The most famous team of PSL, Karachi Kings are ready to jump back into action, having recently concluded the Khiladi Ki Khoj – Talent Hunt at the National Stadium Karachi.
In preparation of the second season, the Karachi Kings have made some major changes to the team. The lineup now includes West Indian heavy hitter Chris Gayle a.k.a. ‘The Gayle Storm’ and Sri Lankan wicket keeper/batsman, Kumar Sangakkara, who will be performing the duties of Team Mentor as well. Karachi Kings also adds Pakistan’s very own Babar Azam, who recently made the world record for scoring centuries in three consecutive matches against West Indies. The team already comprises of some of Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Amir and Sohail Khan among others.
The changes are not only limited to the team, the advisory board for Karachi Kings now includes Pakistan Team Coach Mickey Arthur, and some of the most respected and well known cricketers from Pakistan including Shoaib Malik, Rashid Latif, Saleem Yousuf, Iqbal Qasim and Azhar Mehmood.
Mr. Salman Iqbal – Owner of Karachi Kings, has made some uplifting changes to the management as well. With Tariq Wasi appointed as CEO, Mickey Arthur will continue as Head Coach, Azhar Mahmood as Coach, Rashid Latif has been added as Team Director, Navaid Rasheed as VP Operations, Shehzad Hassan Khan as Head of Marketing for the team and Asim Qureshi will be responsible for Branding.
Speaking about the Khiladi Ki Khoj – Talent hunt, Mr. Salman Iqbal said ‘The amount of talent that we got to see during the trial period has been astounding. With thousands of players coming in from all over Pakistan, we feel proud to be part of an initiative that is making efforts to bring new blood to this great game’
The Khiladi Ki Khoj – Talent hunt was held to find and bring forth the promising new talent in cricket for PSL. Over the course of the trial period 350 promising candidates were shortlisted. Top 6 players will be recommended in the PSL draft for emerging category.
Besides this out of the selected players, 4 teams with 15 players each will be formed and a tournament will be held under the Karachi Kings Foundation whose Chairman is Mr. Salman Iqbal. Out of these 60 players 15 will be chosen to become the Karachi Kings A team.