The fourth season of the Pakistan Super League will be held in 2019 and the PSL 2019 squads for all teams were finally announced at the end of the PSL Draft that was held on November 20.
The 2019 Pakistan Super League will provide a series of firsts for supporters. In the fourth season of the Twenty20 league, which starts in Dubai in February, AB de Villiers will be making his tournament debut.
Abu Dhabi will host PSL matches for the first time – four in two days – while supporters based back in Pakistan will now get to see regular league season games.
Where finals matches have been played in Lahore and Karachi in the past two seasons, now the franchises representing those two cities will get to play in front of home faithful.
The Pakistan Super League Replacement Draft will be held on January 24 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
The PSL Replacement Draft is initiated in a bid to allow teams to select their 21st player and to allow the local players to showcase their skills in front of a larger audience.
The replacement draft will be held in Lahore on 24 January where different teams will pick the players who withdrew from the PS43 due to different reasons or were available for a limited period.
Pakistan Super League’s Franchise Multan Sultans will be looking for the replacement of Steve Smith who ruled out of PSL due to injury and Joe Denly who is unavailable for PSL-3 due to national duty.
Steve Smith got injured at the Bangladesh Premier League while playing for Comilla Victorians and Joe Denly was named in the England squad for series against West Indies.
Multan Sultans on Tuesday appointed former Pakistan Cricket Team captain Shoaib Malik as its captain for the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The 36-year-old batsman who led the franchise in the previous season of the PSL will lead the team in the upcoming edition of PSL as well.
Likely Replacement’s of Steve Smith and Joe Denly:
1. Paul Stirling
Paul Robert Stirling is an Irish cricketer. Considered as one of the best batsmen to play for Ireland, Stirling is the opening batsman for Ireland and a useful right arm offbreak bowler as well.
He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Ireland’s first ever Test match, against Pakistan, in May 2018. In December 2018, he was one of nineteen players to be awarded a central contract.
He made his Twenty20 and List A debuts for Middlesex in 2010 and 2011 respectively. In September 2018, he was named in Kandahar’s squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League. The following month, he was named in Paarl Rocks squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.
2. Ben Cutting
Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting could proved to be a useful replacement for Multan Sultans.
Cutting who made his T20 international debut on 26 January 2013 is currently contracted to the the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.He first made a mark in Indian Premier League 2016 by finishing off the finals match in favour of the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Ben Cutting was part of the World XI side who visited Pakistan to play three Twenty20 International matches against Pakistan in the 2017 Independence Cup in Lahore.
3. Brendon McCullum
Former Lahore Qalandars captain Brendon McCullum could also be a useful replacement. McCullum who is the former leading run scorer in Twenty20 International cricket and is the first and so far only one of the two players to have scored two T20 International centuries and 2000 runs in T20 Internationals.
McCullum who originally played in the side as a wicketkeeper-batsman will be the best pick for Multan Sultans as there are chances of Nicholas Pooran who is the glove-man of Sultans getting selected for the ODI & T20 series against England. In his absence McCullum could be the best replacement Multan have.
4. Chris Gayle
Universal Boss Christopher Henry Gayle who didn’t require any introduction can also be on Multan Sultan’s radar list.
Chris Gayle who has represented Lahore Qalandars in the first edition of Pakistan Super League and Karachi Kings in the 2nd edition. Pakistan Super League had been Gayle’s worst T20 league, citing bad performance.
In the inaugural edition of the PSL in 2016, Gayle represented Lahore Qalandars and scored just 103 runs from five matches at an average of 20.60. In the second season, he played for Karachi Kings and could only manage 160 runs from nine matches at an average of 17.77.
The 38-year old West Indies batsman was among the high-profile cricketers who was not get picked by any of the six teams during the PSL-3 and PSL-4 Draft.
5. Chris Lynn
Australian Right-handed top order batsman Christopher Austin Lynn might be the replacement Multan Sultan’s looking for. Chris Lynn who is a genuine hard-hitter of the ball has the ability to turn any match in his favor with his batting skills.
Chris Lynn, who missed out on representing Lahore Qalandars in last year’s tournament due to an injury, will be available for whole season if he’s signed by Multan Sultans.
He is currently representing the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.
6. Dwayne Smith
Dwayne Smith is a former Barbadian international cricketer who has represented the West Indies in all three formats of the game. A (part-time) all-rounder, he is known as an aggressive and powerful right-handed batsman, bowls medium pace, and is also an athletic fielder.
Smith has played for Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League.
Smith was bought by Islamabad United and he made his debut in 2016 season. Smith joined the side when half of team’s matches were played. In the Final of 2016 season Smith won the Man of the Match award after he took United to title victory by scoring 73 from 51 balls.
He was retained by United at 2017 Pakistan Super League players draft. He was the leading run scorer for his side scoring 274 runs in 9 matches he played.
Who will represent Multan Sultans in the 4th edition will be decided today in the Pakistan Super League Replacement Draft taking place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Pakistan Super League’s Franchise Lahore Qalandars will also be looking for the replacement of Haris Sohail who has been ruled out of Pakistan Super League’s 4th edition.
Left-handed batsman Haris Sohail is unlikely to take part in the fourth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to a knee injury.
Sohail was drafted in by the Lahore Qalandars during the draft in Islamabad on November 20 but it seems like he won’t be able to play for the franchise after failing to recover from his recurring knee issues.