Multan Sultans co-owner Ali Khan Tareen has said that it will be 'ridiculous' for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to name his franchise as the winners of Pakistan Super League's fifth edition without having the tournament completed.
"Finishing at number one means we were the most dominant/consistent team, but it doesnt mean we won," Tareen tweeted on Friday. "It would be ridiculous for the PCB to just give us the trophy."
He further added that all sides should have equal chance of winning the competition. "Trophies should be won, not given."
Regarding how to finish #PSLV. Finishing at No.1 means we were the most dominant/consistent team, but it doesnt mean we won. It would be ridiculous for the PCB to just give us the trophy. All 4 teams have the same chance of winning. Trophies should be won, not given.— Ali Khan Tareen (@aliktareen) April 3, 2020
Tareen, in a separate tweet, said that helping the players grow was more rewarding than just winning the trophies. "So, that’s why I want the remaining games to be played later in the year so our local players get more opportunities to shine."
And as I’ve always said, trophies are not important. Helping players develop, giving them a platform and watching them excel is so much more rewarding. So that’s why I want the remaining games to be played later in the year so our local players get more opportunities to shine ⭐️— Ali Khan Tareen (@aliktareen) April 3, 2020
Multan finished top of the table at the end of the league stage and booked their place in the playoffs alongside Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi.
However, the tournament was postponed indefinitely after an overseas player showed symptoms of the coronavirus.
Sultans have stated that they should be named champions if the rest of the tournament does not take place. However, Wasim Khan is understandably unwilling to take that step just yet.
"It’s no fun just handing it over to Multan Sultans at the moment," he said while speaking with ESPN. "Although they will be pushing for that. Our first protocol is to make the tournament happen but if we can’t make that happen then I think as other leagues would have done that is name a winner. With them being on top, this will probably be the case."