Dubai: Multan Sultan, which finished as table-toppers after the league stages in Pakistan Super League (PSL), could have been awarded the title for 2020, according to Azhar Mahmood, former Pakistan allrounder and their bowling coach. The T20 league, one of the last few sporting events to be called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, was called off hours before the semi-finals scheduled to be played last week.
Mahmood, who has been there and done that as a player and then part of the support staff in franchise leagues around the world including the Indian Premier League (IPL), joined issue with veteran allrounder Shahid Afridi’s call that Multan deserved to be conferred the title after the sudden cancellation of the league. ‘‘I am in agreement with Shahid Afridi regarding his idea of awarding the title to the table-toppers, Multan Sultan. The fact is that each of the sides had played 10 games at the time when the tournament was stopped. Given that all teams had played equal games and no further matches were possible, Afridi’s suggestion makes a lot of sense.
‘‘It’s a fair call in my view as Multan Sultan were far ahead of the other sides at 14 points and if the PSL is not able to resume then handing the title to us would be the right thing to do. This would be same as in the case where semi-final or final games are washed out due to rain, in such cases the team with the highest points would be declared winners,’’ he observed in a signed article in Pakpassion.net.
There was a buzz in some quarters if the PSL had stretched itself a bit too long even when other major sporting events were getting called off from the first week of March, but Mahmood felt that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had taken the call at the right time.