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Multan Sultans
مُلتان سُلطانز
مُلتان سُلطانز”
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Personnel
CaptainPakistan Shan Masood
CoachZimbabwe Andy Flower
OwnerAli Khan Tareen & Alamgir Khan Tareen
Team information
CityMultan, Punjab, Pakistan
ColorsMultanSultanscolours
Founded2018
Home groundMultan Cricket Stadium
Capacity35,000
History
PSL wins0
Official website:[1]

T20I kit

Multan Sultans (Urdu: مُلتان سُلطانز‎, Punjabi: مُلتان سُلطانز) is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 franchise cricket team. The team was originally formed in 2017 with the same name. Schön Properties who bought the team in 2017 failed to pay their annual fee of US$5.2 million and thus their contract was expired.[1][2] Ali Khan Tareen and Taimoor Malik of Multan Consortium are the new owners of the team, who won the rights of the team on 20 December 2018 for US$6.2 million, they decided not to change the name of the team. [3][4][5] The team is nominally based in Multan, and was formed in 2018 to compete in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).[6]Multan Cricket Stadium is the team's home ground with a capacity of 35,000.[7][8] In their inaugural season, the team was captained by Shoaib Malik,[9] who is also their current captain[10] Tom Moody and Wasim Akram were appointed as team's head coach and director respectively.[11][12] Haider Azhar was the GM- Cricket Operations while Nadeem Khan was the team's manager.[12][13] Ahead of 2019 season, Johan Botha, who was serving as assistant coach of the team in 2018 season was appointed as head coach, replacing Tom Moody, who withdrew from his role due to domestic commitments.[14] Ahead of the 2020 psl, Former England cricket team's Head coach Andy Flower was appointed as the Head Coach.[15]

Shoaib Malik and Junaid Khan are team's leading run-scorer and leading wicket-taker respectively.[16][17]

Franchise history[edit]

In April 2017, a few weeks after the conclusion of PSL 2, PSL chairman Najam Sethi announced that there would be a sixth team in the third season of PSL.[18] Pakistan Cricket Board short-listed five regions for the sixth team.[19]

On 1 June 2017, from those five regions, Multan was bought by Schön Properties after winning a bid of US$5.2 million per year for an eight-year contract against 10 contesting bidders. The total contract was worth US$41.6 million. Thus, the Sultans becoming the most expensive team of the PSL replacing Karachi Kings then.[20]

On 10 November 2018, PCB announced that the agreement which gave franchise rights of the Sultans has been terminated. A joint statement issued by Schön Properties and the PCB said that all rights in respect to the team have returned to the board. The termination was brought about due to the franchise failing to pay their annual fee of US$5.2 million.[1][2]

The PCB took responsibility of all player and coach contracts while the public tender process took place to grant the repackaged rights of the team.[2] The new franchise could choose a new name and a new city. Until then the team was known as The Sixth Team, Ali Tareen and Taimoor Malik of Multan consortium, won the bid for the team for US$6.2 million and selected the name for the sixth team again as Multan Sultans.[21][4]

2018 season[edit]

The Sultans began their inaugural campaign on a winning note as they defeated defending champions, Peshawar Zalmi, by 7 wickets in the chase of 152 runs.[22] In the following game, they beat Lahore Qalandars by 43 runs owing to a massive batting collapse induced by the Sultans' bowlers Junaid Khan and Imran Tahir. The former registered a hattrick as the duo reduced the Qalandars from 132-4 to 136 all-out.[23] However, the team's winning run came to an end in the next fixture as they lost to Islamabad United by 5 wickets in the defense of a below-par target of 114.[24]

As the league progressed to Sharjah, Sultans' game against Karachi Kings was washed out due to persistent rain.[25] In the next game, the Sultans comfortable beat Quetta Gladiators by 9 wickets in the chase of a low target of 103. The target was made possible by a batting collapse induced by the Sultans, as the Gladiators lost their last 5 wickets for just 1 run. This included a hat-trick from the legspinner, Imran Tahir.[26]

With the tournament moving back to Dubai, the Sultans had two back-to-back games against Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators, respectively. In the game against Peshawar, the team amassed the highest team total in this year's PSL, 183 runs, which was made possible by Sohaib Maqsood's belligerent innings of 85* (42). In reply, the Zalmis fell short by 19 runs.[27] Against the Gladiators, however, the team lost by 2 wickets in the defense of a 153-run target. The game was closely fought as Sultan's fast bowler, Umer Gul, secured 6 wickets for 24 runs, the best bowling figures this season, before the Gladiators prevailed off a penultimate-ball six.[28]

2019 season[edit]

Multan Sultans started their season against Karachi Kings with a close defeat by just 7 runs. [29] In the next game against Islamabad United they registered their first win after restricting the opponents to only 125 runs and managing to chase the target pretty easily.[30] After their first five games, they lost 4 and won only once. They had their chance against Lahore Qalandars where they posted the highest total batting first of the tournament (200), but bad bowling in last few overs costed them the match, resulting in losing the match on the last ball. [31][32] They won their second match of the season against Islamabad United by 6 wickets. [33][34] Team's bad performance continued as they suffer three more loses, resulting in them being the first team to be eliminated from the season.[35][36]

After playing ten matches, they managed to get over the line in three matches with the 3rd win coming against Lahore Qalandars in their final game of the season, played at National Stadium.[37] As a result, They finished 5th on the points table for the second consecutive year.[38]

