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Karachi Kings is one of the competing teams from Pakistan Super League (PSL). This Twenty20 cricket team is a Karachi based team. In 2015, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) launched Pakistan Super League which resulted in the formation of Karachi Kings and other competing teams. Karachi Kings is owned by Salman Iqbal who is also the owner of ARY Media Group. National Stadium Karachi is considered the home ground for Karachi Kings. Salman Iqbal has announced Imad Wasim as the captain of Karachi Kings for the PSL 4. The team is coached by Mickey Arthur. Rashid Latif serves as a director and an advisor to the team. Wasim Akram has become the president of the team for PSL 4.
|Nickname(s)||Dillon Ke Badshah (Kings of hearts)|
|Home ground||National Stadium|
In 2015, Pakistan Cricket Board disclosed the owners of five franchises for the Twenty20 tournament. The ARY Media Group became the owner of Karachi Franchise. This franchise was sold for an agreement of ten years having USD value of $26 million, therefore, considered the most expensive one till 2017. Multan Sultans became the most expensive team in 2017 as the team was sold for an agreement of eight years having USD value of $41.6 million.
At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the Kings successfully played against Lahore Qalandars and made a huge victory. Mohammad Amir was the man of the match for taking a hat-trick.
During the group stage of the league, the Kings managed to win two matches with a loss of six matches. The team ranked fourth in the table which was apparently a lead from Lahore Qalandars and successfully qualified for the play-off stage.
After the qualifier match being played against Islamabad United, Shoaib Malik was replaced by Ravi Bopara and became the captain of Karachi Kings. Unfortunately, the Kings had the lowest score of 111 and got defeated by the end of 15th over. Therefore, the team was eliminated from the tournament.
Ravi Bopara appeared as the player of the first season.
Babar Azam and Kumar Sangakkara became the part of Karachi Kings for the PSL 2 and Azhar Mehmood was appointed as the coach for kings. Also, Babar Azam joined Karachi kings as a player for the second season of the league and Azhar Mehmood joined as a coach. During the second tournament, the players draft of Karachi Kings had Shoaib Malik, Shahzaib Hasan, Ravi Bopara, Imad Wasim, Saifullah Bangash, Sohail Khan, and Mohammad Amir. The team also included Mahela Jayawardena, Ryan McLaren, and Kieron Pollard and other six players to the squad.
Karachi Kings faced defeat against Peshawar Lazmi in the first match of the second tournament. Kings lost by 7 wickets chasing a target of only 18 runs. In the second match, Karachi Kings lost to Quetta Gladiators as they could not manage to chase 160. There was no progress in the team even after moving to Sharjah. There was a continuous streak of losses. In their following match against Lahore Qalandars, there seemed a successful partnership between Shoaib Malik and Kumar Sangakkara. They managed to score 101 runs for the kings. It had to be a success for the kings but by the end of the match, the team could not chase the target of 180. The next match was played against Islamabad United and kings managed to regain their position on the tournament table. It was luckily the rain that resulted in the victory of Karachi Kings. The Duckworth-Lewis method was the reason behind this victory. The winning streaks were continued in Sharjah and the kings managed to lead Peshawar Zalmi. The partnership between Daren Sammy and Shahid Afridi made it difficult for the kings but by the end of the match, the tremendous bowling of kings led to a 9-run victory.
After playing in Sharjah, the tournament returned to Dubai where the Kings lost their position and defeated from Quetta Gladiators. This brought an end to the winning streak of Karachi Kings and the team was pushed to the bottom of the tournament table. The next match was very important for the kings to sustain in the tournament. The kings successfully managed to win against Lahore Qalandars. The team had to chase 156 and only 10 runs were required to meet the target. It was Kieron Pollard efforts and back-to-back sixes that kept the kings alive in the second tournament of the league.
It was then a tough time for the kings as they had to play well in order to maintain their run rate in the following match against the United. Karachi kings really had to protect their runs in order to qualify for the eliminator stage. It was again the rain that favored the team, the match was restricted to 15-overs-a-side and the kings had to meet the target of 124 by Islamabad United. At that stage, Karachi Kings required 111 runs in order to get qualified for the next stage i.e. eliminator stage. Chris Gayle scored 44 for 17 balls and then the match was beautifully finished by a boundary on the second last ball. This boundary was hit by Pollard which helped Karachi Kings to win against Islamabad United.
In the eliminator stage, the kings again had to face Islamabad United. Karachi decided to bat first and scored 126 after getting all players out. The match was progressing in favor of Islamabad United but it turned out as a disaster in the second innings. The Karachi King’s bowlers, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, and Usama Mir picked up 3 wickets individually. Islamabad managed to score 82 runs getting all out. This score appeared as the king’s lowest score in the PSL 2 and also the second lowest in whole league. Thus, Islamabad United had to leave the tournament after such loss. Karachi Kings was then qualified for the second playoff of the tournament.
