‘Hope we will succeed in Dubai and play the final in Karachi,’ Mr. Salman Iqbal

'Hope we will succeed in Dubai and play the final in Karachi,' Mr. Salman Iqbal

Karachi Kings’ owner Mr. Salman Iqbal addressed the send-off ceremony of his ahead of their departure to Dubai where he expressed his wish of seeing his team play the final of the tournament in Karachi.

The ceremony was attended by CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah, Nasir Hussain Shah and Karachi Kings’ players and management.

“I hope we will return from Dubai on 21 March after a successful campaign and play the final of (PSL) in Karachi on 25 March,” said Mr. Salman Iqbal.

He also highlighted the success of Pakistan Super League by quoting a conspiracy created by the arch-rivals India who announced a tri-nation series featuring India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka just before PSL to deprive the league of some of its international stars.

“PSL has become so big that we saw a tri-nation series being announced just 15 days before the PSL between India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka so that Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan players would not feature the league,” he stated.

He also mentioned how helpful Karachi Kings’ talent hunt has been for Pakistan as around five to six players played in the U-19 side that recently competed in the world cup.

“We hosted a tournament Karachi Ke Shehzaday on this venue of Naya Nazimabad which featured budding cricketers that we selected from our talent hunt campaign, five of six players from that tournament were selected in Pakistan U-19 team to play the world cup, he added. “These are small steps that are creating a huge impact on Pakistan cricket.”

‘Pray for our success, leave the rest of work on us’

The new skipper of the team, Imad Wasim thanked Karachi Kings’ fans for their continuous support despite ordinary results in the first two seasons of PSL.

“The way you all have supported us, how you have loved us, we could not deliver the results in the first two seasons that could please Karachiites,” said Imad Wasim.

“We hope to play the final of PSL in Karachi, we are hoping to give our 100 percent and looking forward to playing the final in Karachi,” he stated. “Pray for our success, leave the rest of work on us,” he concluded