Qalandars land de Villiers in PSL draft, Smith second pick

Lahore Qalandars recruited A.B. de Villiers to play alongside the likes of Carlos Brathwaite and Yasir Shah in the PSL.

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers   -  Getty Images

Lahore Qalandars selected A.B. de Villiers as first pick in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft and Steve Smith was snapped up by a yet-to-be-named franchise on Tuesday.

De Villiers was the prized selection as a 'Platinum' player for a tournament which gets under way in February. Mohammad Hafeez, Carlos Brathwaite and Yasir Shah will be among the former South Africa captain's Qalandars teammates.

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Banned ex-Australia skipper Smith was recruited by a 'sixth team' - formerly Multan Sultans - to play alongside the likes of Mohammad Abbas, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik.

Defending champion Islamabad United brought in former England batsman Ian Bell and secured a return for his compatriot Samit Patel.

Kieron Pollard will play for Peshawar Zalmi, while fellow West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was picked by Quetta Gladiators.