Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings is a professional T20 cricket franchise from Pakistan which plays in Pakistan Super League PSL cricket league. They are playing the tournament since its first season in 2015 and are also the PSL 5 champions. They represent the capital city of Sindh and their home ground is National Stadium Karachi.

Karachi Kings

Many famous former international players are part of Karachi’s franchise. Peter Moores is their current head coach while Wasim Akram is their president and mentor. Dougie Brown is King’s bowling coach. Talking about their top players, Muhammad Amir is leading wicket taker while Babar Azam is leading run scorer for the side.

Ownership History

Salman Iqbal is the owner of Karachi Kings. The franchise was sold to ARY Media Group in 2015 for US$26 million with ten years contract. As per the amount, it was the most expensive franchise of the PSL at that team, later Multan Sultans replaced them as the most expensive franchise.

Team Identity and Sponsors

The team logo and name was revealed by the owner Salman Iqbal in December 2015. The logo shows a roaring lion with the team name written below. Karachi Kings primary colors are blue and golden. There are many sponsors of this franchise which are listed below.

YearKit MakersShirt Sponsor (Front)Shirt Sponsor (Back)Front BrandingSleeve Branding
2016AJ SportsBahria TownSummit BankThe ArkadiansOye Hoye Chips/K-Electric/ Shield/Igloo Ice-cream
2017Bridge Power BatteriesOye Hoye Chips/Shield/Tapal Tea
2018NurpurBrighto Paints/Imtiaz super market/Shield
2019TUCScene on!Cadbury Dairy MilkImtiaz Super Market/Inverex/Rooh Afza
2020ARY LagunaQMobileSurf ExcelImtiaz Super Market/Mughal Steel/ARY Laguna
2021Hashmi IspagholPepsiImtiaz Super Market/Mughal Steel/ME Body Spray
2022PSO Carient Motor OilBankIslamiImtiaz Super Market/Mughal Steel/Bona Papa

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Karachi Kings PSL History

PSL 1 2016

Karachi started their campaign in the tournament with a win against Lahore Qalandars. Muhammad Amir also got a hat-trick during this match. Later they performed very poorly and only managed to win one match after it. They finished at 4th place on the points table with 4 points by winning 2 out of 8 group stage matches.

They still managed to qualify for the play-offs where they faced Islamabad United in the eliminator match and lost, ending their journey in the first season.

  • Coach: Mickey Arthur
  • Captain: Shoaib Malik
  • Most Runs: Ravi Bopara (329)
  • Most Wickets: Ravi Bopara (11)

PSL 2 2017

Kumar Sangakkara along with the Babar Azam joined the Karachi Kings team for the second season while Azhar Mehmood also signed as the coach. They finished at 3rd place on the points table with 8 points as they won 4 out of 8 matches during the group stage.

They got qualified for the play-offs stage and faced Islamabad United during the qualifier match and won. In the second eliminator match, they came across Peshawar Zalmi but lost from them and ended their tournament at 3rd place.

  • Coach: Mickey Arthur
  • Captain: Kumar Sangakkara
  • Most Runs: Babar Azam (291)
  • Most Wickets: Sohail Khan (16)

PSL 3 2018

Karachi Kings changed their captain before the start of 3rd season as Imad Wasim was named for the top spot by replacing Kumar Sangakkara. Shahid Afridi also joined the team as senior player and president. Karachi finished at 3rd spot on the points table after the group stage as they managed to win 5 out of 10 matches and 1 match rendered no result.

After that, they qualified for the play-offs stage where they faced Islamabad United in the first match. They beat United to play the next eliminator match against Peshawar Zalmi, in this season again they lost to them and in this way their tournament was ended.

  • Coach: Mickey Arthur
  • Captain: Imad Wasim
  • Most Runs: Babar Azam (402)
  • Most Wickets: Usman Shinwari (18)

PSL 4 2019

Imad Wasim was retained as the captain of the side for this season also. They started their campaign on a good note by beating Multan Sultans by 7 runs. They managed to win 5 out of 10 group matches and ended up on 4th place on the points table with 10 points.

They again qualified for the play-offs stage and faced Islamabad United in the eliminator match and lost to them by 4 wickets. This loss ended their run in the tournament.

