Karachi Kings have gone for a new-look squad for the next edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and have roped in some surprising picks as they look to overturn their fortunes and claim their maiden title win. The Karachi-based franchise have always been able to qualify for the playoffs but have never progressed to the final.
The retentions announced earlier boasted the likes of elegant batsman Babar Azam, skipper Imad Wasim, left-arm speedster Mohammad Amir, power-hitter Iftikhar Ahmed, all-rounder Aamer Yamin. In the high-profile PSL draft, Karachi picked England opener Alex Hales in the Platinum Category. Hales, who is an integral part of England’s limited-overs sides, bolstered Islamabad United’s top-order in the last PSL season.
Hales will be joined by his compatriots Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett, making up for an intimidating pace trio alongside Amir.
Cameron Delport is also going to play for Karachi Kings alongside USA pacer Ali Khan and Essex player Dan Lawrence. The latter two cricketers will be making their first appearance in the PSL this time around.
Despite all the aforementioned eclectic mix of players, the most significant pick of the night for Karachi Kings is the hard-hitting opener, Sharjeel Khan.
The sturdy batsman will be making his return to Pakistan’s premier T20 competition after being convicted of spot-fixing in the second edition of the PSL. He was slapped with a five-year ban with half of the sentence being suspended and has since then been committed to rehabilitation work with the Pakistan Cricket Board. His PSL comeback will be keenly awaited by fans.