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    Multan Sultans appoint Mohammad Rizwan as captain for PSL6

    The Multan Sultans management is pleased to appoint Mohammad Rizwan as the Captain of the
    franchise for HBL PSL6. The wicketkeeper-batsman is presently the first-choice wicketkeeper for
    Pakistan and is also the vice-captain of the National Test team.

    “Mohammad Rizwan has shown exemplary leadership qualities with the Pakistan team as well as with
    Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Domestic tournaments. He is presently one of the very best in the world in
    his position and we are excited to have him lead our team for the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super

    League. We are grateful to Shan Masood for leading the franchise exceptionally well last season and for
    instilling a winning mentality within the team.”

    Alamgir Khan Tareen
    Owner, Multan Sultans


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    “I look forward to leading the Multan Sultans team for the upcoming season. I have understood the
    innovative approach the franchise applied last season and am looking forward to playing my part this
    year. Multan Sultans had a successful HBL PSL 5 and we will aspire to go even better this time around
    especially with senior Pakistani players like Shahid Khan Afridi, Shan Masood and Sohail Tanveer to look
    up to. I am grateful to the owner Mr. Alamgir Khan Tareen and the Head Coach, Andy Flower, for this
    opportunity and shall, InshaAllah, repay the franchise for the trust that they’ve shown in me with positive results on the field.”

    Mohammad Rizwan
    Captain, Multan Sultans


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    Excellent decision.

    The Shan Masood scam is finally coming to an end both at international and PSL level.

    The next step is to kick him out from the playing XI and later release him from the squad altogether.

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    PSL is completely shambles.

    Rizwan is captain, Shadab is captain, Wahab is captain, Sarfraz is captain, Imad is captain and even Sohail Akhtar has a team to lead, but Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan in all formats including T20Is is not leading any PSL team.

    It is so hard to get your head around it. Only in Pakistan will you find such comedy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    PSL is completely shambles.

    Rizwan is captain, Shadab is captain, Wahab is captain, Sarfraz is captain, Imad is captain and even Sohail Akhtar has a team to lead, but Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan in all formats including T20Is is not leading any PSL team.

    It is so hard to get your head around it. Only in Pakistan will you find such comedy.
    how did he become a captain?

    Did he even feature in domestic tournaments this season?

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    Imad needs tl be removed as captain.


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    Can't believe Karachi preferred Walton over him


    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    Good decision. Shan Masood won't captain Pakistan and he is not even a T20 player.

    Hopefully Rizwan opens as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Good decision. Shan Masood won't captain Pakistan and he is not even a T20 player.

    Hopefully Rizwan opens as well.
    Agreed. This means we can now drop Shan from the playing XI too, who would otherwise have been playing as a specialist captain with decent batting ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    Imad needs tl be removed as captain.
    Why? Because he led them to their first and only PSL title?

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    What a reversal of fortune for Rizwan. From not playing a single game last season and being picked pretty late in the draft by MS to being named their captain.

    Can't say he hasn't earned it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Agreed. This means we can now drop Shan from the playing XI too, who would otherwise have been playing as a specialist captain with decent batting ability.
    Probably him being dropped from the 11 will depend on the form of others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    PSL is completely shambles.

    Rizwan is captain, Shadab is captain, Wahab is captain, Sarfraz is captain, Imad is captain and even Sohail Akhtar has a team to lead, but Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan in all formats including T20Is is not leading any PSL team.

    It is so hard to get your head around it. Only in Pakistan will you find such comedy.
    Why is it hard to get your head around? Its very easy actually you have already named the captains yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    Imad needs tl be removed as captain.
    Lol so Babar softie can destroy KK?

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    Finally some common sense being used.

    Rizwan has proven to be good at the top of the order, and clearly has the needed leadership skills.

    Furthermore, he will be behind the stumps so review taking should be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Lol so Babar softie can destroy KK?
    I doubt Babar would destroy KK, the franchise is pretty good.

    However, Imad has done a good job for KK, and they will keep him there.

    The only issue I have with Imad's captaincy, being a Karachi supporter, is that he doesn't bring in other spinners because he tries to hold that front himself.