  • Coach: Mickey Arthur
  • Captain: Imad Wasim
  • Most Runs: Babar Azam (473)
  • Most Wickets: Mohammad Amir (10)

PSL 5 2020

Many of the players were retained along with the captain Imad Wasim. Karachi started off good by beating Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs in the opening match but later lost to Quetta Gladiators in the second match. They finished at second place with 11 points in the group stage as they managed to win 5 out of 10 matches and 1 match was tied.

They got qualified for the play-offs stage and faced Multan Sultans in the qualifier match, they beat Sultans by 2 wickets in a close contest and reached finals. In the final match, they beat Lahore Qalandars by 5 wickets to become the champions and lift the PSL trophy for the first time.

PSL 6 2021

In this season, Kings changed their coach and responsibilities were handed over to the former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs. The defending champions started their run in the tournament with a win over Quetta Gladiators. They managed to win 5 out of 10 group matches and finished at 4th place on the points table with 10 points.

They got the chance to play in the eliminator match but lost to Peshawar Zalmi by 5 wickers and got eliminated from the tournament.

PSL 7 2022

This season proved to be an absolute disaster for the Karachi Kings. They only managed to win 1 match against Lahore Qalandars. In remaining 9 matches, they were on the losing side. Karachi finished at bottom of the points table with only 2 points.

PSL 8 2023

The latest season of Pakistan Super League is scheduled to be played in February, March 2023. The draft will take place December this year.

Karachi Kings Players 2023

  • Sharjeel Khan
  • Imad Wasim
  • Aamer Yamin
  • Qasim Akram
  • Shoaib Malik
  • Mohammad Amir
  • Mir Hamza

Karachi Kings Player Statistics

Most Runs

PlayerYearsMatchesInningsRunsAvg.HS10050
Babar Azam2017-20235654205544.6790*021
Colin Ingram2018-2021282661330.65127*12
Ravi Bopara2016-2019312857528.7571*03
Sharjeel Khan2020-2023232255426.3810512
Imad Wasim2016-2023594554118.035001
Leading Run Scorer and Current Captain of the Karachi Kings, Babar Azam

Most Wickets

PlayerYearsMatchesWicketsAvg.BBIEconSR4W5W
Mohammad Amir2016-2023595429.594/257.3814.020
Imad Wasim2016-2023593634.583/187.0529.400
Usman Shinwari2017–2019273524.654/158.5015.220
Sohail Khan2016–2017; 2019192225.093/238.1918.300
Umer Khan2019–2020171920.893/227.7816.100

Karachi Kings Result Record

Overall

YearPWonLossT&WT&LNRSR(%)PositionSummary
201692700022.224/5Play-offs
2017105500050.003/5Play-offs
2018125501150.003/6Play-offs
2019115600045.454/6Play-offs
2020126410158.331/6Champions
2021115600045.454/6Play-offs
2022101900010.006/6League-stage
Total75294211238.67%1 Time
Champion

Head-to-Head

OppositionSpanMatWonLostT&WT&LNRSR%
Islamabad United2016-20231661000037.50
Lahore Qalandars2016-2023138401065.38
Multan Sultans2018-2023104310264.28
Peshawar Zalmi2016-20231551000033.33
Quetta Gladiators2018-2023125700041.66

Management/Coaching Staff and Captains

NamePosition
Salman IqbalOwner
Peter MooresHead coach
Wasim AkramPresident and Mentor
Dougie BrownBowling coach
Tariq WasiCEO & Team Manager
Navaid RasheedVP Operations
Shehzad Hassan KhanHead of Marketing
Faisal MirzaTeam Media Manager
Ibrahim QureshiFitness Trainer

Captains

No.PlayerFromToMatWonLostT&WT&LNR%
1Shoaib Malik2016201682600025.00
2Ravi Bopara2016201610100000.00
3Kumar Sangakkara20172017105500050.00
4Imad Wasim2018202141201702253.84
5Eoin Morgan2018201831200033.33
6Mohammad Amir2018201810100000.00
8Babar Azam202020201010000.00
9Babar Azam20222023101900010.00

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