The cricketing fraternity in Pakistan is desperately waiting for the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to get underway next month. For the first time in the history of the competition, the home soil of Pakistan is going to host the entire tournament.
It is indeed huge news not only for the fans but also for the local players who are getting ready for their first Pakistan Super League (PSL) experience on the home grounds of Pakistan.
Like all other franchises, the Multan Sultans have also opted for a very strong pool of players and their entire squad consists of some heavyweights of the game. The Sultans were added as the sixth franchise in the competition and before Ali Tareen and company, this team was sold to Schon group of companies in 2018.
After some financial irregularities in their first season were revealed, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had decided to take away the franchise rights of the Multan Sultans from the Schon group and they were sold to Ali Tareen and Taimur Malik from Multan Consortium. Ali and Taimur got the rights of the franchise for a whopping amount of $6.2 million in December 2018.
Under their ownership, the Multan Sultans took part in the Pakistan Super League 2019 edition but they could not live up to the expectations of the fans from South Punjab. However, the franchise owners are making all sorts of efforts to bring the best out of their players in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020.
Multan Sultans 2020 Team Fixtures:
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 edition is going to take off on the 20th of February and the Sultans will begin their journey in the tournament against the Lahore Qalandars on the 21st of February at the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
For their 2nd encounter of the tournament, the Sultans will take on the mighty Islamabad United on the 22nd of February in Lahore. They’re going to play two consecutive matches in two days.
After their first two matches, the Multan Sultans will enjoy a gap of three days and they will battle it out in their 3rd match of the tournament against the Yellow Storm of Peshawar Zalmi on the 26th of February. Their third match of the tournament against Zalmi is also going to be their first home match played at the beautiful Multan Cricket Stadium.
They will also play their next two matches at home against the Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators on the 28th and 29th of February. They will face the Karachi Kings once again on the 6th of March at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. For their next encounter against Islamabad United, the Sultans will move to the beautiful Pindi Cricket Stadium on the 8th of March 2020.
They will play their last three matches against the strong sides of Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars on the 11th, 13th and 15TH of March 2020.
They will play against the Quetta Gladiators at the Qaddafi Stadium Lahore whilst their last two matches against Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars are going to be played at the National Stadium in Karachi.
- Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars 21 Feb 2020
- Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United 22 Feb 2020
- Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi 26 Feb 2020
- Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings 28 Feb 2020
- Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators 29 Feb 2020
- Multan Sultans vs Karachi Kings 06 March 2020
- Multan Sultans vs Islamabad United 08 March 2020
- Multan Sultans vs Quetta Gladiators 11 March 2020
- Multan Sultans vs Peshawar Zalmi 13 March 2020
- Multan Sultans vs Lahore Qalandars 15 March 2020
The Multan Sultans have opted for some quality players in their squad during the PSL 2020 Draft in December last year. They have also brought in the former captain of Zimbabwe Andy Flower as their Head Coach. Multan Sultans have released the former captain of Pakistan Shoaib Malik and he has been picked up by the Peshawar Zalmi side.
The English all-rounder Moeen Ali is also amongst the players picked in the platinum category and the South African spin-wizard Imran Tahir will also feature for the Sultans in the upcoming edition.
Multan Sultans Complete Squad:
- Moeen Ali (England)
- Rilee Rossouw (South Africa)
- Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan)
- Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)
- Shan Masood (Pakistan)
- Ravi Bopara (England)
- Fabian Allen (West Indies)
- Ali Shafiq (Pakistan)
- Khushdil Shah (Pakistan)
- Usman Qadir (Pakistan)
- Rohail Nazir (Pakistan)
- Mohammad Ilyas (Pakistan)
- James Vince (England)
- Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan)
- Junaid Khan (Pakistan)
- Imran Tahir (South Africa)
- Bilawal Bhatti (Pakistan)
- Zeeshan Ashraf (Pakistan)
As you can see, the Multan Sultans have opted for quite a few English players in their squad and it is because most of the English players are going to be available for the entire PSL season in 2020.
They have not decided their captain and we’re expecting them to announce their captain for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 just before the tournament kicks off in February.