Karachi Kings have chosen to retain only five players ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine’s draft. According to local reports, the retained players include James Vince, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik, Mir Hamza, and Tabriz Shamsi.
Notably, Karachi Kings have decided not to retain Mohammad Amir, a longstanding member of the Kings since the league’s inception. Additionally, speculation surrounds the potential transfer of batter Tayyab Tahir to another team, hinting at a prospective trade deal in progress.
Moreover, according to the reports they are also letting go Haider Ali, who they traded in Platinum category last year for Babar Azam.
— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) December 5, 2023
There are also speculations around Karachi Kings trying to rope in Pakistan’s Test captain Shan Masood after they let go of their skipper Imad Wasim.
The Kings traded their former captain Imad Wasim to Islamabad United in exchange for Hasan Ali. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the transfer, stating, “HBL PSL 5 winning captain Imad Wasim will now represent Islamabad United in the upcoming ninth edition. Imad, named the All-Rounder of HBL PSL 8, has been picked by Islamabad United in the Platinum category.”
The trade also involved Hasan Ali, who moved to Karachi Kings in the Diamond category. As part of this player exchange, Karachi Kings have secured Islamabad United’s first-round silver pick in return for their second-round silver pick.
Last season, Imad Wasim mentioned that Karachi Kings wanted match winners in their starting lineup and then ended up winning only 3 matches in the season. Today Karachi replaced him. Bro, I guess you are not a match winner either 💀 pic.twitter.com/me1UIlRxQD
— Ali (@AliFChishty) November 29, 2023
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is gearing up for PSL 9, with numerous foreign players actively expressing their availability for the upcoming season. Notably, the list comprises players from various cricketing nations, although there’s a notable absence of prominent Australian names among the registrants.
The PSL draft is scheduled to take place at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore on Wednesday, December 13, 2023. Initially, reports suggested that the UAE and South Africa might host the early matches of PSL 9 due to elections in Pakistan. However, most franchises are advocating for the entire event to be held within Pakistan.
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