SYDNEY - Shane Watson will play in the Pakistan Super League ahead of Australia's World T20 campaign. Australia allrounder Watson, who has retired from Test cricket after being dropped during the Ashes series, has signed the PSL consent form to become a part of the draft process.

The player drafting is scheduled to take place in December this year with many top players set to take part, including former Australian Test players Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge and Shaun Tait. "I am very excited to be involved in the inaugural PSL," said Watson, who will be hoping to be a part of the Aaron Finch-led Australian team aiming to win their first World T20 in India next year. There are a lot of world class players involved so I can’t wait to be a part of it."

PSL Chairman Najam Sethi said the tournament's organisers are 'delighted' to have snared the services of a player who has amassed more than 4,000 T20 runs. "He will definitely be a hot pick in the PSL draft," said Sethi.

The PSL tournament runs between February 4 to 24 with matches in Dubai and Sharjah. Those dates overlap with Australia's Qantas Tour of New Zealand where three Chappell-Hadlee ODIs and two Tests will be played.

Watson becomes the 152nd player from outside of Pakistan to sign up to play in the PSL, the group representing eight full members and five associate members of the ICC. The Australian may lock horns again with Pakistan speedster Wahab Riaz after the pair's enthralling duel during the World Cup earlier this year. Or perhaps the draft may see them play together as teammates.

Some of the other high profile players who have agreed to play in the PSL are; Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen, Grant Elliot, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Bopara, Andre Russell, Luke Wright, Dwayne Bravo, TM Dilshan, Shakib al Hasan, James Anderson, Samuel Badree, Ian Bell, Darren Sammy, Tim Bresnan, Angelo Mathews, Sunil Narine, Lasith Malinga, Michael Carberry, Samit Patel, Fidel Edwards, Thisara Perera, Adil Rashid, Brendan Taylor, Kemar Roach, Chris Jordan, Tamim Iqbal, Jesse Ryder and Dwayne Smith.