Pakistan Super League’s Franchise Multan Sultans suffered another huge blow ahead of Pakistan Super League’s 4th edition as Joe Denly has been ruled out of PSL.
The consortium of Alamgir Khan Tareen and Ali Tareen won the franchise rights of the Sixth team (Multan Sultans) of HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) with a whopping amount of Rs880 million per annum for the next seven years.
Joe Denly who was bought by Pakistan Super League’s franchise Multan Sultans will miss the 4th edition of PSL due to national duty.
Joe Denly has been selected in England’s test and ODI squad for tour of West Indies. He wont be available to play for Multan Sultans in PSL till 2nd March.
The England squad has reached in the Caribbean to face West Indies. England will take on West Indies in 3 Tests, 5 one-day internationals (ODI) and 3 Twenty20 (T20) games.
The opening Test of the three-match series between the West Indies and England will start on Wednesday 23 January at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Earlier, PSL team Multan Sultans suffered a big blow on Saturday as Sultan’s Australian batsman Steve Smith was ruled out of Pakistan Super League 2019 due to an elbow injury.
Smith was asked to return home from Bangladesh where he was playing in Bangladesh Premier League after he felt discomfort while batting.
It is still unclear that how Smith picked the injury but he was unable to bat due to the problem.
Smith will now undergo surgery and is expected to wear a brace for six weeks before commencing rehabilitation which has ruled him out from Pakistan Super League, which will be played from February 14 to March 17 as the former Australian captain is not expected to regain full fitness in this period.
“I am disappointed I won’t be able to play in HBL PSL but I wish Multan Sultans all the best for this year’s tournament,” said Steve Smith.
“I was looking forward to playing the tournament and helping the team try to win the trophy. We have a talented team and I am confident that they will do very well.”
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed disappointment over the development.
“We are sad to lose a player of Steve’s caliber but we wish him a speedy recovery,” said a PCB spokesman.
“Hopefully we will see him in future editions of HBL PSL, the league fans would miss seeing him live in action this season.”
According to the PCB, Multan Sultans will now seek a replacement for Smith and Denly at the Replacement Draft later this month.
Multan Sultans Squad:
Platinum – Steve Smith (injured & ruled out), Shoaib Malik, and Shahid Afridi.
Diamond – Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, and Joe Denly.
Gold – Shan Masood, Qais Ahmed, and Nicholas Pooran.
Silver – Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Umar Siddiq, Laurie Evans, and Nauman Ali.
Emerging – Mohammad Junaid and Mohammad Ilyas.
Supplementary – Dan Christian, Tom Moores, Ali Shafiq, and Shakeel Ansar.