Karachi Kings, once considered formidable contenders in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), are facing an uphill battle in the ongoing season 9.

With just two victories from five games, they find themselves in the fifth position, striving to find their footing in the tournament.

Despite the advantage of playing at the National Bank Stadium in Karachi, Karachi Kings stumbled in their initial two matches, setting the stage for a challenging journey ahead.

Let’s delve into the factors contributing to their lacklustre showing this season:

New Setup Still Settling In

Karachi Kings underwent a significant overhaul in their team setup for PSL 9, including coaching staff, team management, and players.

The acquisition of Shan Masood from Multan Sultans brought anticipation, but it appears that Masood is still adjusting to the new environment in his first season as captain.

Karachi Kings’ Draft Blunders

The team’s draft decisions have come under scrutiny, particularly the trade involving Imad Wasim for Hasan Ali. While Ali is a capable bowler, the impact of Wasim’s absence has been felt.

Additionally, parting ways with star player Mohammad Amir raised eyebrows, especially considering the perceived weakness of the replacements chosen.

They also picked out of form all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz, who was under pressure with the national team as well as Quetta Gladiators, resulting in his release.

Inconsistent Captaincy

Shan Masood’s leadership has been inconsistent, with questionable decisions on the field and frequent shuffling of the batting order.

Apart from Kieron Pollard, the batting lineup has lacked consistency, with players facing uncertainty in their roles. Masood’s own performance with the bat has also been underwhelming.

Furthermore, the mismanagement of bowlers like Mohammad Nawaz, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Hasan Ali has added to the team’s woes, highlighting tactical blunders in captaincy.

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