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    PSL 2018 Team Preview : Karachi Kings, the perennial under-performers




    If the winner of PSL could be decided on the basis of big names then a team featuring the likes of the master entertainer Shahid Afridi, the world-class Mohammad Amir and former holder of ICC’s Number One ranking as a T20I bowler Imad Wasim would be the simple choice as champions of the upcoming PSL 3.

    However, if the past is any guide, we all know that being good on paper or TV cameras is not a guarantee of future success as Karachi Kings have experienced in the past 2 editions of the Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 tournament.

    In the inaugural edition of the PSL in 2016, Karachi Kings flattered to deceive and ended up 4th, whilst in the 2017 edition they improved their position to 3rd. A slight improvement one would say but in a tournament with just 6 teams, could this be a sign of better showing in PSL 3?

    Whilst gazing into a crystal ball is sometimes a better indicator of predicting winners in T20 games, it would be instructive to have a detailed look at the Karachi Kings’ potential match winners to get an idea of how things could go for the team representing Pakistan’s largest city.

    To start with, a lot is expected from Shahid Afridi who has ‘returned’ to Karachi after a stint with Peshawar Zalmi in the past editions of the tournament. He brings with him a promise of full stadia and when in the mood, lots of big shots but what Karachi Kings need from him is application of experience which could turn tight games in their favour. Boom Boom will be expected to go large and do what Chris Gayle could not do in the previous competition for Karachi.

    In Imad Wasim, Karachi have a leader who is not afraid to take the game to the opposition but also has the ability to turn the game on its head with the bat and the ball. Whether being entrusted with captaincy could either bring out the best in him or could destroy his game, only time will tell but all indications are that Imad is the man for the job.

    With Babar Azam, another top name in T20 cricket and the dependable Ravi Bopara who never fails to amaze with his all-round skills, and Colin Ingram who was part of the BBL 7 Champions’ Adelaide Strikers squad, Karachi will be hoping for some fireworks in the batting department to get them the scores which the bowling attack can defend with ease.

    Shahid Afridi armed with his evergreen leg-spin skills and Mohammad Amir who seems to be enjoying bowling in T20s will be accompanied by a number of very able bowling options in the Karachi line-up. These include Usman Khan Shinwari who replaced Amir with some success during the ODI series against Sri Lanka last year and another T20 specialist in the form of Tymal Mills or even Tabish Khan who many will be eager to see perform in a top-level tournament such as the PSL. Usama Mir and Mohammad Irfan jr. are also likely to feature in some games, especially if the well-known names fail to perform to the level that is expected.

    Karachi Kings have assembled a squad which can take them far but given past history of equally good squads in the past, one would be well advised to refrain from forecasting glory. A runners-up position in the final standing of PSL 2018 would be an achievement but then this is T20 cricket and anything can happen, including an epic win in front of doting Karachi fans in the PSL final!

    Prediction: If all goes well, a 2nd place in the PSL 2018

    Player to watch: Usama Mir – a good showing in this tournament could do wonders for his confidence and future prospects!

    Karachi Kings Squad for PSL 2018: Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Colin Ingram, Imad Wasim (c), Babar Azam, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Rizwan, Ravi Bopara, Joe Denly, Usman Shinwari, Usama Mir, Khurram Manzoor, David Wiese, Tabish Khan, Mohammad Irfan jr., Hasan Mohsin, Mohammad Taha, Mushtaq Ahmed Kalhoro.

    Supplementary: Lendl Simmons, Eoin Morgan, Saifullah Bangash.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 11th February 2018 at 15:32.


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    I think they are pretty light on the batting front. Just found 5 genuine batsmen in this side, which includes Rizwan and Khurram Manzoor. Unless Babar and Ingram have a great tournament and Khurram Manzoor turns out to be a surprise package, I see it very hard for them to post 160+ most of the times.

    But then again, the question is that will the pitches be good enough to score 160+ all the time.

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    Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal on Wednesday claimed that upto 98 per cent of foreign cricketers are ready to come to Pakistan for the playoffs and finals of the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL).

    The country's flagship T20 league, which kicks off on Feb 22, will see its playoffs and the final played in Lahore and Karachi respectively.

    Foreign players, in the past, have shown great reluctance in visiting Pakistan owing to the country’s volatile security conditions.

    However, that reluctance waned significantly in 2017 when a bunch of international players visited Pakistan, first for the PSL final and then for the World XI vs Pakistan series.

    Later in the year, Sri Lanka also visited Pakistan, reiterating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s stance that the situation in Pakistan is now under control and conducive for cricket.

    Kings owner Iqbal, during the launching ceremony of the team's official kit, delivered more good news to Pakistani cricket fans, saying that all the foreigners on his team’s roster have agreed to travel to Pakistan if their team qualifies

    "Six of our seven players are ready to come and play in Pakistan [from the beginning]. Eoin Morgan, who has commitments to other leagues, [is the sole exception]. He will be coming late and will be leaving early."

