The mini draft ahead of the league was conducted on Tuesday, 24 July in Dubai, with the eight teams – up from six last time – picking their icon player and four others.Kerala Kings, the 2017 champions, retained Eoin Morgan, choosing him as their icon player, while the other first-edition teams chose Rashid Khan (Maratha Arabians), Shahid Afridi (Pakhtoons), Sunil Narine (Bengal Tigers), Shoaib Malik (Punjabi Legends) and Brendon McCullum (Rajputs – earlier Team Sri Lanka).
|Team||Icon player||Other players|
|Bengal Tigers||Sunil Narine||Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Asif Ali, Mujeeb ur Rahman|
|Karachians||Shane Watson||Jofra Archer, Anton Devcich, Colin de Grandhomme, Ben Laughlin|
|Kerala Kings||Eoin Morgan||Kieron Pollard, Sohail Tanvir, Paul Stirling, Dasun Shanaka|
|Maratha Arabians||Rashid Khan||James Faulkner, Alex Hales, Dwayne Bravo, Kamran Akmal|
|Northern Warriors||Darren Sammy||Andre Russell, Dwayne Smith, Wahab Riaz, Nicholas Pooran|
|Pakhtoons||Shahid Afridi||Colin Ingram, David Willey, Mohammad Irfan, Liam Dawson|
|Punjabi Legends||Shoaib Malik||Evin Lewis, Chris Jordan, Luke Ronchi, Liam Plunkett|
|Rajputs||Brendon McCullum||Mohammad Hafeez, Rilee Rossouw, Chris Lynn, Mohammad Shahzad|
Northern Warriors and Karachians, the two new franchises, opted for Darren Sammy and Shane Watson respectively.
The remainder of the teams will be picked in the second draft in September.
The first edition of the tournament was played over four days in December last year in Sharjah. A total of 13 games were played, making it a neatly packed tournament.
This time, with two teams added, there will be 28 games, with the action spanning 10 days.