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    PSL 6 preview: New skipper,but will 2021 once again be a case of 'so near, yet so far' for Sultans?



    The advent of COVID-19 during the final phases of the 5th edition of the PSL caused the postponement of the last 4 games of the tournament. It was a time when Multan Sultans were sitting at the top of the table. From all indications at that point, the Multan side was ready to make its push to reach the finals of the tournament and to many in the know, their ascent to become PSL champions was a mere formality. But as we now know, Multan Sultans despite having two bites at the cherry were unable make it to the final and will have to face up to their demons in the upcoming 2021 edition of the tournament as well.

    The Multan Sultans have taken the decision to remove Shan Masood as their captain in favour of the newly acquired Mohammad Rizwan who given his recent performances for Pakistan can put no foot wrong at the moment. Whilst Shan did display some good leadership skills and had a good showing with the bat in PSL 5 where he was the highest run-getter for his side, he seemed to lack the ability to take his side over the finish line when it mattered most. This is where Rizwan's presence will and should be felt most in PSL 6. Along with the presence of the evergreen Shahid Afridi as well as the vastly experienced Imran Tahir in their midst and aided by the likes of the fast-improving Usman Qadir in their ranks, Multan Sultans have what it needs to make yet another attempt at the summit this year.


    Strengths

    Apart from the run-scoring abilities that Mohammad Rizwan will bring to the side, Multan Sultans will be well equipped in the batting department with a host of top-quality match-winners like James Vince, Rilee Rossouw, Adam Lyth, Carlos Brathwaite and Khushdil Shah. The tried and tested skills of Sohail Tanvir, Imran Khan Snr, Sohail Khan will be well complimented by what Shahid Afridi, Imran Tahir and Usman Qadir will provide in the slow-bowling department which is bound to make Multan Sultan a formidable opponent for the other PSL sides.


    Weaknesses

    Head Coach Andy Flower’s main task this season will be to get Multan Sultans to believe in themselves and develop the ability to go all the way and win a tournament. In PSL 5 they almost got to the top but the real question this time is whether the team has the firepower it needs to take on the much-improved outfits like Karachi and Lahore. Shahid Afridi for all his zeal and enthusiasm is a waning force in cricket and Sohail Tanvir is not the surprise package he used to be. Together, the 2 ageing players represent the biggest weakness for Multan Sultans and it's yet to be seen how Shan Masood, given his own recent weak international form and fall from grace, will be able to do something extra special to help his side lift the Trophy in Lahore.


    Players to watch out for

    All eyes will be on the new talents who have done so well at the domestic level and Shahnawaz Dhani, along with Sohaibullah will be players to watch out for. Mohammad Rizwan whose heroics at the international stage and Usman Qadir who seems to have lifted himself to a different level in recent times will also be worth watching for the Sultans.


    Verdict

    Multan Sultan's had a great chance to become champions in PSL 5, but they gave it away when they needed to have their A game up and running. Unless Mohammad Rizwan can single-handedly produce some spectacular batting displays this year to inspire his team, one again expects the Sultans to do their bit to get to the play-offs however, the title will continue to remain elusive for them as it has in the past years.


    Full Squad

    Adam Lyth (silver); Carlos Brathwaite (supplementary); Chris Lynn; Shahid Afridi (both platinum); Imran Tahir (diamond, mentor); Imran Khan Snr (supplementary); James Vince (gold); Khushdil Shah (diamond); Mohammad Rizwan (silver); Mohammad Umar (emerging); Rilee Rossouw (platinum); Shahnawaz Dhani (emerging), Shan Masood (gold, successful relegation request); Sohaib Maqsood, Sohaibullah; Sohail Khan (all silver); Sohail Tanvir (Diamond, brand ambassador); Usman Qadir (gold)


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    Pictures from today's practice game vs Lahore Qalandars (courtesy of the PCB)

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    Lyn
    Rizwan
    Vince
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    Khushdil
    Afridi
    Tanvir
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    Sohail khan
    Dahani/umer

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    In the first paragraph you talk about how many explosive players they have, but then in the weakness part you question the firepower they have . Is it a strength or a weakness?

    I think they have a good chance of winning the tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    In the first paragraph you talk about how many explosive players they have, but then in the weakness part you question the firepower they have . Is it a strength or a weakness?

    I think they have a good chance of winning the tournament.
    First para is a generic statement

    We dissect the issue again in the weaknesses as a team.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    In the first paragraph you talk about how many explosive players they have, but then in the weakness part you question the firepower they have . Is it a strength or a weakness?

    I think they have a good chance of winning the tournament.
    It depends how thier fast bowlers do. They have a decent E category players.experienced players in the team

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    It depends how thier fast bowlers do. They have a decent E category players.experienced players in the team
    There batting looks good. May need there batters to bat teams out of the game. I think they can win the tournament but the bowling doesn’t seem strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    There batting looks good. May need there batters to bat teams out of the game. I think they can win the tournament but the bowling doesn’t seem strong.
    Definitely agree that thier bowling espically pacers dont seem strong.