    "This is good news for all of us that players have agreed to come here and we hope everything stays well," he added.

    Iqbal claimed that other franchises have had similar success in convincing their international talent to play in Pakistan, saying: "Overall, 98pc of the players have agreed to come to Lahore and Karachi. Some are left and hopefully they will also agree soon."

    Iqbal also commented on the selection of the franchise’s captain, Imad Wasim, explaining why the team chose a newcomer such as him to lead the side when far more experienced players options were available.

    "In the last two seasons, we changed captains several times so now the management has decided that there should be a young captain who can stay with us for a long and can prove to be helpful, not only for us but for the national team too," he said.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1387939/98...l-salman-iqbal

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    They actually made the play offs in both seasons so far but were dreadful to watch in the majority of the games so didn't deserve to be. A 6th team is good as it's less likely a non-deserving team will make it that far. I'm looking forward to see Afridi play for Karachi Kings.

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    They had a good squad in PSL1- possibly the best, but just couldn’t get it right
    Second year I believe their squad was highly overrated and they did well to get as far as they did
    This year they looked like a very strong unit and definitely contenders, but lack of availability and injuries has hurt their chances
    They will make the playoffs, but don’t expect them to win

    As for Usama Mir I don’t think he will get much opportunities this year, Afridi will play as the leg spinner and Imad Wasim will be the other spinner
    If Imad wasn’t captain Usama probably had more chance of being selected

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    Lala will change that tag.

    team has No. 1 ranked batsman and t20 atg plus Amir. Will be surprised if they don't reach knockouts.

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    Will finish 3rd this time again.


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    Is Tymal Mills better than Johnson, imo he is


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    Quote Originally Posted by UN talkz View Post
    Is Tymal Mills better than Johnson, imo he is
    He was one of the worst bowlers of the last BBL, and Johnson is one of the best bowlers of BBL history. Tymal is overrated, did nothing special in last Psl and Ipl as well.

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    Prediction: 4th place in the PSL 2018, They've got some match winners and consistent players in the team, But their team is still unsettled and their game plans have failed most of the times in Psl, and they probably have 2nd worst win/loss record after Lahore.

    Player to watch: Khurram Manzoor – He's looking like an ideal opener for the modern Limited overs cricket in the ongoing tournament. Scoring centuries after centuries at a very impressive strike rate. Hopefully he carries that form into Psl and impresses everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Karachi Kings owner Salman Iqbal on Wednesday claimed that upto 98 per cent of foreign cricketers are ready to come to Pakistan for the playoffs and finals of the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL).

    How many foreign players are there in KK, five? So 4 and 3/4ths players are ready to come? Or was he talking about all foreigners? Still sounds like a number pulled out of nowhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueDoritos View Post

    Player to watch: Khurram Manzoor – He's looking like an ideal opener for the modern Limited overs cricket in the ongoing tournament. Scoring centuries after centuries at a very impressive strike rate. Hopefully he carries that form into Psl and impresses everyone.
    He's almost 32 but of he can be beneficial in a Sharjeel type role for a few years. However we can't really read too much into those numbers as we have seen how the likes of Kakmal, Shehzad, Masood etc have been bossing the local scene. I would rather go with someone young and untested who has the potential to serve Pak cricket in the long term.

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    Starting line up:

    Babar
    Khurram
    Ingram
    Rizwan
    Bopara
    Afridi
    Imad
    Weise
    Amir
    Tymal
    Kalhoro

    They'll be good to go with this line up.
    Usama Mir and Usman Shinwari will be in rotation, if they perform well they'll be first choice. Bopara was useless last season so if he fails in First few matches, Denly should replace him in the starting line up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadBall View Post
    He's almost 32 but of he can be beneficial in a Sharjeel type role for a few years. However we can't really read too much into those numbers as we have seen how the likes of Kakmal, Shehzad, Masood etc have been bossing the local scene. I would rather go with someone young and untested who has the potential to serve Pak cricket in the long term.
    Kakmal = performed well, given several chances over the years, failed to perform again and again.

    Shehzad = he's been declining since 2015. Highly inconsistent, can't play with good strike rate, and failed in several Limited overs games in the last couple of years.

    Masood = shouldn't be part of the modern Limited overs cricket team because he doesn't have power game. He's similar to Azhar.

    Khurram= Never got a proper run in the limited overs team, especially Odis, when he's been THE best opener in the domestic cricket for several years. He has worked on his power game and he's played several great knocks at high strike rates while maintaining a very high career List-A average as an opener. His career strike rate is not that high because he used to play at normal strike rate, but he clearly have improved his strike rate in the last 2-3 years. His domestic List A numbers are better than Kakmal, Shehzad etc. So he deserves a chance as well when we gave chances to others.

