Pakistan’s opening batter Shan Masood will captain the Derbyshire Falcons in the Vitality Blast.

Shan Masood happens to be Multan Sultans’ all-time leading run-scorer in Pakistan Super League and captained the side before the arrival of Mohammad Rizwan.

With Rizwan, Masood formed a formidable opening pair that deliver Multan their first PSL win and a final berth in this year’s competition.

Shan Masood will now captain Derbyshire who are aiming for a successful first campaign under Mickey Arthur.

The lefthander has been on a tear in his first season in English cricket.

He has scored 844 runs in nine LV=County Championship innings, including three centuries, two of which passed the 200 runs mark.

He will begin his stint in the Second XI T20 fixture against Nottinghamshire before making his official bow on Friday against Birmingham Bears.

“Shan has an aura about him, he has a stature and the players support him,” Head of Cricket, Mickey Arthur said.

“He comes in as captain and Leus du Plooy will be vice-captain, so there’s a leadership change there, and one that I’m excited to see go about their work in white-ball cricket.”

Pakistan will be well represented in this year’s tournament.

Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf (Yorkshire Vikings), Mohammad Rizwan (Sussex Sharks), Naseem Shah, and Zafar Gohar (Gloucestershire) are all participating in the competition.

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