Shoaib Malik’s decision to relinquish the captaincy was the right one

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Karachi Kings’ first foray in the PSL has come to an end, not entirely unexpectedly. In what was effectively a quarter final playoff, the Kings were never really in the picture in what was a very one-sided game and therefore went out not with a bang but a pretty feeble whimper.

I think Shoaib Malik’s decision to relinquish the captaincy was the right one but it should not have taken him so long to reach it. It would have been infinitely better if Bopara could have had a few more games as captain before a knockout match to find his way through; one would have hoped that relieved of the burdens of captaincy Shoaib would have performed better but that too did not happen.

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I have also been completely surprised to see some names not just in the Karachi Kings side but in all the teams whom virtually no one in the cricket world had heard about. I certainly had not ever heard of some of these players and I was wondering just how they ever managed to get into the frame. What that has regrettably meant is that apart from a few individual sparks of brilliance with both the bat and the ball, the general standard of cricket has not been very high. For KK, it has to be back to the drawing board and starting from scratch. There is a great deal that needs to be put right and the earlier a start is made the better.

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