The prestigious Pakistan Super League (PSL) trophy has eluded the clutches of Karachi Kings in the past four seasons despite the popular franchise managing to make it to the playoffs in every edition of the tournament. Equipped with a strong squad this time around, Karachi Kings will be hoping they do much better in the fifth season.
Amidst this backdrop, there still remain a few weak links in Karachi’s armory that could prove to be a hindrance heading into their title hunt. These weaknesses include:
Questions over leadership
Imad Wasim has been the full-time captain of Karachi Kings over the past seasons, both times failing to take his team even into the PSL final. Given the fact that Babar Azam, Pakistan’s incumbent T20I skipper, is already in the side, it perhaps might have made sense if the Karachi Kings management would have made him the side’s captain ahead of Imad. Nevertheless, Imad is one of the finest all-rounders in the shortest format and his leadership credentials have a long history.
Karachi seems to have a top-order heavy batting lineup with the likes of Babar Azam, Sharjeel Khan and Alex Hales providing the firepower upfront. In the middle-order, besides Iftikhar Ahmed, there are not a lot of power-hitters the team can rely on. Their decision to relieve Colin Ingram of his services this season might come back to haunt them.
Dearth of youngsters
Karachi Kings’ squad is an ageing one with several players over 30. With the general goal of the development of Pakistan cricket in mind, this does not bode well for the future. This problem could also manifest itself in the form of a lack of athleticism in the field.