PSL 9 Draft: Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans strike major deal

The draft will be held on December 13

By Web Desk
December 07, 2023
Shan Masood plays a shot. - PCB

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five winner Karachi Kings have made a trade with Multan Sultans ahead of the draft on December 13.

Multan Sultans management has traded Shan Masood for the first pick in Diamond category, the second pick in Silver category as well as Multan-born left-arm wrist spinner Faisal Akram. Karachi Kings have gotten Multan Sultans’ fourth pick in the first Diamond round.

Multan Sultans now have two picks - second and fourth - in the first Silver round. The team had previously bagged the first Platinum pick of this year’s draft in a trade deal with Quetta Gladiators.

Masood initially joined Multan Sultans during the 2018 season and made his PSL debut in 2019 against Karachi Kings. He also led Sultans to top the league stage in the 2020 season and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. He has amassed 1,318 runs in 42 matches and his presence also played a pivotal role in Sultans' title win in 2021.

Earlier, the Kings traded their last edition's skipper Imad Wasim to Islamabad United in place of Hasan Ali.

“PSL 5 winning captain Imad Wasim will don Islamabad United colours in the ninth edition of the tournament. Imad, who was named as the All-Rounder of PSL 8, has been snapped by Islamabad United in the Platinum category,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in a brief press release.

“Hasan Ali (Diamond category) moves to Karachi Kings. By virtue of this player trade, Karachi Kings have received Islamabad United’s first round silver pick in exchange for their second round silver pick,” it added.

The draft of PSL season nine will take place at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.

PSL 9 is tentatively scheduled from 8 February to 24 March 2024.

Earlier, it was reported that two countries are in the running to host some matches of the PSL 9.

According to sources, UAE and South Africa could host the initial matches of PSL due to elections in Pakistan.

However, sources added that the majority of the franchises are insisting that the entire event should take place in Pakistan.