Karachi Kings held a press conference in Dubai today after the draft to welcome the big names in the squad and discuss their future plans.
Press conference kicked off with a presentation on the glorious journey of Karachi Kings so far. The conference featured key components of the franchise, including the owner, Mr. Salman Iqbal, team director Rashid Latif, former captain Shoaib Malik, new member Chris Gayle, Imad Wasim, Ravi Bopara and the PSL chairman Najam Sethi.
The honourable owner of Karachi Kings, Mr. Salman Iqbal addressed the conference and first of all thanked all the players, his team and the advisory board, especially, Rashid Latif, Imad Wasim, Chris Gayle, Ravi Bopara, Shoaib Malik and Najam Sethi.
Mr. Salman Iqbal looked confident while talking about the selected squad, “The team looks really good this time as we have specialist players in our ranks such as Chris Gayle and Sangakkara in batting and allrounders like Shoaib Malik, Ravi Bopara and Imad Wasim.”
“PSL has changed the game of cricket in Pakistan completely,” he said,” PSL has become such a big game, it is one of the biggest leagues of the world,” he added.
Talking about Karachi Kings’ talent hunt, Khiladi Ki Khoj, Mr. Salman Iqbal revealed, “There were around 7,000 to 8,000 young boys, who came in for trials,”
“At the beginning, we promised that we will select just one player from the talent hunt for the draft as an emerging player, we changed the strategy last night with consultation of Rashid Latif and Mickey Arthur, who advised us to select four players instead of one,” he added.
“When these boys will play alongside their heroes wearing the same jersey, only those young cricketers will know that what a big moment it will be for them,” he further said.
Karachi Kings’ owner also accredited other franchises for unearthing hidden talent, “Not only Karachi Kings, but other owners of the franchises have also selected 10 to 12 emerging players in the draft overall.”
Mr. Salman Iqbal further communicated the plans of the franchise regarding grooming the raw talent.
“We have made four teams of 15 players each, Karachi Whites, Blues, Greens and Yellows out of the selected players from the Khiladi Ki Khoj.
These four teams will play a tournament in December and a Karachi Kings ‘A’ team will be formed from the 15 shortlisted players. That team will fly to Dubai with Karachi Kings for the PSL, they will have nets there and spend a whole month with the greats of the game.”
He further told, “Afterwards, we will move them to London, we are in touch with ECB to play club cricket there with different counties for a month when their season will kick off in June.
Out of those fifteen players, six players will stay there for six months more to get trained under the supervision of international and local coaches.”
He is hoping that they will get more than a hundred players ready to play for Pakistan in a year or two and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will not have much difficulty in spotting talented players as there will be large pool of wonderful players.