Babar Azam, Pakistan’s all-format captain, is expected to take over as coach of the Karachi Kings in the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). According to reports, Babar will take over as captain of the franchise for Imad Wasim.
Although it has not yet been officially announced, the Karachi Kings social media team hinted at a major announcement last night. It remains to be seen what they actually say, but ProPakistani believes it will be about the captaincy change.
Babar has been a member of the Karachi Kings squad since the second edition of the PSL and has been the league’s most prolific scorer not only for the franchise but also for the league as a whole. Babar previously played for Islamabad United in the inaugural season of the tournament, but he was only able to play two games before being traded to Karachi Kings the following season.
The 27-year-old was the PSL 5’s leading run-scorer, with 473 runs scored at an average of 59.12 in 11 innings. He was instrumental in his team’s championship campaign and was named tournament player of the year.
In PSL history, the flamboyant batter has amassed 2,070 runs at an average of 43.12 and a strike rate of 121.55 in 56 innings.
Babar was named captain of the national team last year and has since been outstanding in terms of both leadership and performance. He recently led Pakistan to their first T20 World Cup semi-final since 2012 and was named captain of the ICC’s most valuable team of the tournament.
Imad’s three-year captaincy reign will come to an end with the announcement of Babar as the new captain of the Karachi Kings. Imad is Karachi’s most successful captain since the league’s inception, having led the team to their only PSL 5 title.