Iftikhar Ahmed becomes a ‘Sultan’

Iftikhar Quetta Multan

In a significant development for the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Multan Sultans have secured a major trade deal by acquiring the services of Iftikhar Ahmed from Quetta Gladiators. The exchange involves the departure of Rilee Rossouw to Quetta Gladiators, as confirmed by the franchise through a social media announcement.

Iftikhar Ahmed, who has also represented Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings, and Islamabad United, will now don the Multan Sultans’ jersey for the upcoming PSL season nine. This historic move makes him the first player to feature for five different teams in the league.

Expressing his enthusiasm, Iftikhar stated, “I am delighted to become a Sultan. It is an honor for me to represent the people of Multan as their passion for this game is second to none.” He emphasised his ambition to contribute to Multan Sultans’ pursuit of the prestigious HBL PSL trophy.

Multan Sultans’ captain, Muhammad Rizwan, welcomed Iftikhar Ahmed to the team, acknowledging his exceptional all-round skills. Rizwan expressed excitement about the addition of a player who has emerged as one of the finest all-rounders in the shorter format, contributing significantly with the bat.

The trade not only adds depth to Multan Sultans’ squad but also grants them the first platinum pick in the upcoming PSL 9 Draft scheduled for December 13 in Lahore.

Meanwhile, Rilee Rossouw has rejoined Quetta Gladiators, the team with which he secured the PSL trophy in 2019, and was the second top-scorer in the final against Peshawar Zalmi.

This move follows other major trades in the PSL, including the transfer of Karachi Kings’ captain Imad Wasim to Islamabad United and Hasan Ali’s move to the 2020 PSL champions.

Muhammad Amir injured

In a separate development during the Abu Dhabi T10 League, former Pakistan national team fast bowler Muhammad Amir sustained an injury to his bowling finger while representing the New York Strikers. The injury occurred during the fifth match against the Bangla Tigers, prompting Amir to leave the field. Despite the setback, reports indicate that he bowled five maiden balls in the remaining over.

The Abu Dhabi T10 League, featuring eight participating teams, commenced on November 28 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium and is scheduled to continue until December 9. The participating teams include Deccan Gladiators, New York Strikers, Northern Warriors, Morrisville Samp Army, Delhi Bulls, Team Abu Dhabi, Bengal Tigers, and Chennai Braves.

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