Friday, February 21st, 2020


moeen ali is gearing himself up for a diet of more than four months of t20 action via the pakistan super league, indian premier league and vitality blast.

worcestershire rapids official blast captain has linked up with multan sultans for five weeks of psl action starting later today (friday) after being part of england’s t20i and odi side in south africa up until last weekend.

the psl will consist of 10 group games before the qualifiers and eliminators decide who will meet in the final in lahore on march 22.

county players ravi bopara (sussex), james vince (hampshire) and wayne madsen (derbyshire) will be team-mates of moeen.

only one week later the 32-year-old will be part of the ipl from march 29 with royal challengers bangalore with the tournament running through to a may 24 climax.

this will include 14 group games and then the qualifiers and eliminators to determine the teams in the final in mumbai.

skipper virat kohli, ab de villiers, aaron finch and dale steyn form part of the rcb squad.

the ipl’s conclusion heralds the start of the blast from may 28 – with the rapids first in action on june 2 against visiting northamptonshire steelbacks at New Road.

the group phase will see moeen and the rapids facing 14 matches up until july 12 as they bid to continue their outstanding recent record in the tournament – winners in 2018 and runners-up in 2019.

the psl kicks off for moeen against lahore qalandars today and then 24 hours later a meeting with islamabad united.

it is moeen’s first taste of the competition but he will be joining up with royal challengers bangalore for the third year running.

he said: “there is a t20 world cup coming up and i want to give myself as much experience as i can. i’ve not played that much t20 cricket.”