Lahore – December 20, 2018: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has awarded the franchise rights of the sixth HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) to the consortium of Alamgir Tareen and Ali Tareen for the next seven years following the conclusion of the bidding process in which the winning bid was more than the reserve price of $5.21 million per annum.
Commenting on the successful sale of the franchise rights, PCB Chairman Mr. Ehsan Mani said this was a key step in the growth of the HBL PSL brand.
“I would like to welcome the Multan Consortium of Alamgir Tareen and Ali Tareen to our HBL PSL family,” said Mr. Mani, adding: “The consortium includes passionate cricket patrons who are keen to work with PCB to make HBL PSL a bigger brand. It is also heartening to note that they plan to provide a platform for young cricketing talent.
A delighted Mr Ali Tareen said: “Our goal was to retain the sixth HBL PSL franchise in South Punjab and we have succeeded in that. We want to focus on developing cricket in the region and bringing more players from the region to the top level. The HBL PSL is not only a platform for entertainment but also for cricket development.”
HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 will kick off in Dubai on 14 February 2019, while Multan Consortium will play their opening match on Friday, 15 February, against Karachi Kings.
Their complete schedule of matches is:
Friday, 15 February – v Karachi Kings, Dubai
Saturday, 16 February – v Islamabad United, Dubai
Wednesday, 20 February – v Quetta Gladiators, Sharjah
Friday, 22 February – v Lahore Qalandars, Sharjah
Sunday, 24 February – v Peshawar Zalmi, Sharjah
Tuesday, 26 February – v Islamabad United, Dubai
Thursday, 28 February – Peshawar Zalmi, Dubai
Friday, 1 March – v Quetta Gladiators, Dubai
Monday, 4 March – v Karachi Kings, Abu Dhabi
Sunday, 10 March – v Lahore Qalandars, Lahore
Their squad is:
Shoaib Malik (captain), Ali Shafiq, Dan Christian, Joe Denly, Laurie Evans, Irfan Khan, Junaid Khan, Mohamad Abbas, Mohamad Junaid, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Illyas, Tom Moores,, Nauman Ali, Nicholas Pooran, Shahid Afridi, Shakeel Ansar, Shan Masood, Steve Smith, Umar Siddiq and Qais Ahmed.