Catherine Dalton Multan Sultans PSL first female coach

Catherine Dalton become PSL's first female coach

Catherine Dalton, a former Ireland international, has been signed up as the fast-bowling coach for Multan Sultans, making her the PSL’s first  female coach in history and the first female fast-bowling coach of a top-level men’s side.

Dalton, an ECB-certified Level 3 Advanced Coach, has previously held coaching positions in the national fast-bowling academy in the UK and the Ultimate Pace Foundation in India.

She has worked with several fast bowlers, including Mohammad Ilyas, Sameen Gul, Arshad Iqbal, and several Under-19 players. Dalton was excited about the opportunity and said, “It’s not lost on me the ground-breaking moment for a female fast-bowling coach to work in a major men’s T20 franchise. The opportunity humbles me, and I cannot wait to help make a difference on multiple levels,”  hopefully.

 

Catherine Dalton become PSL’s first female coach

“Having worked in Pakistan with some of the Multan Sultan players on two previous visits, I am really thrilled to be officially joining up with the franchise at the PSL,” Dalton told ESPNcricinfo. “It’s not lost on me the ground-breaking moment for a female fast-bowling coach to be working in a major men’s T20 franchise. I am very humbled by the opportunity and cannot wait to hopefully help make a difference on multiple levels.”

“Catherine has been an integral part of our player-development program for nearly five years now. I’ve personally witnessed her incredible work in player improvement. I always believed she had what it takes to be a top-tier fast-bowling coach,” stated Ali Tareen, owner of Multan Sultans. “I’m absolutely thrilled that her first opportunity has come with the Sultans.”

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When Tareen, once a co-owner of Multan Sultans, reassumed full control of the franchise, he expressed to ESPNcricinfo his desire for more women to apply for coaching and management positions. “It’s all about providing equal opportunities,” he emphasized at the time. “Usually, these roles are only offered to men. We want to see more female candidates stepping up for these positions as well.

“We currently have three male coaches, and we aim to bring on board three female coaches. We’re working towards having them in place before the next PSL season kicks off. Initially, we anticipate our female coaches to be from overseas. And when we establish a women’s team, these coaches will transition to help us out there too. Starting from this season, I aim to maintain gender parity in all seasons for as long as I’m the owner.”

Last month, the PSL confirmed its schedule from February 8 to March 24, 2024. Multan Sultans were the runners-up in the 2023 edition and have made it to the final in each of the last three tournaments.

Who are the other coaches of Multan Sultans?

Abdul Rehman is the coach of Multan Sultans. Additionally, the team has two other coaches: David Parsons as the spin-bowling coach and Drikus Saaiman as the fielding coach.

What is the history of Multan Sultans?

Multan Sultans is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 franchise cricket team representing the city of Multan in southern Pakistan in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

The team was founded in 2017 as an additional sixth team added to the PSL with contract payments of US$41.6 million for eight seasons or US$5.2 million per season.

The team plays its home matches at Multan Cricket Stadium. After their debut season, Schön Properties, who bought the team in 2017, failed to pay their annual fee, and their contract was terminated. In December 2018, a consortium formed by Alamgir Khan Tareen, the majority shareholder, and Ali Khan Tareen became the new owners of the team. The team won its first PSL title in the 2021 season.

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