    I think it was PSL 2018 where Umer Khan was bowling wonderfully, but he wasn't being given chances under Imad in PSL 2019 nor last year. Instead, Imad opts for Usama Mir who isn't really a finished T20 product.

    Imad needs to push himself up the order in batting as well, can't camp down at 7 and 8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    I doubt Babar would destroy KK, the franchise is pretty good.

    However, Imad has done a good job for KK, and they will keep him there.

    The only issue I have with Imad's captaincy, being a Karachi supporter, is that he doesn't bring in other spinners because he tries to hold that front himself.

    I think it was PSL 2018 where Umer Khan was bowling wonderfully, but he wasn't being given chances under Imad in PSL 2019 nor last year. Instead, Imad opts for Usama Mir who isn't really a finished T20 product.

    Imad needs to push himself up the order in batting as well, can't camp down at 7 and 8.
    Just asking the genius to suggest why he thinks Imad needs to be removed from captaincy after he has been a fantastic captain for KK? Is that a Misbah way of doing things which needs to resonate in his gimmick also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    Can't believe Karachi preferred Walton over him
    Remind me who won it last year

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    Spiciest PSL ever.

    Really cant wait for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    Imad needs tl be removed as captain.
    Explain why

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Just asking the genius to suggest why he thinks Imad needs to be removed from captaincy after he has been a fantastic captain for KK? Is that a Misbah way of doing things which needs to resonate in his gimmick also?
    KK isn't a braindead franchise by any means, and there is no actual reason to replace Imad with Babar as captain.

    I think Imad wanted to be the captain of the national team, but instead it went to Shadab. They had that phadda in New Zealand in the second T20 game I think.

    Imad has been captaining KK for a while now, and they just won a title under him, so replacing Imad will be the last thing on Karachi Kings' agenda.

    Anyone who is advocating for Babar to be the captain of KK doesn't understand anything about franchise cricket.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    Why is it hard to get your head around? Its very easy actually you have already named the captains yourself.
    Yes I know the sky is blue and all 6 franchises have a captain, but my point is (and you know it) that the national captain and especially the national T20 captain should be leading a franchise as well.

    Pakistan is missing the opportunity of develop Babar’s captaincy and giving him leadership experience because he is clearly undercooked as captain.

    Has any national T20 captain failed to lead a franchise in his country’s T20 league? I can’t think of any examples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Yes I know the sky is blue and all 6 franchises have a captain, but my point is (and you know it) that the national captain and especially the national T20 captain should be leading a franchise as well.

    Pakistan is missing the opportunity of develop Babar’s captaincy and giving him leadership experience because he is clearly undercooked as captain.

    Has any national T20 captain failed to lead a franchise in his country’s T20 league? I can’t think of any examples.
    No you did not make your point clear and was like its difficult to understand who is captain and who is not which is not true. Now regarding your point about Babar its the franchise decision and we will see if they are proven correct or wrong in the very near future. If they win the PSL then we are no one to argue against it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    KK isn't a braindead franchise by any means, and there is no actual reason to replace Imad with Babar as captain.

    I think Imad wanted to be the captain of the national team, but instead it went to Shadab. They had that phadda in New Zealand in the second T20 game I think.

    Imad has been captaining KK for a while now, and they just won a title under him, so replacing Imad will be the last thing on Karachi Kings' agenda.

    Anyone who is advocating for Babar to be the captain of KK doesn't understand anything about franchise cricket.
    Bro you are a sensible poster, All of this makes sense.

    What about the genius who suggested KK need to remove Imad lol. I am fascinated to hear why he thinks thats the need of the hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Yes I know the sky is blue and all 6 franchises have a captain, but my point is (and you know it) that the national captain and especially the national T20 captain should be leading a franchise as well.

    Pakistan is missing the opportunity of develop Babar’s captaincy and giving him leadership experience because he is clearly undercooked as captain.

    Has any national T20 captain failed to lead a franchise in his country’s T20 league? I can’t think of any examples.
    You have a valid point - Babar should join Lahore and captain his home city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    No you did not make your point clear and was like its difficult to understand who is captain and who is not which is not true. Now regarding your point about Babar its the franchise decision and we will see if they are proven correct or wrong in the very near future. If they win the PSL then we are no one to argue against it.
    I literally named all the captains in PSL. It cannot get any clearer than that. What do you mean difficult to understand who is captain and who is not?

