Multan Sultans was the newest entrant to the Pakistan Super League (PSL) family, as they became the sixth franchise to join the coveted tournament last year. Their debut season was a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows with an element of unpredictability raging strong in the results they churned out.
Multan boasted a strong squad to their name as they were led by the charismatic Shoaib Malik and stacked with the likes of Imran Tahir, Kieron Pollard and Kumar Sangakkara. They certainly did live up to their promise in the initial phase of the league, starting off with back-to-back thumping wins over Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars.
They soon accumulated 4 wins in their first 6 games, losing one and their clash against Karachi Kings abandoned due to rain. Imran Tahir and Junaid Khan created history for the Sultans as they registered hat-tricks to their name in separate encounters.
However, this euphoria was short-lived as things took a drastic downturn and Multan stumbled onto a terrible losing spree. They lost all their remaining matches and faced a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes, from being table-toppers to failing to qualify for the playoffs. Just when they required the spark to ignite hopes of a PSL title, they floundered spectacularly.
This time around, the squad has faced a total revamp, with the most prominent change being Shahid Afridi’s inclusion into the team. Additionally, Multan Sultans have seen a change of ownership.