Pakistan Super League

Blow to Multan Sultans as Shahnawaz Dahani ruled out of PSL 2023

Blow to Multan Sultans as Shahnawaz Dahani ruled out of PSL 2023
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Multan Sultans have suffered a major setback as their fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani has been ruled out of the remainder of the Pakistan Super League 2023 due to a fracture on his right little finger. Dahani sustained the injury in the opening game against Lahore Qalandars when he was hit by a powerful shot from Sikandar Raza that struck his bowling hand.

Following scans, it was confirmed that he has a fracture in his right little finger and he will require surgery. This means that he could potentially be out of action for at least two months. As of now, Sultans have not named a replacement for Dahani.

Dahani has been a standout performer in the bowling unit for Sultans, making an immediate impression in his PSL debut in 2021. He picked up 20 wickets in his opening season, the third-most in a single edition of PSL, only behind Hasan Ali (25) and Faheem Ashraf (21) in 2019. He was then fast-tracked into the national team, making his Pakistan debut in November 2021. He has played two ODIs and 11 T20Is so far.

Sultans have a few back-up options for Dahani, with Anwar Ali being the most likely candidate to fill the void. Sameen Gul and Ihsanullah played in the opening game, while overseas bowling picks Wayne Parnell and Josh Little are yet to join the team.

Despite the setback, Sultans have had a great run in the last two seasons of the PSL, being the most consistent team last year and finishing in the top two in the last three seasons. They clinched the title in 2021 and are looking to continue their winning momentum in the ongoing PSL 2023.