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Herschelle Gibbs appointed head coach of PSL 2020 champions Karachi Kings
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Herschelle Gibbs appointed head coach of PSL 2020 champions Karachi Kings

Reigning Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Karachi Kings have roped in former South Africa opener Herschelle Gibbs as the team's head coach for the upcoming season.

Gibbs slots into the role left vacant after the unfortunate death of Dean Jones due to a cardiac arrest last year in September.

The Imad Wasim-captained Karachi Kings went on to clinch their maiden PSL title in November with the players giving a heartfelt tribute to the deceased Jones.

Gibbs will be partnering with legendary swing bowler Wasim Akram, who serves as the Kings' president and head of cricket operations.

"He changed the way the game was played with his aggression and passion and taking it into his coaching as well. A great believer in the strength of teamwork and discipline, the Karachi Kings are proud to announce our new Head Coach Herschelle Gibbs," the franchise stated in a press release.

Akram mentioned the challenges involved in repeating Jones' success mantra but believed Gibbs was the right candidate to continue the former Australian batsman's legacy in the PSL.

"It was always going to be tough filling in Deano’s shoes, but Gibbsy has always been a great student of the modern game and with his growing exposure in coaching roles, I reckon he is a great fit at our team to continue our winning ways,” he claimed.

Gibbs distinguished himself with his attacking style of play over the course of his illustrious career. The Proteas opener racked up a total of 14,661 runs across formats and represented the national side in 90 Tests, 248 ODIs and 23 T20Is.

He made his last international appearance in 2010 and also established his reputation as a fierce competitor in franchise-based leagues across the globe.

Gibbs boasts a bit of coaching experience as well, having been associated with a short stint with Kuwait and Afghanistan's domestic Shpageeza Cricket League.

He was most recently the head coach for Colombo Kings in the Lanka Premier League, having originally gone to Sri Lanka as part of the commentary panel. Colombo topped the five-team table at the end of the league stage but faced defeat to Galle Gladiators in the semi-final.