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Mohammad Rizwan to lead Multan Sultans in PSL 2021
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Mohammad Rizwan to lead Multan Sultans in PSL 2021

Mohammad Rizwan has replaced Shan Masood as captain of Multan Sultans for the next season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) scheduled to commence on February 20.

Rizwan, who is Pakistan's Test vice-captain, was part of the Karachi Kings outfit last year but was inducted in Multan Sultans' squad in the silver category during the players draft in January.

He was controversially included in the playing XI for Karachi in PSL 2020 on only two occasions with Chadwick Walton preferred over him to perform the wicketkeeping duties throughout the franchise's title-winning campaign.

"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," Rizwan said, reacting to the announcement.

"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 Tanvir to look up to," he added.

Rizwan recently became the second Pakistan batsman to score a century in T20 internationals when he racked up the triple-figure score in the first match against South Africa in Lahore on Thursday.

He followed the match-winning contribution with 51 and 42 in the subsequent games to be declared player of the series as Pakistan prevailed in the T20I assignment 2-1.

Rizwan has been in a similar blazing run of form in the longest format as he smacked his maiden Test century in the Rawalpindi encounter against South Africa. The 28-year-old was also Pakistan's stand-in Test captain in the New Zealand tour when regular skipper Babar Azam missed the series owing to a thumb fracture.

Additionally, Rizwan boasts leadership credentials in the domestic circuit and was in charge of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as they clinched the National T20 Cup title in October 2020.

"Mohammad Rizwan has shown exemplary leadership qualities with the Pakistan team as well as with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the domestic tournaments," said Multan Sultans owner Alamgir Khan Tareen.

"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."

After two years of fifth-spot finishes since their entry into the PSL system, Multan topped the six-team table under Shan in the 2020 edition. However, a couple of defeats in the delayed PSL playoffs meant Multan could not reach the final.