Ajmal Shahzad replaces Ottis Gibson | Multan Sultans | PSL 8, Gibson’s commitment to Yorkshire, where he is head coach, means he cannot join the Sultans ahead of the new Pakistan Super League season. His role will be taken by Shahzad, the former England international who previously served as the franchise’s assistant coach and current Derbyshire bowling coach.
Multan Sultans are delighted to welcome back Ajmal Shahzad as our Fast Bowling Coach for season 8
Shahzad will work under head coach Azhar Mahmood, as Multan will try to do better in PSL8. The Sultans topped the PSL7 leaderboard but lost the final to Lahore Qalandars. The PSL season is expected to last for five weeks from mid-February to mid-March, though a schedule is yet to be confirmed.
The Sultans already have a head coach in Azhar Mahmood and so Ajmal is expected to work alongside him and help the Sultans repeat their heroics from the 2021 edition. -goalkeeper Mohammad Rizwan has been a phenomenon in the previous version of the tournament. They topped the standings after finishing the group stage but lost to Shaheen Afridi’s Qalandars Lahore who led with 42 points. Although the Sultans captain, Mohammad Rizwan, was unable to help his team win the title for the second time in a row, he was unstoppable in the 2022 edition as he hit 546 runs – second highest score of the season behind Qalandars. ‘ Fakhar Zaman, who tops the standings with 588 points from 13 games.
Rizwan was awarded Player of the Year for his dazzling run with the bat and also for the way he led his team from the front and helped them play in their second straight clash.
The final season is scheduled to run for five weeks from mid-February to mid-March next year (2023), but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has yet to announce an official schedule. PCB recently went through a lot of turmoil when Ramiz Raja was sacked as chairman of the board. The new administration established under the new PCB head Najam Sethi also abolished the Pakistan Junior League.
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