    Again, I literally named all the captains.

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    That's the whole point of franchise cricket. They're private individual owners and not obliged to help Pakistan cricket develop, they're looking to get better return on their investment. It isn't their job to develop players for Pakistan, they're paying good money and want to utilise each player to the best of their ability. If a team has a better captain than Babar then they have every right to use him over Babar whereas Babar as an individual needs to decide and part ways with that team and find someone who would use him as a captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    I literally named all the captains in PSL. It cannot get any clearer than that. What do you mean difficult to understand who is captain and who is not?

    Again, I literally named all the captains.
    Good nothing is hard to get your head around I hope that is not clear for you.

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    Lots of hullabaloo bullahaloo with the goal of derailing the thread. Congrats to Rizwan.

    Babar will end up captaining Karachi Kings next year after an unsuccessful campaign this year. You heard it here first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Explain why
    Babar Azam is the national team captain. He still makes mistakes and needs to learn, thus he needs to have the captaincy of KK.

    As the national team captain, you get to play your players and test them before getting them on the national team.

    Imad Wasem isn't captain material. The guy allowed Mohammad Rizwan move away. Mohammad Rizwan is a proven t20 player, yet Imad had his differences.

    Imad waseem is very insecure individual aswell as he will not let those players come up that could take his spot at international level.

    Babar Azam needs to have authority to let new guys and experiment so that he could take them forward at international level.

    Imad Wasim to me is nothing special. Cant even spin the ball and his batting avg is inflated due to not outs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    KK isn't a braindead franchise by any means, and there is no actual reason to replace Imad with Babar as captain.

    I think Imad wanted to be the captain of the national team, but instead it went to Shadab. They had that phadda in New Zealand in the second T20 game I think.

    Imad has been captaining KK for a while now, and they just won a title under him, so replacing Imad will be the last thing on Karachi Kings' agenda.

    Anyone who is advocating for Babar to be the captain of KK doesn't understand anything about franchise cricket.
    to be honest, the league should had been won by Shan masood.

    The lock down and cutting the tournament in half allowed inform players to return and change every factor


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    Good nothing is hard to get your head around I hope that is not clear for you.
    Yes, I cannot get my head around the fact that the national T20 captain who is also the best batsman in the country and the biggest star is not leading any franchise when duds like Sohail Akhtar and average players like Shadab are.

    There is no justification for it, and the fact that Babar himself is comfortable with this situation shows that his lack of self-belief and competitiveness.

    He should be throwing tantrums over this and demand a transfer to a franchise that would make him captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Yes, I cannot get my head around the fact that the national T20 captain who is also the best batsman in the country and the biggest star is not leading any franchise when duds like Sohail Akhtar and average players like Shadab are.

    There is no justification for it, and the fact that Babar himself is comfortable with this situation shows that his lack of self-belief and competitiveness.

    He should be throwing tantrums over this and demand a transfer to a franchise that would make him captain.
    sorry, but Shadab knows his way around.

    He knows how to set field, makes the right field placement. Also his decision making as captain when it comes to choosing who to bowl is much much much better than Babar Azam's.

    Babar Azam has no idea that his KK captain is ruining the things for him too. Imad doesn't allow anyone to come up front.

    Anyways, great to see Rizwan get the captaincy. This makes the MUltan team very strong.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Yes, I cannot get my head around the fact that the national T20 captain who is also the best batsman in the country and the biggest star is not leading any franchise when duds like Sohail Akhtar and average players like Shadab are.

    There is no justification for it, and the fact that Babar himself is comfortable with this situation shows that his lack of self-belief and competitiveness.

    He should be throwing tantrums over this and demand a transfer to a franchise that would make him captain.
    There are teams like India who has Virat as captain when they have two better captains then why cant a franchise like Karachi have a different captain who was already a captain.

    The player has no right to throw a tantrum and its shows his mental strength that he can swallow his pride and still top score for the team despite not being made captain.

    Oh sorry I may have triggered something since I mentioned India but that was just an example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    to be honest, the league should had been won by Shan masood.

    The lock down and cutting the tournament in half allowed inform players to return and change every factor
    Every team had to face that lockdown, not just MS. Yes, it might have been tough on them but they don't have anyone else to blame apart from themselves.

