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Shan Masood joins Karachi Kings in a major trade with Multan Sultans

Karachi Kings, the champions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season five, have made a major trade with Multan Sultans ahead of the draft on December 13. In this trade, Pakistan’s current Test captain, Shan Masood, will join the Karachi Kings’ squad. In exchange, Karachi Kings bid farewell to left-arm wrist spinner Faisal Akram along with their first pick in the diamond round and first pick in the silver round.

Shan Masood joined Multan Sultans in 2018 and made his PSL debut in 2019. He also captained the Sultans in 2020 and led them to the top of the league stage and their first-ever playoffs appearance. He scored 1,318 runs in 42 matches for the Sultans and played a key role in their title triumph in 2021.

Faisal Akram is a young and talented spinner who impressed everyone with his skills in the National T20 Cup and the U-19 World Cup. He was signed by Karachi Kings as a supplementary player in the PSL 8 draft and made his List A debut for Southern Punjab in the Pakistan Cup. He will now join Multan Sultans as a partial replacement for Shan Masood.

The trade is seen as a strategic move by both franchises to strengthen their squads for the upcoming season of PSL. Karachi Kings will benefit from the experience and leadership of Shan Masood, who can also open the batting with Babar Azam. Multan Sultans will gain a promising spinner in Faisal Akram, who can add variety and depth to their bowling attack.

Multan Sultans Chief Executive Ali Khan Tareen thanked Shan Masood for his contribution and leadership, saying that he will be missed by the franchise. He also welcomed Faisal Akram and the draft picks, saying that they will add depth and variety to the squad.

The PSL draft will be held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on Wednesday, December 13, 2023. The anticipated dates for PSL 9 are February 8, 2024, through March 24, 2024. Earlier, it was reported that two countries, UAE and South Africa, are in the running to host some matches of PSL 9 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.

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