Karachi Kings

Karachi Kings (Urdu: کراچی کنگز‎; Sindhi: ڪراچي ڪنگز‎) (abbreviated as KK) is a Pakistani professional franchise Twenty20 cricket team that competes in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team is based in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh, Pakistan.[1] The team was formed in 2015, as a result of the formation of the Pakistan Super League by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The team's home ground is National Stadium. The team is currently captained by Imad Wasim,[2] and was coached by Dean Jones,[3] until his sudden death on 24 September 2020.[4] They won their first PSL title in PSL V after beating the Lahore Qalandars on 17 November 2020.

Karachi Kings
کراچی کنگز
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Nickname(s)Yeh Hai Karachi (lit. This is Karachi)
CaptainPakistan Imad Wasim
CoachSouth Africa Herschelle Gibbs
OwnerPakistan Salman Iqbal
Team information
CityKarachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Founded2015; 6 years ago (2015)
Home groundNational Stadium
PSL wins1 (2020)
Official websitekarachikings.com.pk
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T20 kit

The leading run-scorer for the side is Babar Azam,[5] while Mohammad Amir is the leading wicket-taker.[6]

Franchise historyEdit

On 3 December 2015, the PCB unveiled the owners of five city-based franchises.[7] The Karachi franchise was sold to the ARY Media Group for US$26 million for a ten-year period making it the most expensive franchise in the tournament.[8] However, in 2017, new franchise Multan Sultans replaced Karachi Kings as the most expensive team in PSL history after the team was sold for US$41.6 million for an eight-year agreement.[9]

2016 seasonEdit

Ravi Bopara was the player of the tournament, after achieving high batting and bowling performances.

The Kings kicked off their campaign with an easy win against the Lahore Qalandars at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, with Mohammad Amir getting a hat-trick.[10]

The Kings only won one more match during the group stage of the tournament, finishing with two wins and six losses. They finished fourth in the league table however, above Lahore Qalandars with a better head-to-head record, and qualified for the league play-off stage.

Ravi Bopara replaced Shoaib Malik as the team captain ahead of the qualifier match against Islamabad United.[11] After being restricted to their lowest score of the tournament (111), Karachi were defeated by nine wickets in the 15th over and were eliminated from the tournament.[12]

2017 seasonEdit

Kumar Sangakkara and Babar Azam joined Karachi for the second season of the PSL whilst Azhar Mehmood signed on as a coach. Sohail Tanvir was traded for Chris Gayle of the Lahore Qalandars during the off-season trade window.[13] During the 2017 PSL players draft, Karachi retained Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan, Saifullah Bangash, and Shahzaib Hasan. The team added nine players to the squad, including Kieron Pollard, Mahela Jayawardena and Ryan McLaren.[14]

In their first game, Karachi Kings lost to Peshawar Zalmi by 7 wickets in a one-sided affair that saw them post a target of just 118 runs in their 20 overs.[15] In the following game, against the Quetta Gladiators, the Kings failed to defend 160 and lost by 7 wickets yet again.[16] Even as the tournament progressed to Sharjah, the Kings continued their losing streak. Facing a loss this time to arch-rivals, Lahore Qalandars. The match was closely fought and a partnership of 101 runs between veterans Kumar Sangakkara and Shoaib Malik almost won it for the Kings. But in the end they fell short of the target of 180 by 7 runs.[17] But in the next game, against defending champions Islamabad United. The team finally managed to put themselves on the points table. The win came through the Duckworth-Lewis method as the Kings were ahead of the par score by 8 runs when returning rain forced to abandon the already 13-over match.[18] In their final game of the Sharjah leg, the Kings continued their winning streak to get past Peshawar Zalmi in a thrilling contest. Setting up a target of 175, the Kings had the Zalmis reduced to 69-6 before Shahid Afridi and Darren Sammy combined in a 70-run partnership that almost won the game for the Zalmis. However, the Kings' bowling prevailed in the end to give their team a 9-run victory.[19]