In 2017 Shahid Afridi became the president and player of Karachi Kings. Tymal Mills replaced Mitchell Johson as he left the tournament when 2018 season was about to start. The first match of 2018 was played against Quetta Gladiators and the kings played quite well and finally put an end to their losing streaks. The Gladiators had to face a defeat by 19 runs. In the following match, the kings successfully won against Peshawar Zalmi and beautifully continued their winning streaks. In their next match against Lahore Qalandars, the kings decided to bat first and Bopara scored 50 runs in the innings. The kings finally scored 159 for 9. In the second innings, Lahore Qalandars did great effort and their score was 68 runs for 1. This score was recorded by the end of 6 overs but then Shahid Afridi turned out as the man of the match and his 3 wickets were enough to declare the victory of the kings. Qalandars lost against Kings for 27 runs.
When the league moved to Sharjah, there was persistent rain which did not favor kings against Multan Sultans. In the following match which was against Islamabad, the Kings lost the game by 8 wickets and failed to defend the highest target of the tournament.
Shahid Afridi joined Karachi Kings as president and player for third season.
Karachi King’s Identity:
On December 21, 2015, the name and logo for the team were announced. The logo has a lion with Karachi king mentioned in a combination of gold and white. According to the owner of Karachi Kings, Salman Iqbal, the theme and the logo are the signs of resilience and a true spirit of Karachi. The primary colors for the jersey are golden and blue. Also, there is a logo of a roaring lion at the bottom left. The kit is manufactured by a renowned sports manufacturing company named AJ sports.
For the first three seasons of the league, Bahria Town was the title sponsor for Karachi Kings. Other sponsors included Pepsi, Summit Bank, Oye Hoye, The Arkadians, Shield Corporation Limited, and Brighto paints. The official main principle partner of Karachi Kings for the second season was Naya Nazimabad. Bridge power appeared as a platinum sponsor. Team’s tea partner was Vital tea. Cotton & Cotton agreed to serve as official apparel partner of Karachi Kings. Pakistan Observer was a print media partner.Titans was Memorabilia partner. The team’s anthem for the second season was titled as “Dhan Dhana Dhan Hoga Re” which was beautifully sung by none other than Shehzad Roy and for the PSL 3, Shehzad Roy again sang the anthem “De Dhana Dhan” with equal passion.
Singer Shehzad Roy and Pakistani film stars Humayun Saeed and were the star ambassadors for the third season of PSL.
TUC replaced Bahria Town for the fourth season as the title sponsor for Karachi Kings.
- Awais Zia (age 32) is a left hand batsman and a right arm off break bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Iftikhar Ahmed (age 28) is a right hand batsman and a right arm off break bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Colin Munro (age 31) is a left hand batsman and a right arm medium bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Colin Ingram (age 33) is a left hand batsman and a right leg spin bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Sikandar Raza (age 32) is a right hand batsman and a right arm off break bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Babar Azam (age 32) is a right hand batsman and a right arm off spin bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Imad Wasim (age 30) is a left hand batsman and a slow left arm orthodox bowler, signed the contract in 2018.
- Ali Imran (age 20) is a right hand batsman and a right arm medium bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Ravi Bopara (age 33) is a right hand batsman and a right arm medium fast bowler, signed the contract in 2018.
- Liam Livingstone (age 25) is a right hand batsman and a right leg break bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Aamer Yamin (age 28) is a right hand batsman and a right arm medium bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Jaahid Ali (age 23) is a right hand batsman and a right arm off break bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Ben Dunk (age 31) is a left hand batsman and a right arm off break bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Mohammmad Amir (age 26) is a left hand batsman and a left arm fast bowler, signed the contract in 2018.
- Aaron Summers (age 22) is a right hand batsman and a right arm fast bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Usman Khan (age 24) is a right hand batsman and a left arm medium fast bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Umer Khan (age 19) is a left hand batsman and a slow left arm orthodox bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Sohail Khan (age 34) is a right hand batsman and a right arm fast bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Usama Mir (age 23) is a right hand batsman and a right leg spin bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
- Abrar Ahmed (age 20) is a left hand batsman and a left leg break bowler, signed the contract in 2019.
Management and coaching staff:
- Owner: Salman Iqbal (ARY Media Group)
- President: Wasim Akram
- CEO: Tariq Wasi
- Head Coach: Mickey Arthur
- Assistant Coach: Azhar Mahmood
- Fielding Coach: Mohammad Masroor
- Physio: Azhar Ali
- Analyst: Sikander Bakht
Overall result in PSL
- 2016: Matches played= 9 (Won=2, Loss=7) with SR=22.22% and Position=4/5.
- 2017: Matches played= 10 (Won=5, Loss=5) with SR=50.00% and Position=3/5.
- 2018: Matches played= 10 (Won=5, Loss=6, Tie&L=1) with SR=45.45% and Position=3/6.
- Islamabad United (2016–present), played 9 matches (Won=4. Lost=5) with SR=44.44%.
- Lahore Qalandars (2016–present), played 6 matches (Won=4. Lost=1, Tie&L=1) with SR=66.67%.
- Multan Sultans (2018–present), played 2 matches (Won=1. Lost=0, NR=1) with SR=100.00%.
- Peshawar Zalmi (2016–present), played 8 matches (Won=2. Lost=6) with SR=25.00%.
- Quetta Gladiators (2018–present), played 6 matches (Won=1. Lost=5) with SR=16.67%.
- Mohammad Amir (2016-Present), Matches=28, Overs=97.2, Wickets=26, Average=25.57, BBI=3/7, 4w=0. 5w=0.
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