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Multan Sultans’ Coach Alex Hartley Joins Players in Ramadan Fasting

As the ninth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 9) approaches its climax, an intriguing story has emerged from the Multan Sultans’ camp. Alex Hartley, the team’s spin bowling coach, has chosen to fast during the holy month of Ramadan, just like her players.

Hartley, a former English cricketer, revealed her decision during an interview with BBC 5 Live Sport. She explained that her decision to fast was driven by a desire to understand the experiences of her players, who maintain their fasts even on match days.

“Ramadan is a significant time for many of our players, and they continue to fast despite the demanding schedule of the league. I wanted to truly comprehend what they go through, and how they feel when they step onto the field after a day of fasting. I felt it was only fair that if the players are doing it, I should join them,” Hartley shared.

She also opened up about the challenges she has encountered due to fasting. “We break our fast after a whole day of fasting. I usually have some dates and salad. We can eat until 4 am and then we don’t eat again until 6:40 pm the next day. It is indeed hard,” she admitted.

Hartley further revealed that she has adjusted her routine to accommodate the fasting schedule. “I go to bed at 4 am and sleep during the day, as our games start at 9 pm,” she said.

In other news, the Multan Sultans have become the first team to secure a spot in the final of PSL 9. They achieved this feat after defeating Babar Azam’s Peshawar Zalmi in the Qualifier on March 14. Led by Mohammad Rizwan, the team chased down the 147-run target with ease, marking their fourth consecutive final appearance.

The Sultans are now set to face the winner of the second eliminator, Islamabad United. The much-awaited final will be contested in Karachi on March 18 (Tomorrow).

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