Karachi Kings Background
Karachi kings Competes in Pakistan Super League and is owned by ARY Media Group. Mr Salman Iqbal is the proud owner of Karachi Kings.
Karachi Kings Owner
Karachi kings was sold for US$26 million for a ten-year period making it the most expensive franchise in PSL. Later on, Multan Sultan became the most expensive franchise and was sold for US$41.6 million for an eight-year agreement.
Karachi Kings as the name suggests is a Karachi Based team, with National Cricket Stadium as their home ground. But Just Like Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings haven’t got any chance to play in their home ground yet.
The coach of current Pakistan National Team Squad Mickey Arthur is the coach of Karachi Kings.
|Salman Iqbal (ARY Group)||Owner|
|Mickey Arthur||Head coach|
|Azhar Mahmood||Assistant coach|
|Mohammad Masroor||Fielding Coach|
So far Muhammad Amir has been the pick of bowlers for Karachi Kings, he has the most number of wickets for his team.
Babar Azam is the highest runs scorer for Karachi Kings.
Ravi Bopara has been there for Karachi Kings from the start.
As Karachi Kings was the most expensive team of PSL and represented the biggest city of Pakistan, It was hoped that Karachi Kings will be among the top teams.
But like in the case of Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings couldn’t get going and hasn’t reached to Finals yet.
Their record has been better than Lahore Qalandars, comparing both teams will be injustice to Karachi Kings,
The point here is that both of these teams couldn’t live upto their expectations.
Karachi Kings 2019 Squad for PSL 4
|No.||Name||Nat.||Birth date||Bat||Bowl||Contract signed year||Notes|
|Awais Zia||1 September 1986||L||R off break||2019|
|Iftikhar Ahmed||3 September 1990||R||R off break||2019|
|Colin Munro||11 March 1987||L||R medium||2019||Overseas|
|Colin Ingram||3 July 1985||L||R leg spin||2019||Overseas|
|Sikandar Raza||24 April 1986||R||R off break||2019||Overseas|
|Babar Azam||15 October 1994||R||R off spin||2019|
|Imad Wasim||18 November 1988||L||slow L orthodox||2019||Captain|
|Ali Imran||25 February 1998||R||R medium||2019|
|Ravi Bopara||4 May 1985||R||R medium fast||2019||Overseas|
|Liam Livingstone||4 August 1993||R||R leg break||2019||Overseas|
|Aamer Yamin||26 June 1990||R||R medium||2019|
|Jaahid Ali||3 May 1995||R||R off break||2019|
|Mohammad Rizwan||1 June 1992||R||—||2019|
|Ben Dunk||11 March 1987||L||R off break||2019||Overseas|
|Mohammad Amir||13 April 1992||L||L fast||2019|
|Aaron Summers||24 March 1996||R||R fast||2019||Overseas|
|Usman Khan||1 May 1994||R||L medium fast||2019|
|Sohail Khan||6 March 1984||R||R fast||2019|
|Usama Mir||23 December 1995||R||R leg spin||2019|
|Abrar Ahmed||16 October 1998||L||L leg break||2019|
Karachi Kings performance in Season 1 of PSL
In the very first season of PSL, Karachi Kings kicked off in style. They played their first game against their arch rivals, Lahore Qalandars.
M Amir took a hattrick in that game and Karachi Kings won the game comfortably. But after that, Karachi Kings couldn’t get on track.
They won only 2 of their group stage games, and Lost 6 games. They equalized Lahore Qalandars on points table, but they had better strike rate that’s why they reached to Play-offs.
Ravi Bopara replaced Shoaib Malik as the captain just before their match against Islamabad United at play-off stage.
Karachi Kings then made the lowest total of their season 111 runs. Islamabad won that man easily in 15th over. And Karachi Kings were knocked out in Play-offs.
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Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League 2
In the next season of pakistan Super League, Karachi Kings came in with supposedly the best team combination.
They added Babar Azam to their side. Kumar Sangakara, Chris Gayle were also added to the team. On Paper Karachi Kings were the best team of this season.