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    Am reading that Ali Tareen has parted ways with the Multan Sultans leadership. He has nothing more to do with the Franchise anymore. Apparently he wants to buy his own team himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    First para is a generic statement

    We dissect the issue again in the weaknesses as a team.
    Has Chris Lynn arrived yet?


    Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymous_guy View Post
    Has Chris Lynn arrived yet?


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    They will struggle this year the squad is full of old players and not enough power hitters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pakhs View Post
    They will struggle this year the squad is full of old players and not enough power hitters.
    I thought they have alot of power hitters in the team lyn,maqsood,Khushdil,vince,afridi

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    Andy Flower addressing the troops...



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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    I thought they have alot of power hitters in the team lyn,maqsood,Khushdil,vince,afridi
    None of them are consistent enough to carry the team through the tournament.

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    An abundance of riches when it comes to leg-spin - will we see Afridi, Tahir and Usman Qadir all play in any match(es)?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    An abundance of riches when it comes to leg-spin - will we see Afridi, Tahir and Usman Qadir all play in any match(es)?
    I think they have to fit them in . . at least 2 out of the 3 . . definitely gotta have Imran Tahir in there! I'd expect that to happen as the tournamnet goes deep and pitches start to become a bit tired with only 2 grounds . .

    Also, its a bit of a nothing attack with Tanvir (way past his best) and the 2 newbies . . they won't do much with that attack . . so need to get their best bowlers in . . who are the young 45 year olds

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    As mentioned in post #1

    Weaknesses = Sohai Tanvir


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    Multan skipper:

    "We had initially started to score runs well in our innings but we could not end the innings as we wanted to, and I feel we were short by 10-15 runs, as our plan was to get to round the 170 mark which we felt would have been a good total"

    "We had the momentum with us with the help of bowling from Shahid Afridi and the effort of the youngsters; The match had its ups and down in favour of both sides but I do feel that we were short by 10-15 runs"

    "This is cricket and there's an element of chance in it, and its all part of the game; We all know that Sohail Tanvir is a match-winner, today he gave away 19 runs in an over but tomorrow he could save 6-7 runs for us too; We will never doubt the ability of Sohail Tanvir as he is one of the best bowlers and has been doing well for a long time but this can happen and its part of the game"


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    They should play to their strengths- play all their spinners. Batting will be OK, young bowlers need time but they won't get that.


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    Their pace bowling looks so weak.

    They should just stick with 2 pacers and bring in an extra spinner.



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    The 3 Pakistani pacers figures today:

    10-98-1

    Sohail Tanvir, SohaibUllah and Mohammad Umar are not going to win you any tournaments.



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    Rizwan needs some help in batting - he cannot do this alone!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    The 3 Pakistani pacers figures today:

    10-98-1

    Sohail Tanvir, SohaibUllah and Mohammad Umar are not going to win you any tournaments.
    The latter 2 of those names immediately dropped for the next game by Usman Qadir and Shahnawaz Dhani


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    What were they thinking constructing their pace attack led by a spent Sohail Tanvir?

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    There batting is really strong, if they had a couple of decent bowler they would be the favourites.

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    Tanvir, Dhani, Brathwaite bowling at the death trying to stem the flow of runs.

    Multan seriously lacking in that department


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    An experienced bowler like Sohail Tanvir should be doing a lot better.

    So far in the 2 matches he has gone for:

    3 40 0
    4 38 0



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    A rather disappointed Rizwan speaking at end of the game vs PZ

    "I had said earlier that we have to improve our performances in the death overs but we weren't successful in doing this which is part of the game"

    "We are bowling yorkers but we are are failing to utilize our skills although we do have experienced bowlers"

    "Dhani is a good and a skiddy bowler but unfortunately he could not control the runs in that over"

    "Losing the toss is not an issue, in the previous game we were short of 10-15 runs even though our players tried hard - the same happened this time as the match went to the end and slipped out of our hands"


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    Rizwan is doing well at the front but his team not so.

    Sohail Tanvir's exclusion could help but lets see how Sohail Khan does.


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    Rizwan speaking at end of the game against Lahore Qalandars

    "You cannot relax after winning any game, you have to continue to put in the effort to win the next games"

    "What we were lacking in the previous games was that we had the game in our hands and we let it go at the end; But today the way Sohail Khan and Shahnawaz Dhani bowled, the momentum went our way and we then delivered with our batting"

    "I dont believe that the toss has anything to with winning or losing because we would have done well in previous games if we had bowled well in the death overs; If we bowl well in the death overs then its not easy to chase runs"

    "I always look at the strengths of our team before making a decision at the toss"
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    First win of the tournament - Can Rizwan and Co make it 2 in 2 today?


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    Mohammad Rizwan after the defeat to Karachi Kings:

    The way we started the match everything was going our way but we didn’t end the innings we wanted to, especially the last 30 to 35 balls. But the Karachi bowlers deserve credit for their effort and the way they bowled at the death.

    Hard work is paying off for me and I leave everything to the Almighty for supporting me. I just keep things simple and just work hard and try to show bravery.

    Everyone can see we have Shahid Afridi and Usman Qadir so we will look at our team combination and see where and if we can fit Imran Tahir into the team.




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