Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Multan Sultans suffers a big blow before the start of PSL as their key player Steve Smith to set to undergo elbow surgery.
Former Australian skipper Steve Smith faces 12-month ban after tampering the ball during South Africa series in March 2018. His ban to end in this year in March.
He is free to play cricket all around the world as his ban only applies to Australia where he is taking part in club cricket to keep himself in cricket. He is eyeing to represent his home side in the Cricket World Cup 2019 in the United Kingdom (UK).
Smith was set to represent Multan Sultans in the fourth edition of PSL during the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leg. He will not travel to Pakistan for the last eight matches of PSL.
In a statement issued by Cricket Australia, Smith will undergo elbow surgery this Tuesday. He will get his ligaments repaired of right elbow and is expected to wear braces for 6 weeks. This means he will at least rest for 6 weeks. His return to cricket is subjected to the removal of braces.
While playing in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), he suffered the injury and got his MRI scans done but results were unclear. His physicians in Australia called him back home for further treatments. He was leading Comilla Victorians but is out of colors as he scored 16 and 0 in two innings.
Smith returned back to Australia for scans which confirmed surgery.
PSL IV is going to be the rebirth of Multan Sultans with new owners but same management this time. Multan got its new owners in December 2018. Ali Tareen –son of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) leader Jahangir Tareen is the new owner of the Multan Sultans. He won the rights for seven years.
Multan Sultans was previously sold for $5.2m to Schon Group but just after a year they failed to clear payment and as a result, PCB terminated their franchise rights. With this termination, all the rights reverted back to PCB.
Ali wanted to keep the team in South Punjab and he succeeded in it. He did not change the name of the team as he wanted his team to represent one of the major cities of South Punjab. He asked for new names but fans voted for Sultans so team officials decided to go for the same name as previous.
The team management of Multan Sultan will remain the same. While a few big names have joined Multan Sultans for the fourth edition of PSL. Superstar Shahid Afridi, Steve Smith, and Joe Denly are among the newcomers. Shoaib Malik will lead the side this time again. Wasim Akram who was Multan’s director in previous season has joined a new team for PSL 2019.
PSL 2019 is set to begin from February 14th in Dubai. League will return to home Pakistan for last eight matches which are scheduled to be played in Karachi and Lahore.