As the tournament moved back to Dubai, the Kings couldn't continue their winning streak and lost to table-toppers, Quetta Gladiators, by 6 wickets. Batting first, the Kings set a target of 155 runs, which they were unable to defend despite a 3-wicket-over from pacer Sohail Khan. This loss pushed the Karachi Kings to the bottom of the table once again.[20] However, in the next game, which had become a must-win for both participating teams, the Kings managed to prevail over their rivals the Lahore Qalandars in a thrilling last-ball finish. Chasing 156, the team required 10 runs from the last two balls, which Kieron Pollard surpassed with back-to-back sixes to keep his team alive in the tournament.[21]

Karachi then had to protect their net run rate in the very next league match, against Islamabad United, to qualify for the eliminator. In a rain-marred game, restricted to 15-overs-a-side, they were set a target of 124 by Islamabad and they had to score at least 111 runs to qualify for the eliminator. Gayle set the tempo through his blitzing knock of 44 off a mere 17 balls. The game was superbly finished by none other than Pollard himself on the second last ball of the match via a boundary. Gayle's knock and Pollard's finishing helped Karachi win this encounter against Islamabad.

Consequently, Karachi again faced Islamabad in the eliminator. In what proved to be a thrilling game, Karachi, batting first, scored a measly 126 getting all out in the process. Islamabad was set to win and qualify for the second play off. However, that was not the case as the second innings proved. The Karachi bowlers outshone the Islamabad bowlers with Muhammad Amir, Imad Wasim and Usama Mir each picking up three wickets. Islamabad were all out for a mere 82 runs, their lowest in the tournament and the second-lowest in the tournament's history.[22] Hence, the defending champions were knocked out and Karachi lived another day in the tournament and qualified for the second play-off.[23]

2018 seasonEdit

Shahid Afridi joined the team as president and player for 2018.

On 7 April 2017 Shahid Afridi joined the team as president and player, and left Peshawar Zalmi.[24] Mitchell Johson was replaced by Tymal Mills as he pulled out from the tournament a month before 2018 season. In their opening match of the 2018 season, Kings ended the two-season losing streak against Quetta Gladiators by beating them by 19 runs.[25] In their next game, the Kings continued their winning form by beating the defending champions, Peshawar Zalmi, in a closely fought game. Chasing a target of 132 runs, the team won with 2 balls and 5 wickets to spare.[26] Their next game was against arch-rivals, Lahore Qalandars.[27][28] Batting first, the Kings posted 159 for 9 on the board thanks to Bopara's unbeaten innings of 50 runs. In reply, the Qalandars got off to a great start, and were 68 for 1 inside 6 overs, but 3 quick wickets from man of the match, Shahid Afridi, ensured a third consecutive win for his side as the Qalandars fell short by 27 runs.[29] The Kings got eliminated in the match second eliminator match played at Lahore on 21 March 2018 against Peshawar Zalmi.[30]

As the league progressed to Sharjah, the Kings' game against Multan Sultans was washed out due to persistent rain.[31] In the next game, against Islamabad United, the team's unbeaten run in the season was ended. Batting first, the Kings posted the highest target in Sharjah that year - 154 runs - before failing to defend it and losing the match by 8 wickets.[32]

2019 seasonEdit

Before the 2019 season, Wasim Akram joined the franchise as president.[33]

2020 seasonEdit

In PSL V, Karachi Kings reached the finals for the first time in PSL history after defeating the Multan Sultans in the qualifier match that went into a Super Over.[34][35] They also went on to win the PSL V under the leadership of Imad Wasim. Karachi Kings defeated the Lahore Qalandars by five wickets in the final to win their maiden PSL title.[36]