    Karachi Kings won the PSL precisely because they stood apart and took their chances with both hands.

    MS doesn't have the quality that KK does, and that just means that they have to work harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    sorry, but Shadab knows his way around.

    He knows how to set field, makes the right field placement. Also his decision making as captain when it comes to choosing who to bowl is much much much better than Babar Azam's.

    Babar Azam has no idea that his KK captain is ruining the things for him too. Imad doesn't allow anyone to come up front.

    Anyways, great to see Rizwan get the captaincy. This makes the MUltan team very strong.
    Captaincy is not just about tactics but your profile as well. There is a reason why Babar is Pakistan captain and not Shadab. Babar is a much bigger star than Shadab and his status is much greater, and if they are in the same team an inferior cricketer like Shadab will not step out of his shadow.

    Besides there are other teams as well. There is no justification for Sohail Akhtar leading a franchise but not Babar. It is completely ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    sorry, but Shadab knows his way around.

    He knows how to set field, makes the right field placement. Also his decision making as captain when it comes to choosing who to bowl is much much much better than Babar Azam's.

    Babar Azam has no idea that his KK captain is ruining the things for him too. Imad doesn't allow anyone to come up front.

    Anyways, great to see Rizwan get the captaincy. This makes the MUltan team very strong.
    Shadab has age on his side, and if he can take ISLU to a good season, it will reflect well in terms of his captaincy. He just needs to keep performing with both bat and ball as well.

    I'm a KK supporter but I despise Imad for not playing other spinners when they clearly deserve chances.

    PZ got Abrar Ahmed, so it will be interesting to see how they use him. The Gaddafi wicket usually supports spinners.

    Rizwan will be a sensible choice as captain for MS. He will have to open the innings as well, cannot slip down the order just to satisfy some foreign player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    There are teams like India who has Virat as captain when they have two better captains then why cant a franchise like Karachi have a different captain who was already a captain.

    The player has no right to throw a tantrum and its shows his mental strength that he can swallow his pride and still top score for the team despite not being made captain.

    Oh sorry I may have triggered something since I mentioned India but that was just an example.
    Forget Karachi, there are 5 other teams. How is Sohail Akhtar and previously Shan Masood captaining in PSL but not Babar? There is no justification for it and you cannot get your head around it.

    It is not about mental strength. It is about Babar’s timid nature and lack of competitive drive. He is happy to be shafted in PSL as just a regular player when he is the biggest star in the country and the national captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    Every team had to face that lockdown, not just MS. Yes, it might have been tough on them but they don't have anyone else to blame apart from themselves.

    Karachi Kings won the PSL precisely because they stood apart and took their chances with both hands.

    MS doesn't have the quality that KK does, and that just means that they have to work harder.
    nope. no one stood apart after the lockdown.

    Lahore's rhythm was affected and MS also suffered from what happened.

    The conditions were not the same as before the actual tournament started.

    The organizers had to finish it just for the sake of it.

    You talk about quality, let me remind you that in the actual tournament it was Multan who was on the top.

    Im not takinfg anything away from Karachi, good for them, but they won becuase of the situation that existed


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Forget Karachi, there are 5 other teams. How is Sohail Akhtar and previously Shan Masood captaining in PSL but not Babar? There is no justification for it and you cannot get your head around it.

    It is not about mental strength. It is about Babar’s timid nature and lack of competitive drive. He is happy to be shafted in PSL as just a regular player when he is the biggest star in the country and the national captain.
    Yeah he is the biggest strength but its takes courage and great mental strength to not get disappointed with not being made captain and still top scored in the whole tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Captaincy is not just about tactics but your profile as well. There is a reason why Babar is Pakistan captain and not Shadab. Babar is a much bigger star than Shadab and his status is much greater, and if they are in the same team an inferior cricketer like Shadab will not step out of his shadow.

    Besides there are other teams as well. There is no justification for Sohail Akhtar leading a franchise but not Babar. It is completely ridiculous.
    profile doesn't mean zilt.

    you need to have leadership qualities.

