The Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine witnessed another big trade as Quetta Gladiators’ Iftikhar Ahmed joined the 2021 winners, Multan Sultans, in a swap deal with Rilee Rossouw, confirmed the franchise in a social media post.
Iftikhar, who has represented Peshawar Zalmi, Karachi Kings and Islamabad United in the past, is set to wear Sultans' jersey this year, making him the first player to play for five different teams in the league.
“I am delighted to become a Sultan. It is an honour for me to represent the people of Multan as their passion for this game is second to none. Multan Sultans have evolved into a strong team and their record in the last three seasons speak for itself. Now, it is my ambition to help them bag the prestigious HBL PSL trophy. Sultans, #IftiMania aapki team mein araha hay,” Iftikhar said after becoming a Sultan.
Sultan’s skipper also welcomed the arrival of Iftikhar who, in recent years, has emerged as one of the finest all-rounders of the shorter format and someone who contributes greatly with the bat.
“I am very excited to welcome Iftikhar Ahmed. He brings outstanding all-round skills, which we need to be a champion team,” said Rizwan on Iftikhar’s inclusion in the team.
“It was not only his on-field skills that made us finalise this trade, but he is also a brilliant team player who uplifts dressing rooms with his presence. We are eager to put together a set of players whose skills are in sync with our positive, bold and aggressive brand of cricket.”
With the historic trade, Multan Sultans now also have the first platinum pick in the PSL 9 Draft which is scheduled to take place on December 13 in Lahore.
Rossouw rejoined Quetta, the team he won the PSL trophy with in 2019 and was also the second top-scorer by scoring 39 runs in the final against Peshawar Zalmi.
Earlier, the PSL saw one of the biggest trades in its history as Karachi Kings’ skipper Imad Wasim joined Islamabad United while Hasan Ali joined the 2020 PSL winners.