WEB DESK: The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is starting on Thursday, Feb 4th. The opening match will be played between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United. All the teams have arrived in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and have their eyes on the PSL trophy.
As cricket fans we all love to watch matches where no one knows till the last over, who will win and who will lose.
My favourite team for the PSL is Karachi Kings, led by Shoaib Malik. This is not just because I belong to Karachi but because this is the most expensive team, which has a balanced selection of players, a great combination of bowlers, batsmen and all-rounders.
Kings did not go for big names like Shahid Afridi, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson and Chris Gayle instead they chose a blend of young blood, talent, experience and good players.
Salman Iqbal bought Karachi Kings for $26 million for ten years, $2.6 million per year. He is very enthusiastic and optimistic about the upcoming league.
The captain of Karachi is Shoaib Malik. He is the former captain of Pakistan and he brought his team in the finals of the first edition of T20 world cup 2007. He is also captaining Pakistani domestic circuit team Sialkot Stallions from many years and has won the title in different tournaments several times.
According to the rules the total cap for first 16 players in five categories was $985,000 and total cap for 20 men squad was $1.1 million. Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators picked 19 players in their available slot of $1.1 million unlike others.
Karachi’s first nine picks from the Platinum, Diamond and Gold categories:
Teams had to pick five players from Silver category and Karachi selected:
Teams had to pick two players from Emerging category, thus Kings extracted:
Supplementary picks by Karachi Kings are:
The full squad of Karachi Kings
- Shoaib Malik (C)
- Shakib ul Hasan (BAN)
- Sohail Tanvir
- Imad Wasim
- Ravi Bopara (ENG)
- Lendl Simmons (WI)
- Mohammad Aamir
- Bilawal Bhatti
- James Vince (ENG)
- Iftikhar Ahmad
- Nauman Anwar
- Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN)
- Usama Mir
- Sohail Khan
- Mir Hamza
- Saifullah Bangash
- Tillakaratne Dilshan
- Shahzaib Hassan
- Fawad Alam
Management and Coaching Staff
- South Africa Mickey Arthur (Head Coach)
- Pakistan Mushtaq Ahmed (Bowling Coach)