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    They are one of the favourites for the competition. There bowling attack is really strong. Will be fascinated to see how Imad leads the side.

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    Great analysis! Imad being given captaincy is a very forward-thinking move and hopefully serves karachi kings very well. Hopefully they reach the finals and even though im not the biggest afridi fan, i hope he performs well with the bat and gives fans in the UAE and pak more incentive to go see the games live.

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    3rd position at max


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    Babar.
    Denly.
    Ingram.
    Rizwan.
    Bopara.
    Mohsin.
    Afridi.
    Imad.
    Amir.
    Mills.
    Shinwari.

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    Batsmen kahan hain bhai ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarfarazian92 View Post
    Batsmen kahan hain bhai ?
    #1 T20I batsman in the world alongside , and .

    What more do you need?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    #1 T20I batsman in the world alongside , and .

    What more do you need?
    Aek ath Pollard hota tou kya hi baat thi


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    Minnows like KK cannot “underperform”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    #1 T20I batsman in the world alongside , and .

    What more do you need?
    (T20 ka Ahmed Shehzad 2.0), (fraud #1), (tailender), and .

    We need a new team
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 11th February 2018 at 00:16.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarfarazian92 View Post
    (T20 ka Ahmed Shehzad 2.0), (fraud #1), (tailender), and .

    We need a new team
    Yeah but we have the kind of support that other teams don't have.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarfarazian92 View Post
    (T20 ka Ahmed Shehzad 2.0), (fraud #1), (tailender), and (Rashid Latif ki ******).

    We need a new team
    (Future GOAT), (ATG hitter), (World-class all-rounder), (...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Yeah but we have the kind of support that other teams don't have.

    Lol KK might flop once more but all is good as long as Salman Iqbal is getting them $$$


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    (Future GOAT), (ATG hitter), (World-class all-rounder), (...)
    The chances of Babar becoming a goat are immensely greater than his chances of becoming a GOAT


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    Afridi has been a failure as captain in domestic t20 tournaments. That’s not gonna change. Suspect he will have a falling out with Mickey Arthur

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Rose View Post
    Afridi has been a failure as captain in domestic t20 tournaments. That’s not gonna change. Suspect he will have a falling out with Mickey Arthur
    Imad captain hai boss


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarfarazian92 View Post
    The chances of Babar becoming a goat are immensely greater than his chances of becoming a GOAT
    I have high hopes that he will become one of Pakistan's greatest ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarfarazian92 View Post
    Imad captain hai boss
    Chalo. Half right then potentially. Afridi to mix it up with Arthur

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    Batting looks a bit weak to be honest.

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    The team does look little light in batting. Bowling looks strong. Mills though bowling quick in BBL was extremely wayward in most of the games.

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    Karachi and Quetta will flop miserably IMO and crash out in the group stages.

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    Man some of these teams just have invested in the right areas and gone overdose on the areas that didn't need strengthing

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    Quote Originally Posted by msb314 View Post
    Karachi and Quetta will flop miserably IMO and crash out in the group stages.
    And why you think so? In my opinion its the best team after Islamabad. They locals players are solid, Aamir, Babar, Afridi, Imad and Shinwari. No other team has this much solid local players.

    To me Zalmi and Gladiators looks weak.


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    I wish Morgan was in the main squad instead of supplementary. Fantastic player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AssassinatedDevil View Post
    I wish Morgan was in the main squad instead of supplementary. Fantastic player.
    Morgan will play 2 or 3 games at max that's why he is a supplementary player, he will be on national duty most of the time during PSL


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    Foreign supplementary players could play all games. Only local supp players cant play unless someone get injured.


    Plz don’t bring politics into sports!

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    Bopara and Afridi in lower middle order is what is the main problem for Karachi unless Lala opens the batting, Eoin Morgan is a brilliant pick but will play only last few games, hope he comes to Pakistan for play offs if Karachi qualify


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    Afridi better perform in a lot of the games if he wants to justify all this hype about him "returning to Karachi". I don't see him keeping up with youngsters anymore unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UN talkz View Post
    Bopara and Afridi in lower middle order is what is the main problem for Karachi unless Lala opens the batting, Eoin Morgan is a brilliant pick but will play only last few games, hope he comes to Pakistan for play offs if Karachi qualify
    Doubt Morgan would go Pakistan, he didn't even go to Bangladesh.

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    Excited to see Karachi play tonight

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    I think Karachi will do well today

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    Quetta are gonna win this, no jinx can save Karachi


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    Khurram batting as opener

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    Quote Originally Posted by AssassinatedDevil View Post
    Khurram batting as opener
    I got mad as soon as I saw the XI. His performance today was expected. Trash player.

    Meanwhile someone like Usama who is a regular was dropped. Was on my fantasy team.

    What is Mickey doing?

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    Kings are really boring.

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