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Dean Jones appointed Karachi Kings head coach
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Dean Jones appointed Karachi Kings head coach

Dean Jones will assume coaching responsibilities for Karachi Kings in the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League.

Jones' association with two-time PSL champions Islamabad United recently came to an end after the franchise decided against extending his contract leading to the former Australian cricketer expressing his disappointment.

The 58-year-old, who is highly regarded as a shrewd tactician, donned the national jersey for his team in 52 Tests and 164 one-day internationals.

Karachi Kings, still deprived of the coveted PSL trophy after four seasons, were previously coached by Mickey Arthur but failed to progress to the finals even once despite qualifying for the playoffs since the inaugural tournament.

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Arthur's position as the Kings head coach while simultaneously occupying the coaching role for Pakistan raised questions over a potential conflict of interest in this year's PSL.

Meanwhile, Jones was delighted to begin his new journey with the Karachi-based PSL team and alluded to the analytical methods he was keen to apply in the forthcoming competition scheduled to be held in Pakistan.

"Thrilled to be part of the Karachi Kings family. It's a privilege and an honour to be able to coach this very successful and strong franchise," he told ARY News.

"I'm trying to bring a brand of cricket that will be exciting for all the fans. I'm pretty analytical, I've got my own methods [and that's] the way it's going to go ahead. But I think the ingredients are in the cake to make a successful team."

Jones experienced immeasurable success with United while he was at the helm of the side's affairs, managing to win the first PSL season in partnership with then-captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

He enjoyed the taste of PSL silverware once again when the JP Duminy-led United beat Peshawar Zalmi in the grand final at National Stadium, Karachi last year.

"We welcome Dean Jones to the Kings family. He has been part of the PSL for the longest time. He led Islamabad United to victory in six of the eight playoffs and two championships so he's clearly one of the best coaches we have in the PSL," Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal was quoted as saying.

Jones was also believed to be one of the top candidates to have applied for the Pakistan head coach post a couple of months ago before it went to former skipper Misbah.