    Warna, Tendulkar had a bigger profile than Dhoni and Dravid


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    Quote Originally Posted by UzmanBeast View Post
    Shadab has age on his side, and if he can take ISLU to a good season, it will reflect well in terms of his captaincy. He just needs to keep performing with both bat and ball as well.

    I'm a KK supporter but I despise Imad for not playing other spinners when they clearly deserve chances.

    PZ got Abrar Ahmed, so it will be interesting to see how they use him. The Gaddafi wicket usually supports spinners.

    Rizwan will be a sensible choice as captain for MS. He will have to open the innings as well, cannot slip down the order just to satisfy some foreign player.
    As a KK supporter do you feel Imad made the biggest mistake by treating Rizwan unfairly and letting him get away to another team?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    profile doesn't mean zilt.

    you need to have leadership qualities.

    Warna, Tendulkar had a bigger profile than Dhoni and Dravid
    They all led at franchise level. There is no valid justification and excuse for why Babar is not leading any franchise in PSL and never has in 6 years.

    It is a massive, collective goof-up by Pakistan cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    nope. no one stood apart after the lockdown.

    Lahore's rhythm was affected and MS also suffered from what happened.

    The conditions were not the same as before the actual tournament started.

    The organizers had to finish it just for the sake of it.

    You talk about quality, let me remind you that in the actual tournament it was Multan who was on the top.

    Im not takinfg anything away from Karachi, good for them, but they won becuase of the situation that existed
    Agreed, but the situation existed for all teams as well.

    The conditions changed, but that wasn't for one team entirely. All the teams had to regroup and figure out how to play in new conditions.

    Some teams adapted better.

    Karachi were also in some good form before the tournament abruptly ended, but they somehow won the games after the lockdown period.

    Multan might have been on top, but that was no guarantee that they would have won the PSL if the event was not postponed.

    With a fresh tournament starting, all franchises will be starting from the same block, so if Karachi were the "true winners", one would expect that they defend their title.

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    Great news, the more he bats the better he will get. Riz is a superstar in the making. Lets hope he keeps working hard and comes back from the inevitable dip he will have sooner or later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Major View Post
    As a KK supporter do you feel Imad made the biggest mistake by treating Rizwan unfairly and letting him get away to another team?
    I have mixed feelings about that.

    I always felt that Rizwan should have gone to another team because it would be hard for him to get the much needed opening slot for KK.

    I think Rizwan was far better than Walton, but Rizwan doesn't play well in the middle order.

    Babar is a great performer, so changing him from opener doesn't make sense.

    If not Sharjeel, then Hales would have opened.

    It's good that Rizwan moved on, he deserved better than what he was dealing with at KK.

    Personally, I think that Imad made a big mistake letting go of someone like Abrar Ahmed or Umer Khan. Nabi and Imad are both realistically darters, though Nabi can turn the ball convincingly on occasions. When the pitches start breaking, spinners will come into play, and Karachi will be biting the dust on that occasion. Usama Mir isn't a very good leg-spinner, so KK missed a chance by not getting a good spinner from the auction.

    I feel that Sharjeel didn't perform up to his expectations in the last PSL, and Rizwan should definitely have gotten more chances.

    Now he's moved on, and Karachi have nobody to blame but themselves. Imad has to take wickets this tournament for us to stand a chance of qualifying. We even let Iftikhar out, he could bowl a few overs if needed.

    Every team has some good local spinners (PZ = Abrar, IU = Shadab and Zafar, QG = Zahid Mahmood and Nawaz, MS = Usman Qadir). Only Karachi and Lahore are questionable in the spin department given that Rashid and Nabi aren't fully available. Maybe LQ will take a chance with Maaz Khan, but Usama Mir isn't going to cut it particularly because he gives a few too many boundary balls. If KK are banking on him, he will have to pull his weight.

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    Thats a top decision, something which in an ideal world should influence other franchises as well to appoint leaders out of the leadership group of Pakistan. This will open up a lot of combinations for MS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    They all led at franchise level. There is no valid justification and excuse for why Babar is not leading any franchise in PSL and never has in 6 years.

    It is a massive, collective goof-up by Pakistan cricket.
    You keep comparing Babar vs Sohail or Shadab. The point is, he doesn’t play for those teams and Karachi would never let him go. If he did play for those teams, ofcourse he would be captain ahead of those players.

