Shoaib Malik named captain of Multan Sultans

Shoaib Malik named captain of Multan Sultans

Multan Sultans are the latest team to have joined the PSL.

Shoaib Malik Pakistan
Shoaib Malik of Pakistan. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Veteran Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik has been named the captain of the PSL team Multan Sultans. The PSL draft is taking place today at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Lahore Qalandars got the privilege of calling the first draft pick, as they finished at the bottom place last season. Therefore, in the same manner, the side that finished second last will get to pick the second option.

A total of 501 players have been named in the draft. Out of which 308 are foreign cricketers. Imran Tahir, Mitchell Johnson, Mustafizur Rahim and Chris Lynn are some of the big names. Multan Sultan had picked nine players from the poll of cricketers released by other franchises.

Multan Sultans entry

As per ESPNcricinfo’s report, five teams from the previous season were given a deadline to retain nine players from their existing contracted players, releasing all others from their roster. Then, Multan were allowed to select players from the list of all released players without any constraint.

The official Twitter handle of the PSL tweeted “Congratulations to @realshoaibmalik on his appointment as the captain of @MultanSultans , All the very best to the T20 great and the Sultans for the #HBLPSL season 3 #HBLPSLDraft.”

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“Teams have already retained nine players each and will go into the PSL Player Draft 2017 to pick one Platinum, one Diamond, one Gold, two Silver and two Emerging players each in order to complete their squads of 16,” explained a Pakistan Cricket Board statement. “Teams may also pick up to four players in the supplementary rounds.”

It was earlier believed that a few games will be played in Pakistan. And it is very likely that Lahore will get to host yet another final of the mega event. The league stage will be staged in UAE. Lahore might also get to host the play-off games according to reports.