KARACHI: No HBL Pakistan Super League champions had ever before handled to maintain their crown however Karachi Kings are identified to transform that around under their new head instructor Herschelle Gibbs with Babar Azam– probably one of the most effective batsmen in present globe cricket– readied to play a crucial role.
However if Karachi Kings do lose their hold of the title in the HBL PSL 6 after that they’ll be remembered as the title champions for the quickest ever before period– of simply 4 months given that they won the final in Karachi last November– in the competition background.
Former South Africa batsman Gibbs is still discovering his way in the duty of mentoring as he prepares to fill up the big space developed by the unforeseen demise of Dean Jones in September 2020. Jones– the ex-Australia batting celebrity– was at the helm during Karachi Kings’ run in the league phase prior to the HBL PSL V came to an abrupt stop in the middle of March complying with the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19). The franchise business president Wasim Akram after that served as the acting trainer during the playoffs.
Karachi Kings– one of simply 2 HBL PSL franchises– additionally carry a pleased document of never ever missing out the playoffs in all five versions so far, and provided the squad they have actually assembled this year, they certainly have enough deepness to hold them in good stead once more.
Regardless of his unquestionable course, Babar heads right into the competitors with absence of huge runs but the all-format Pakistan captain has incredible top qualities of promptly getting his stride. The advantage that Babar has below is that he can totally concentrate on his batting, while Imad Wasim continues as captain.
Unhappy Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir is Karachi Kings’ go-to-man as the left-armer heads the bowling which looks rather balanced, at least on paper, with a good mix of youth (Mohammad Ilyas, Arshad Iqbal, Abbas Afridi as well as Afghanistan’s Noor Ahmed, who at simply 16 is a left-arm wrist rewriter) as well as experience (Mohammad Nabi, Waqas Maqsood, Dan Christian and Aamir Yamin).
Karachi Kings additionally expect excellent things from Danish Aziz, who remained in the Pakistan squad that won the current T20 collection against South Africa. Yet to be topped at the international degree, the left-handed Danish is virtually ensured to be amongst the choices for beginning line-up.
An additional exciting skill in the team is Qasim Akram. The 18-year-old is ranked among the most talented batting all-rounders that need to be betting the elderly Pakistan side after having currently represented the country at younger level.
Squad: Imad Wasim (captain), Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Sharjeel Khan, Aamir Yamin, Chadwick Walton, Joe Clarke, Danish Aziz, Zeeshan Malik, Waqas Maqsood, Mohammad Ilyas, Qasim Akram, Arshad Iqbal, Noor Ahmed, Abbas Afridi.
Backroom staff: Herschelle Gibbs (head coach), Dougie Brown (assistant coach), Wasim Akram (bowling mentor and president), Faisal Iqbal (batting coach), Kamran Khan (fielding coach), Imtiaz Khan (physio), Ibrahim Qureshi (trainer), Mohammad Irfan (masseur), Faisal Mirza (media manager).
Season M W L T NR/Abd SR Rank
2016 9 2 7 0 0 22.22 4th
2017 10 5 5 0 0 50.00 3rd
2018 12 5 5 1 1 50.00 3rd
2019 11 5 6 0 0 45.45 4th
2020 12 7 4 0 1 58.33 1st
Overall 54 24 27 1 2 44.44 —
Opponents M W L T NR/Abd SR
Islamabad United 14 8 6 0 0 57.14 Lahore Qalandars 11 7 3 1 0 68.18
Multan Sultans 7 3 1 1 2 57.14
Peshawar Zalmi 12 4 8 0 0 33.33
Quetta Gladiators 10 3 7 0 0 30.00
Karachi Kings’ fixtures (all times in PST)
Feb 20: vs Quetta Gladiators (Karachi, 7:00pm)
Feb 24: vs Islamabad United (Karachi, 7:00pm)
Feb 27: vs Multan Sultans (Karachi, 2:00pm)
Feb 28: vs Lahore Qalandars (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 3: vs Peshawar Zalmi (Karachi, 2:00pm)
March 5: vs Multan Sultans (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 7: vs Islamabad United (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 10: vs Peshawar Zalmi (Lahore, 7:00pm)
March 13: vs Quetta Gladiators (Lahore, 2:00pm)
March 14: vs Lahore Qalandars (Lahore, 7:00pm)