league.
Shane Watson ended up leading the board of highest run getters in the PSL 2019 and has high stakes in the upcoming season of PSL too. The Australian all-rounder has been consistently representing the Quetta Gladiators since the beginning of franchise cricket in Pakistan and has also performed consistently for them too. He was among the highest paid players of PSL 2019 too and will definitely seek a higher salary in the upcoming seasons of the tournament.
Playing for Karachi Kings last year, Ingram impressed a lot with his improvisation skills and some amazing batting talent. During last couple of seasons, he has managed 587 runs from just 17 innings scoring at an average of 34.52. His strike rate is superb too and that’s what makes him an even more important pick for his side. He was also among the highest paid players for the previous season courtesy his superb show with the bat a year earlier and his overall prolific batting form. Over the years he has become an integral part of the Karachi Kings franchise and his salary can only be expected to grow higher from this point onwards.
Wahab Riaz has been the lead player for Peshawar Zalmi side and he has been with them since the inaugural season of the Pakistan Super League. He has been enjoying great run of form both with the ball and bat lately and his commitment to his cause is unshakable. He was a platinum pick for Zalmi in the last season and will remain in the top category for 2020 PSL 5 too. And, we can expect him to continue with the same spirit and make a difference for the Peshawar Zalmi franchise.
Ronchi has been a sizzler with the bat for the Islamabad United on top and he’s been rock solid there. He is expected to make a difference for them yet again. He is averaging high and plays at a brisk strike rate and that’s exactly what makes him the most desirable player for the United for a long time now. Depending on the salary cap that will be announced by the PCB for the upcoming season of PSL, he is expected to secure a high salary yet again.
AB de Villiers
The former South African captain, and the flamboyant middle order batsman, AB de Villiers appeared at the PSL scene for the first time in 2019. And, he performed just the way it was expected from the star. In fact, he was averaging among the top few players in the last season only out of 7 games that he represented his side in. The master blaster averaged 54.50 in his short stint at the event and scored 218 runs in total. Moving ahead into the PSL 2020, a lot will be expected from him and he’s surely going to be picked by the same franchise at a much higher price.
Smith was picked among the highest paid platinum category players during the PSL 4 draft and was all set to play for Multan Sultans. However, just ahead of the tournament, he got injured and was ruled out from the tournament. Now that he has made a comeback to his national side and has been performing at his best, we can expect him to be among the top few picks for this year’s Pakistan Super League as well. We can’t say how much he will bag this year, though. But whatever he gets, he’s definitely going to be among the top highest paid players PSL 2020 for sure.
PSL 2020 Players Salary Cap
So, is there any way that we know the PSL 2020 highest salaries right now? Well, the only option is to get some idea from players salary cap from PSL 4 for different categories set forth by the PCB. The new salary caps for each category will be more or less the same and even if there’s a change it won’t be too much.
Platinum – $570000 (76M PKR)
The platinum category belongs to the highest paid players in PSL 5 just like every previous season. Some of the top names belong to this particular category and each team is allowed to make three picks from the platinum category with a limit of 2 overseas or local players at most. They have a cap of $570000 to be spent on players from this category at most.
- Starting Price for a Platinum Player: $160000
- Maximum Price for a Platinum Player: $250000
Diamond – $250000 (33.6 M PKR)
The second category is the Diamond category that comes with a spending cap of $250000. The teams have to pick three of their players from this category as well. The players with a huge reputation but with not as big a stature as Platinum category players belong to Diamond category.
- Starting Price for a Diamond Player: $80000
- Maximum Price for a Diamond Player: $100000
Gold – $180000 (24.1 M PKR)
The players who do not qualify for the Diamond category are placed in the Gold category. The spending cap for each franchise in this category is $180000. Here again, the franchises can pick a total of 3 players from the Gold category.
- Starting Price for a Gold Player: $50000
- Maximum Price for a Gold Player: $70000
Silver – $140000 (18.8 M PKR)
Most of the local talent is placed in the Silver category along with some foreign players as well. The franchises can pick five players at most from this category to complete their squad. They get a price cap of $140000 for Silver picks.
- Starting Price for a Silver Player: $24000
- Maximum Price for a Silver Player: $40000
Emerging – $25000 (3.3M PKR)
Emerging category belongs to the emerging players from the country where players from the domestic circuit and those picked from any talent hunt programs are placed. The franchises are allowed to make a couple of picks in this category with a price cap of $25000 in total.
- Starting Price for an Emerging Player: $12000
- Maximum Price for an Emerging Player: $13000
Supplementary – $175000 (23.5 M PKR)
In case if some replacements are needed or any backup players are required, the supplementary picks are also available for the franchises. There are four additional players that each franchise can pick for their team with a total price cap of $175000.
So, these are the price ranges for the different categories in which the teams have to pick their squad members. The price cap for each category in the upcoming PSL 5 is going to be somewhere near the prices mentioned above. The PSL 2020 draft is scheduled in November and we’ll find out only then as to how much each franchise has spent and who are the highest paid players of PSL 2020. So, stay tuned until then and wait for our update on the PSL 2020 highest paid players!