Delray Rawlins misses out on Pakistan Super League draft
Delray Rawlins has missed out on being drafted for the sixth instalment of the Pakistan Super League.
The Bermuda all-rounder was included among a star-studded list of players aiming to be signed by one of the six franchises — Islamabad United, Multan Sultan, Lahore Qalandars, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators — in Sunday’s draft, ahead of the season commencing from February 20 to March 22, in Karachi and Lahore.
Despite drawing plaudits as one of Sussex County Cricket Club’s top performers with impressive displays with the bat and ball during last year’s pandemic-hit domestic season, the 23-year-old failed to earn a place among any of the team’s rosters for the upcoming campaign.
To compound matters, five of Rawlins’s Sussex team-mates will be playing their trade in the league after being drafted on Sunday.
David Wiese has been retained by Lahore Qalandars, the side he has represented in the last two editions of the tournament.
With 12 wickets, 131 runs and a strike-rate of 170, Wiese shone for the Qalandars with both bat and ball in last year's competition and was named in the team of the tournament after helping his side reach the final for the first time in their history.
The South African will be joined at Lahore by Rashid Khan, who will take part in his first PSL.
While Wiese and Rashid will be plying their trade in Lahore, Phil Salt will be based in Pakistan's capital city, as he returns to Islamabad United for a second campaign with the two-times winners.
Salt appeared only once in the truncated 2020 PSL, but impressed with a quickfire 25 and also showed his capabilities behind the stumps.
Chris Jordan, who played for 2020 winners Karachi Kings last year, will join Salt in Islamabad to play for United. England's leading Twenty20 international wicket-taker captured nine wickets for the Kings before the tournament was halted at the start of the pandemic.
Ravi Bopara is the final Sussex player to be involved in the 2021 PSL, where he will feature for Peshawar Zalmi, having represented Multan Sultans last year.
Despite the setback, Rawlins can still look forward to being part of the inaugural The Hundred tournament this year after previously being drafted by Southern Brave.
Rawlins, who will play alongside close friend and Sussex team-mate Jofra Archer, Andre Russell, the West Indies all-rounder, Australia batsman David Warner and England batsman James Vince, will earn at least £50,000 (about $65,000) after being added to Brave's 15-player squad.
Ninety-six players were selected in the first major player draft in British sport, with 474 going unsold.
The Hundred is a professional 100-ball tournament in England and Wales run by the ECB involving eight teams — Manchester Originals, Northern Superchargers, Birmingham Phoenix, Trent Rockets, Welsh Fire, London Spirit, Oval Invincibles and Southern Brave — played across seven cities.
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place in July of last year but was forced to reschedule to this summer because of the pandemic.