    But the reality is - he plays for Karachi. So it’s Babar vs Imad. And Karachi picked Imad before Babar was national captain and now they want to stick with him (and it paid off with their first title). So Karachi was to keep Imad and Babar is clearly okay with it since he gets everything else he wants at Karachi.

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    As for Multan’s decision, it shows once again what a great franchise it is. Arguable the best in terms of management and decision making.

    They were fantastic last year, and it was a brilliant call to appoint Shan the captain (which I said before the tournament started) and he did his job. They would have stormed to the title with a weak and over the hill squad had it not been for Covid.

    And now, they’ve scooped up Rizwan at a bargain, seen his amazing form/ solid captaincy in NZ and decided to ride the coattails by making this change at the 11th hour. I don’t see any franchise or team (in any league) making such a call.

    Unfortunately I don’t think Multan have it in them to do as well this year. However Rizwan can single handedly carry/ inspire them to the playoffs at least.

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    While Imad led KK to PSL title but, people shouldn’t forget Shan also lead MS to top of the table and pro active management at MS went for the possible upgrade despite MS finishing at the top. Rizwan becoming captain shows good management from MS as just because a franchise has a good season, it doesn’t mean it should stop improving in the aspects it can.

    I have mentioned it quite a few times that Babar is the star of Pakistani cricket and thus selling point for any franchise, PCB should definitely have a clause in national captain’s PSL contact that whichever side wants to draft him will have to make him captain (In a sensible world there wont even be a need). I am pretty sure every single franchise will be more than willing to and if a franchise cant they should let him go.

    It makes no sense for your national captain of 3 formats to not captain a franchise of premier T20 tournament. I dont remember seeing it any league.
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    A year ago many labelled Rizwan a big no for T20 and right now with his current form he looks like the top three batsman for Pak in T20

    So this change in opinion is solely because of Rizwan recent batting form and if u look how he was treated in last PSL where he played maybe one or two matches.

    This highlights a big prevailing problem that PAK Cricket faces right now of identifying, developing and giving their players enough chances as well as confidence on International or domestic platform which will result in the making of International stars.

    A year ago, when ur own domestic league didn't believe in the talent and skills of Rizwan who was a regular in International Cricket then what opportunities would the other upcoming and emerging talent of PAK would get, who are still under development.

    I believe none!

    Whatever you may name it Planning, Selecting, Coaching, Identifying or backing talent. In all these aspects PAK Cricket is really very poor right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Excellent decision.

    The Shan Masood scam is finally coming to an end both at international and PSL level.

    The next step is to kick him out from the playing XI and later release him from the squad altogether.
    The scam is perpetrated by folks who are swayed by Shan's speech/english. It almost led him to the Test captaincy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderbolt14 View Post
    Agreed. This means we can now drop Shan from the playing XI too, who would otherwise have been playing as a specialist captain with decent batting ability.
    PCB is extremely poor in identifying optimal format of players. Shan Masood is a batsman for ODIs only. Shouldn't play Tests and T20. PSL is fine though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forum363 View Post
    You keep comparing Babar vs Sohail or Shadab. The point is, he doesn’t play for those teams and Karachi would never let him go. If he did play for those teams, ofcourse he would be captain ahead of those players.

    But the reality is - he plays for Karachi. So it’s Babar vs Imad. And Karachi picked Imad before Babar was national captain and now they want to stick with him (and it paid off with their first title). So Karachi was to keep Imad and Babar is clearly okay with it since he gets everything else he wants at Karachi.
    This is true and as far as justifications go for Imad Vs Babar, the owners of Karachi don't need to justify anything. The franchise decides the team captain not the PCB. The PCB doesn't have any say in how the franchises choose teams or captains and secondly Imad was made a captain of the franchise before Babar was made National T20 captain. It's completely understandable why KK don't want to change a combination which they feel works. It's not ideal but it is what it is.

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    With this decision Multan has booked itself a place in the playoffs, you read it here first!

    Shan shouldn't be part of the playing XI.

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    This can be a very good thing for this kid.

    Hope he gets to captain in his own style regardless of how that turns out initially.

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    Rizwan coming out for toss against Imad when MS plays KK will be a spectacle.