Team identityEdit

The team name and logo were revealed on 21 December 2015. The logo features a lion with Karachi Kings written below in white and gold colors. At the ceremony, team owner Salman Iqbal said that the logo and the theme of the team represented the true spirit and resilience of Karachi.[37] The team's primary jersey color is blue and gold. The jersey also incorporates the roaring lion logo in the bottom left of the shirt. AJ Sports (a sports manufacturing company) is the team's kit manufacturer.[38]

Bahria Town, the largest real-estate developers and investors in Pakistan and the largest private housing society in Asia were the team's title sponsors for first three seasons.[39] Besides Bahria Town other sponsors were Summit Bank, The Arkadians, Oye Hoye, Pepsi, Brighto Paints and Shield Corporation Ltd. Their official main principle partner for the 2017 season was Naya Nazimabad.[40] Bridge Power was platinum sponsor. Cotton & Cotton signed an agreement to be their official apparel partner in December 2016. Vital Tea was their tea partner, their print media partner was the Pakistan Observer and Titans were their memorabilia partner. The anthem of the team for 2017 season titled "Dhan Dhana Dhan Hoga Re" was sung by Shehzad Roy.[41][42] As for 2018 season, "De Dhana Dhan" was the team's official anthem sung again by Shehzad Roy.[43]

Pakistani film stars Fahad Mustafa, Humayun Saeed and singer Shehzad Roy were the team's star ambassadors for the 2018 season.[44] TUC is team's title sponsor for 2019 season, replacing Bahria Town.

Year Kit Manufacturer Front Branding Back Branding Chest Branding Sleeve Branding
2016 AJ Sports Bahria Town Summit Bank The Arkadians Oye Hoye Chips, K-Electric, Shield, Igloo Ice-cream
2017 Bridge Power Batteries Oye Hoye Chips, Shield, Tapal Tea
2018 Nurpur Brighto Paints, Imtiaz super market, Shield
2019 TUC Scene on! Cadbury Dairy Milk Imtiaz super market, Inverex, Rooh Afza
2020 ARY Laguna QMobile Surf Excel Imtiaz super market, Mughal Steel, ARY Laguna


Karachi Kings have an active rivalry with Lahore Qalandars, [45] and is considered to be the biggest rivalry in the PSL due to the historic economic and cultural rivalry between the cities of the two teams.[46] As of the 2020 season both teams have played against each other 10 times, with the Kings coming out victorious in 6 times.[47] Both teams have a large fan following which makes their matches more intense and interesting to watch.[48] Both teams are known to be the expensive teams of PSL.[7]

Current squadEdit

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  •  *  denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season
No. Name Nat. Birth date Category Batting style Bowling style Signed year Notes
38 Colin Ingram   (1985-07-03) 3 July 1985 (age 35) Platinum Left-handed Right-arm leg spin 2021 Overseas
56 Babar Azam   (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 26) Platinum Right-handed Right-arm off break 2017 Vice-Captain
98 Sharjeel Khan   (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 31) Gold Left-handed Right-arm leg break 2020
Zeeshan Malik   (1996-12-26) 26 December 1996 (age 24) Silver Right-handed Right-arm off break 2021
Danish Aziz   (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 25) Silver Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2021
09 Imad Wasim   (1988-12-18) 18 December 1988 (age 32) Diamond Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2016 Captain
12 Aamer Yamin   (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 30) Gold Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2019
07 Mohammad Nabi   (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 36) Diamond Right-handed Right-arm off break 2021 Overseas
54 Dan Christian   (1983-05-04) 4 May 1983 (age 37) Diamond Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2021 Overseas
29 Qasim Akram   (2002-12-01) 1 December 2002 (age 18) Emerging Right-handed Right-arm off break 2021
59 Chadwick Walton   (1985-07-03) 3 July 1985 (age 35) Gold Right-handed 2020 Overseas
Joe Clarke   (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 24) Gold Right-handed 2021 Overseas
5 Mohammad Amir   (1992-04-13) 13 April 1992 (age 28) Platinum Left-handed Left-arm fast medium 2016
58 Waqas Maqsood   (1987-11-04) 4 November 1987 (age 33) Silver Right-handed Left-arm medium fast 2020
32 Arshad Iqbal   (2000-12-26) 26 December 2000 (age 20) Emerging Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2020
37 Mohammad Ilyas   (1999-03-21) 21 March 1999 (age 21) Silver Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2021
Noor Ahmad   (2005-01-03) 3 January 2005 (age 16) Supplementary Right-handed Left-arm Wrist spin 2021 Overseas

