Open trials for Karachi Kings’ Khiladi Ki Khoj took place in Swat on Friday, where the selectors shortlisted 15 to 20 players, who will be groomed under the franchise banner.
The trial featured budding cricketers in big number not only from Swat, but there were youngsters from Abbottabad, Peshawar Dir and other parts of KPK, who wanted to showcase their skills.
Karachi Kings’ director Rashid Latif was overwhelmed to see the response there and stated that they are looking for hidden talent whom they can nurture.
“After hosting Karachi Ke Shehzade and Sindh Ke Shehzade, we are hoping to hold a tournament Pakistan Ke Shehzade,” told Rashid Latif.
Latif, Pakistan’s former skipper, told that Swat has produced various skilful players to Peshawar division, which is why they chose this beautiful city to start this year’s talent hunt program.
He further told that they will form a team of each city for the future Pakistan Ke Shehzade tournament, but if they find an extraordinary talent, they can shortlist them to play for Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019.
“We will look to make the most out of available resources and will make a team of 15 to 20 players where ever we will take trials,” he said. “If we find a player capable enough to play PSL in Emerging Category, we can pick him, like we selected Mushtaq Kalhoro from Sukkur for Karachi Kings last year.”
“Karachi Kings is supporting those players and cities, where there is lesser cricket or where the PCB is not active, Karachi Kings want to give them a franchise to perform,” he said.
Karachi Kings will hold trials in Sawabi on October 13.