Multan Sultans have suffered a major blow in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023 as their ace fast bowler, Shahnawaz Dahani, has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament due to a fracture on his right little finger. Dahani sustained the injury during the opening game against Lahore Qalandars when a powerful shot hit his bowling hand. Scans revealed the extent of the injury, and surgery is required. The recovery period could be at least two months.
The Sultans are yet to announce a replacement for the talented bowler. Dahani has been a pivotal part of their bowling unit, having picked up 20 wickets in his debut season, the third-highest tally in a single PSL edition. He was subsequently called up to the national team and has played in two ODIs and 11 T20Is.
In his absence, Multan Sultans have options in Anwar Ali, Sameen Gul, and Ihsanullah. Additionally, overseas bowling picks, Wayne Parnell and Josh Little, are expected to join the team soon.
The Sultans have been one of the most consistent teams in recent PSL editions, finishing in the top two in the last three seasons and clinching the title in 2021. However, the absence of their key bowler could have a significant impact on their chances of success in the tournament.