Skipper Shoaib Malik was team's leading runs-scorer with 266 runs,[39] while Shahid Afridi with 10 wickets in 8 matches was team's leading wicket-taker for the season.[40]

Team identity[edit]

On 1 August 2017, it was announced that Wasim Akram would switch his occupied position as the Director of Cricketing Operations from Islamabad United to the Multan Sultans franchise for the 2018 PSL.[12] Earlier, it was rumoured that Waqar Younis will unite with Akram to join the team Multan Sultans,[41][42] though he replaced Akram's position at Islamabad United on 14 September.[43]

Team's logo and kit was revealed in a ceremony, held on 22 September 2017. Owner Asher Schon said, "It is great to see everyone welcoming Multan Sultans, the love and enthusiasm is surreal and makes us feel very proud on making the right choice of the team". Team director Wasim Akram stated that the third season of PSL will be a treat for the crowd which will now get to see more home games.[44]

It was also announced that former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has been appointed as a coach of the team.[11]

Team's anthem Hum Hain Multan kay Sultans for 2018 season was sung by singer Waqar Ehsin.

Pakistan film stars Momal Sheikh, Javed Sheikh, Ahsan Khan, Neelam Munir and actress Sadia Khan were the team's star ambassadors in 2018 season.[45][46]

Year Kit Manufacturer Front Branding Back Branding Chest Branding Sleeve Branding
2018 Lake City Fatima Group Mughal Steel Inverex, Super Asia
2019 Pepsi Afsaneh Lay's OLX, Asia Ghee Mill F.C.

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2019, team owners invited 11 young cancer patients from SKMH to watch matches of the team live from the ground. They also spent a day with the team and celebrated team's victory against Islamabad United.[47]

Current squad[edit]

  •      denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
  •      denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season

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  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  •  *  denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Signed year Notes
Batsmen
11 Mohammad Ilyas Pakistan (1996-06-25) 25 June 1996 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2019
14 James Vince England (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2019 Overseas
30 Shan Masood Pakistan (1989-10-14) 14 October 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast 2018
All-rounders
10 Shahid Afridi Pakistan (1980-02-01) 1 February 1980 (age 39) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2019
18 Shoaib Malik Pakistan (1982-02-01) 1 February 1982 (age 37) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018 Captain
Wicket-keepers
Bowlers
27 Mohammad Irfan Pakistan (1982-06-06) 6 June 1982 (age 37) Right-handed Left-arm fast 2018
83 Junaid Khan Pakistan (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 29) Right-handed Left-arm fast 2018
19 Ali Shafiq Pakistan (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast 2019


Management and coaching staff[edit]

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Shoaib Malik was appointed the team's captain in the 2018 season.
Name Position
Pakistan Ali Khan Tareen & Alamgir Khan Tareen Owner(s)
Pakistan Nadeem Khan Manager
Zimbabwe Andy Flower Head Coach
Pakistan Mohammad Wasim Batting Coach
Pakistan Abdul Rehman Assistant Coach
Pakistan Mushtaq Ahmed Bowling Coach
Australia Andrew Leipus Physio
England Nathon Leamon Analyst
Pakistan Yasir Malik Strength & Conditioning coach
Pakistan Haider Azhar GM - Cricket operations

Captains[edit]

No. Nat. Player From To Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR %
1 Pakistan Shoaib Malik 2018 2019 19 07 12 0 1 0 36.84

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 11 March 2019

Result summary[edit]

Overall result in PSL[edit]

Year Pld Won Loss Tie&W Tie&L NR SR(%) Position Summary
2016 Did not Participate
2017 Did not Participate
2018 10 4 5 0 0 1 44.44 5/6 Group stage
2019 10 3 7 0 0 0 30.00 5/6 Group stage
Total 20 7 12 0 0 1 36.84 - 0 Titles

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 11 March 2019

Head-to-head record[edit]

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR SR%
Islamabad United 2018– 4 2 2 0 0 0 50.00
Karachi Kings 2018– 4 0 3 0 0 1 0.00
Lahore Qalandars 2018– 4 2 2 0 0 0 50.00
Peshawar Zalmi 2018– 4 2 2 0 0 0 50.00
Quetta Gladiators 2018– 4 1 3 0 0 0 25.00

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 11 March 2019

Statistics[edit]

Most runs[edit]

Nat. Player From To Matches Inn. Runs Avg. HS 100 50
Pakistan Shoaib Malik 2018 2019 20 17 490 40.83 65* 0 3
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara 2018 2018 10 9 269 33.62 63 0 3
England James Vince 2019 present 8 8 231 28.87 84 0 1
Saint Lucia Johnson Charles 2019 2019 7 7 208 34.66 57 0 2
Pakistan Sohaib Maqsood 2018 2018 10 9 204 29.14 85* 0 1

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 11 March 2019

Most wickets[edit]

Nat. Player From To Matches Wkts Avg. BBI SR 4W 5W
Pakistan Junaid Khan 2018 present 15 15 27.06 3/24 20.0 0 0
Pakistan Mohammad Irfan 2018 present 19 15 29.13 2/19 27.2 0 0
South Africa Imran Tahir 2018 2018 10 13 18.38 3/19 15.2 0 0
Pakistan Shahid Afridi 2019 present 8 10 17.30 2/18 15.4 0 0
Pakistan Mohammad Ilyas 2019 present 8 9 21.55 3/27 16.0 0 0

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last Updated: 11 March 2019

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