The team also added nine players to the squad including Keron Pollard and Mahila Jaywardne. Karachi Kings started this time with a loss.
In their very first game they posted 118 on the board that was easily chased by Peshawar Zalmis. The next game was with Quetta Gladiators.
In that game Karachi Kings couldn’t defend 160 runs target. Then the tournament moved to Sharjah. But the fate remained the same for karachi Kings.
They lost a close game from their arch-rivals Lahore Qalandars. Shoaib Malik and Kumar Sangakara put a good partnership in this game of over 100 but that wasn’t enough to win the game.
After losing their first three matches. Fans were furious. Karachi Kings had their next match with the defending champions Islamabad United.
Karachi managed to win that match with luck favoring them. They won over duckworth-lewis Method after the rain interrupted the match.
Karachi Kings needed that win badly. Karachi kept on winning their next match as well against Peshawar Zalmi. They posted a good total of 175 runs, In the chase Peshawar were 69-6, then the big players, Sammi and Afridi came and almost took the game away from the jaws of Karachi Kings.
Karachi bounced back in last few overs and managed to win this close game by just 9 runs. As the tournament shifted back to Dubai.
Karachi lost their winning streak of two matches. The lost their next game to Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings posted a decent total of 155.
Quetta in chase lost three wickets in one over but still managed to get over the line. Karachi Kings were on the last place on points table again.
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The next game was one of the most thrilling game of Pakistan Super League history so far. It was between arch rivals Lahore Qalandars and karachi Kings.
And it was a must win game for both of the teams. The winners would have great chances to go to play-offs. Lahore posted a decent total and bowled well till the 17th over.
They managed to get wickets at the right time. Now the game was in last over. Karachi needed 10 runs of last two balls. Keron Pollard was at the facing end.
Big man had not impressed much in the tournament so far. But he hit the last two balls for back to back sixes and took the victory from the jaws of Lahore Qalandars.
Karachi kings now had to keep good run rate to get through. In the next game against Islamabad United they got the target of 124 in 15 overs.
But to get to the play-offs they needed 111 runs. Gayle provided the start with 44 of just 17 balls the Pollard took the team over the line with a thrilling finish.
Karachi Kings were through to play-offs by the slightest of the margins. In their play-off game Karachi faced Islamabad United again.
Karachi only managed to get 126 runs in their 20 overs. Islamabad were supposed to win this comfortably but that was not the case.
Karachi outshined Islamabad with M Amir, Imad Wasim and Usama Mir all getting 3 wickets. Islamabad United were all out at 82.
Islamabad United were knocked out and Karachi went on to play eliminator 2 and lost it.
Karachi Kings performance in season 3
In the 3rd season of PSL the biggest superstar in Pakistan Cricket joined Karachi Kings. And Karachi Kings won first three of their matches easily.
First they won against Peshawar Zalmi. Then they broke Quetta Gladiators unbeaten streak against them. The 3rd match they won was against Lahore Qalandars.
Karachi posted a healthy total of 159. In reply Qalandars were superb in their first six overs.
They were 68-1. Then the famous collapse of Qalandars happened, Shahid Afridi took three wickets in no time and Karachi managed to get over the line.
As the game progressed the winning streak of Karachi Kings ended against Islamabad united. Karachi had a good run.
They got eliminated in the second eliminator match played in Lahore against Peshawar Zalmis. Karachi won 5 and lost 6 games in this season of PSL. They again ended up third on points table.
karachi Kings VS other teams
karachi Kings Predictions for PSL 2019
For the upcoming season of PSL 2019. Karachi Kings are criticized for their bad choices in the drafts session. But to our analysis, Karachi Kings is still one of the strongest teams in PSL.
The lights of Colin Monroe and Colin Ingram and Babar Azam provide great stability to batting and Ravi Bopara and Imad Wasim are great allrounders.
In balling M Amir, Sohail Khan and Usama Mir are capable of restricting teams to small totals. We wish best of luck to Karachi Kings for this season.
This time the final of PSL is set to be in Karachi. And their can’t be a bigger treat for Karachi fans If there favorite team plays in front of them and win the title.