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    The removal from Karachi Kings proved to be a blessing for Rizwan. It is loss of Karachi Kings and gain of Multan Sultans. Rizwan is no Babar or Kohli but he is improving his batting at tremendous speed. After first t20, he faced criticism that he is too slow in the powerplay. In the second and third t20, we saw him playing in in powerplay with good strike rate. Responding to the criticism positivity and improving himself in such short time, is very impressive. I wont be surprised if he catches up to Babar Azam within few years. In t20, he can even surpass Babar as he has better ability to hit sixes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forum363 View Post
    You keep comparing Babar vs Sohail or Shadab. The point is, he doesn’t play for those teams and Karachi would never let him go. If he did play for those teams, ofcourse he would be captain ahead of those players.

    But the reality is - he plays for Karachi. So it’s Babar vs Imad. And Karachi picked Imad before Babar was national captain and now they want to stick with him (and it paid off with their first title). So Karachi was to keep Imad and Babar is clearly okay with it since he gets everything else he wants at Karachi.
    The point is that Babar needs to leave Kings and go to a franchise that will make him captain. He is the only T20I captain in the world, and probably ever, who doesn’t lead a franchise in the domestic league.

    The fact that he is content to be second-fiddle to Imad and is content with being just a player in a league where the likes of Sohail Akhtar are captaining teams doesn’t reflect well on him.

    It shows a lack of interest and desire to be captain, which is not what you want in a young player who was recently appointed captain in international cricket in all formats.

    He is undercooked as captain and needs to lead in PSL to gain experience. The fact that the national captain of Pakistan is not leading any franchise and hasn’t led at any point in the last 6 years is a collective failure for Pakistan cricket.

    He needs to throw his weight around. If he wants the Kings captaincy he will get it. Kings need him more than they need Imad, and if demands to leave for another franchise, he will get plenty of offers from teams like Qalandars, Zalmi etc. who will be happy to offer his captaincy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    The point is that Babar needs to leave Kings and go to a franchise that will make him captain. He is the only T20I captain in the world, and probably ever, who doesn’t lead a franchise in the domestic league.

    The fact that he is content to be second-fiddle to Imad and is content with being just a player in a league where the likes of Sohail Akhtar are captaining teams doesn’t reflect well on him.

    It shows a lack of interest and desire to be captain, which is not what you want in a young player who was recently appointed captain in international cricket in all formats.

    He is undercooked as captain and needs to lead in PSL to gain experience. The fact that the national captain of Pakistan is not leading any franchise and hasn’t led at any point in the last 6 years is a collective failure for Pakistan cricket.

    He needs to throw his weight around. If he wants the Kings captaincy he will get it. Kings need him more than they need Imad, and if demands to leave for another franchise, he will get plenty of offers from teams like Qalandars, Zalmi etc. who will be happy to offer his captaincy.
    Completely agree but that’s a reflection on Babar and has nothing to do with who the captains are in the other team.

    He may well be enjoying the freedom of playing PSL without the extra pressure of team planning/ meetings / field placements etc.

    And for someone who’s 26, the captain in all three formats, the best batsman by a country mile and hopefully has a long career ahead of him, who can blame him for pacing himself.

    I would go as far as to argue that Kohli should not have captained RCB all this time as it puts unnecessary pressure on him.

    Not every player is a Dhoni who has an unreal GOAT ability to captain anything to a trophy win while absorbing all the pressure. And even then, he wasn’t expected to do it for as long as Babar / Kohli will have to.

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    Excellent news and was always on the cards. Has always been a leader and a fantastic cricketer. Interesting to see the thread completely derailed instead of focusing on the topic at hand which is Mohammad Rizwan

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    Multan would be much more balanced with this move with Shan not having to play every game as a specialist captain

    Rizwan
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    Top 6 look very solid now

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    Good move and an obvious change.

    Rizwan can lift Multan Sultans and will lead from the front.

    Shan, well he may not even make the XI.



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    shan will not make the final xi.

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    I think not making Babar the captain makes good sense. PSL team needs Babar the batsman, he is not a captaincy material and should not be burdened with that.

    Imad and Rizwan possess better leadership qualities than Babar.

    Babar should have piled tons of runs in recently concluded series against SA, but he did not, probably due to captaincy burden.

