LAHORE - Drafts for the second season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL2) will be held in Dubai Sports City on Wednesday. After a successful first edition of the PSL, the drafts process marks the beginning of PSL2.

The Lahore Qalandars will be the first team to choose players in the drafts, followed by the Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United.

The Lahore Qalandars are all set to pick ex-New Zealand Captain Brendan McCullum in the first pick, as they have already announced him as captain of the team in place of Azhar Ali. PSL Chairman Najam Sethi said the drafts would be even more star-studded this year as compared to the previous year.

Although most team retained players from the first season of the PSL, the retention policy would be reviewed next year in order to give new players chance to be part of the drafts, he said.

Sethi said that although the opening ceremony will be in Dubai next year, the organisation will try to hold the closing ceremony and final in Lahore.

The PSL chairman announced that the PSL and Pakistan Cricket Board would separate companies starting next month, and that a majority of company directors would be hired from outside the PCB in order to keep the PSL free from the PCB's politics. Sethi added that he would not be the PSL chairman next year.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) media manager Raza Rashid many top international players will be seen in action in PSL.

He said the players drafting exists on 414 foreign and national players who will be further divided into five categories.

Platinum category includes 28 players, diamond category 33, gold category 74, silver category 255 and emerging category includes 24 players. Platinum category includes nine Pakistani and 19 foreign players. He said the top players in this category includes Shane Watson, Shakib al Hasan, Alex Hales, Ian Morgan, Jason Roy, Kevin Peterson, Stuart Broad, Brendon McCallum, Kumar Sangakkara, Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardena, Andrew Russell, Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, Misbah ul Haq, Muhammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Wahab Raiz and Younus Khan.

He said that ten Zimbabwe players and also those countries players who are not Test playing nation are also included in the 414 players drafting list.

"The players included from the non Test playing nations include Afghanistan 9 players, Ireland 6 players, Holland 2 players while one player each from Canada, Oman, UAE and USA," he said.