Management and coaching staffEdit

Shoaib Malik was Karachi Kings' captain during the group stages of PSL 2016 but stepped down ahead of the eliminator. Ravi Bopara was his successor.
Kumar Sangakkara captained the side in 2017 season.
Name Position
  Salman Iqbal (ARY Group) Owner
  Herschelle Gibbs Head coach
  Dougie Brown Assisant coach
  Wasim Akram Bowling Mentor & President
  Faisal Iqbal Batting coach
TBD Fielding Coach
  Navaid Rasheed VP Operations
  Faisal Mirza Media manager
  Tariq Wasi CEO
  Ibrahim Qureshi Fitness trainer


No. Nat. Player From To Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR %
1   Shoaib Malik 2016 2016 8 2 6 0 0 0 25.00
2   Ravi Bopara 2016 2016 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.00
3   Kumar Sangakkara 2017 2017 10 5 5 0 0 0 50.00
4   Imad Wasim 2018 present 28 14 11 0 1 2 55.76
5   Eoin Morgan 2018 2018 3 1 2 0 0 0 33.33
6   Mohammad Amir 2018 2018 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.00
7   Babar Azam 2020 2020 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.00

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 15 March 2020

Result summaryEdit

Overall result in PSLEdit

Year Pld Won Loss Tie&W Tie&L NR SR(%) Position Summary
2016 9 2 7 0 0 0 22.22 4/5 Play-offs
2017 10 5 5 0 0 0 50.00 3/5 Play-offs
2018 12 5 5 0 1 1 50.00 3/6 Play-offs
2019 11 5 6 0 0 0 45.45 4/6 Play-offs
2020 12 7 4 0 0 1 58.33 1/6 Champions
Total 54 24 27 0 1 2 44.44 1 title
  • Tie+W and Tie+L indicates matches tied and then won or Lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over")
  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 15 March 2020

Head-to-head recordEdit

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR SR%
Islamabad United 2016–present 13 5 7 0 0 0 38.46
Lahore Qalandars 2016–present 11 7 3 0 1 0 65.00
Multan Sultans 2018–present 5 3 1 0 0 1 75.00
Peshawar Zalmi 2016–present 12 4 8 0 0 0 33.33
Quetta Gladiators 2018–present 10 3 7 0 0 0 30.00

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 15 March 2020


Most runsEdit

Nat. Player Years Matches Innings Runs Avg. HS 100 50
  Babar Azam 2017–present 40 38 1253 35.80 78 0 11
  Colin Ingram 2018–2019 23 22 587 34.52 127* 1 2
  Ravi Bopara 2016–2019 31 28 575 28.75 71* 0 3
  Imad Wasim 2016–present 44 36 410 17.08 50 0 1
  Shoaib Malik 2016–2017 19 19 359 22.43 51* 0 1

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 8 March 2020

Most wicketsEdit

Nat. Player Year(s) Matches Wickets


BBI Econ. SR 4W 5W
  Mohammad Amir 2016–present 44 49 22.97 4/25 7.09 19.4 2 0
  Usman Shinwari 2017–2019 27 35 24.65 4/15 8.50 15.2 2 0
  Imad Wasim 2016–present 44 26 36.26 3/18 6.90 31.5 0 0
  Sohail Khan 2016–2017; 2019 19 22 25.09 3/23 8.19 18.3 0 0
  Umer Khan 2019–present 16 19 19.26 3/22 7.62 15.1 0 0

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last Updated: 8 March 2020

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