Hafeez, Jayawardene in line for Multan Sultans: Reports

Mohammad Hafeez likely to become captain of Multan Sultans for PSL 3Mohammad Hafeez could take over the leadership role for the Multan Sultans in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League.

The Multan Sultans were the sixth team to be named in the PSL, joining the Quetta Gladiators, Peshawar Zalmi, Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings and Islamabad United in the tournament. And the owners are now contemplating bringing in Hafeez as their skipper for what will be their first season in the competition in PSL 3.

Hafeez has played for the Peshawar Zalmi in the previous two seasons, and is the seventh-highest scorer over the two tournaments. His 373 runs have, however, come at an average of 19.63 only and with a strike-rate at 112, making it a slightly underwhelming record. No other batsman in the first two seasons of the tournament with at least 300 runs averages less than 20. His 15 overs have also brought him seven wickets at 13.85.

According to online reports, there is also a chance that they bring in the 40-year-old Mahela Jayawardene as the deputy skipper. Jayawardene has retired from international cricket and is currently travelling the world as a freelance T20 cricketer, having also taken over the Mumbai Indians coaching role in the Indian Premier League.

Jayawardene last played in a T20 game in the PSL itself, turning up for the Karachi Kings but that was his only game in the entire tournament. He had also featured in the New Zealand T20 competition, the McDonald’s Super Smash.

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