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    Already feel bad for Rizwan. The moment his form leaves him, these vultures who are now pretending to be his biggest supporters will leave him like mice in a sinking ship. In fact, they’ll be the first one to malign him for the his smallest mistakes. Every Pakistani player goes through that phase.

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    Tbh his captaincy in the Tests in NZ left a lot to be desired. Although he did captain KP to a National T20 trophy this year and took some good decisions. He actually started opening in the semi finals when they had to chase the total under 15 or so overs to qualify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    I think not making Babar the captain makes good sense. PSL team needs Babar the batsman, he is not a captaincy material and should not be burdened with that.

    Imad and Rizwan possess better leadership qualities than Babar.

    Babar should have piled tons of runs in recently concluded series against SA, but he did not, probably due to captaincy burden.
    I can see babar losing captaincy even at national level too soon. As you mentioned he is a meek captain with no decision making skills or thought processing or instincts to help on ground.

    He is too precious to be lost as captain. I wonder why he was chosen as captain as first choice when we already had rizwan / imad etc other guys who could easily fill in the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angrez Pakistani View Post
    Already feel bad for Rizwan. The moment his form leaves him, these vultures who are now pretending to be his biggest supporters will leave him like mice in a sinking ship. In fact, they’ll be the first one to malign him for the his smallest mistakes. Every Pakistani player goes through that phase.
    Good thing is he is excellent wicket keeper
    Physically and mentally super fit.
    Even if he loses form in batting he can still be an asset in wicket keeping. I don't see any one especially Sarfraz matching his wicket keeping skill. So captaincy will actually empower him power and enhance his mental toughness.

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    Excellent decision. Rizwan is a good judge of talent and has the ability to get more out of his players. PCB should also make him the captain of PCT in all formats and let Babar become the GOAT batsman in Pakistan.

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    Wonder what advice Shan is giving to the new captain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Wonder what advice Shan is giving to the new captain?

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    If only the rest of our players were this fit

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    Karachi: Multan Sultans head coach Andy Flower accepted that it was difficult for Shan Masood to be removed from captaincy for Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six, however, looking at Mohammad Rizwan’s success in past one year led them to appoint leader of the franchise.

    The 31-year-old Shan captained Sultans in PSL 5 and guided them to the playoffs stage for the first time in the franchise’s history whereas the 28-year-old Rizwan was picked by Sultans in the draft in the silver category, held on January 10.

    “I really enjoyed working with Shan Masood as he captained and played well but nothing is permanent in life,” Flower said while talking to reporters in a pre-tournament virtual presser.

    “We empathize with Shan and it is not easy for him after being removed from captaincy. But, he has seen a lot of hurdles in his young career and this is yet another for him. I am certain that he will take this in that way,” he added.

    “Shan is still part of the Multan group and will play a huge part as a batsman and internal leader but at the moment, we are very much looking forward to Rizwan leading the side and getting is in the playoffs again,” he maintained.

    Flower stated he researched Rizwan’s role as the captain and identified that he has all the qualities to become a successful leader.

    “Rizwan has shown leadership qualities when Babar [Azam] was injured. He also has a very good record in domestic cricket where he won [National] T20 tournament for his state [Khyber Pakhtunkhwa]. Flower said.

    Flower said that Rizwan’s appointment as Sultans’ leader is not short-term. “We would like to be part of his development for his own good but also good for Pakistan cricket.”

    Sultans will play their first practice match ahead of PSL 6 against Lahore Qalandars today while on February 19, they will take on Peshawar Zalmi.

    Sultans’ first match is scheduled to take place on February 21 against Islamabad United.

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    The Multan coaching staff captain the team regardless, so it wont make much of a difference on strategy. Benefit is getting rid of the inconsistent opener.

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    A lot expected from Rizwan but what a transformation from a possible selection to captain of a PSL franchise!


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    Rizwan captaining his first PSL game today for Multan. First order of business? Dropping his predecessor Shan from the team


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    Captain Rizwan looks to be in great nick once again.


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    Bye bye Shan Masood then.

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    People’s champ blocked out a complete over in T20 with Carlos Brathwaite standing and watching

    Just Rizwan things

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    All the coaching staff in Rizwan's ear at he end there.


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