Karachi Kings is a franchise in PSL. It was found in 2015 when PSL started. Team is based in Karachi, provincial capital of Sindh. Team has a home cricket ground “National Stadium”. Currently Kumar Sangakkara is the captain of the side while Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur is also the coach of the side. Salman Iqbal, CEO of ARY Media group in Pakistan is the owner of the team. Shahid Afridi recently joined Karachi Kings as player and also the president of the team.
Karachi Kings team was formed when PSL T20 was started. On 03 December 2015, PCB unveiled the franchises to interested parties. Karachi franchise was bought by Salman Iqbal CEO ARY Media Group for US $26 Million for the period of Ten Years. Karachi Kings is the most expensive franchise of the PSL.
Being very expensive franchise in PSL team cannot deliver its abilities in first two editions.
In 2016 (First Edition of PSL) Karachi Kings start well after beating Lahore Qalandars in its very first match but after that team only manage to win one more matches out of seven. Karachi Kings played eight matches in this first edition of PSL and only manage to win two matches. It was fourth best team in PSL 2016 out of five teams.
In 2017 edition many changes were made by the team but still team could not perform well. Kumar Sangakkara joined the Karachi Kings team as captain in second edition of PSL 2017 while Baber Azam as batsman. Azhar Mehmood signed as coach in this season. Sohail TRanvir was traded for Chris Gayle. Team added some other players in auctions as well. Few of them are; Kieron Pollard, Mahela Jayawerdene & Ryan McLaren.
In 2017 performance team played 10 matches including playoff and only win five matches out of ten.
Team Name & Logo:
Name & Logo of Karachi Kings team was revealed on 21 December 2015. The logo of Karachi Kings team features a lion while name of the team is written below in white and gold colors. In revealed ceremony, team owner Salman Iqbal said that the theme & logo of the team represents the true spirit and resilience of Karachi. Jersey color of Karachi Kings is blue and gold.
|Year||Kit Manufacturer||Chest Branding||Front Branding||Back Branding||Sleeve Branding|
|2016||AJ Sports||The Arkadians||Bahria Town||Summit Bank||Oye Hoye Chips, Karachi Electrics, Shield Products & Lgloo ice-cream.|
|2017||AJ Sports||The Arkadians||Bahria Town||Bridge Power Batteries||Oye Hoye Chips, Tapal Tea & Shield Products.|
Team Current Squad:
|Mahela Jayawerdene||Right Handed Batsman||Amount Disclosed||2017||Overseas|
|Shahzaib Hassan||Right Handed Batsman||US $ 25,000||2016||Local|
|Left Handed Batsman||US $ 140,000||2017||Overseas|
|Baber Azam||Right Handed Batsman||US $ 50,000||2017||Local|
|Khurram Manzoor||Right Handed Batsman||US $ 25,000||2017||Local|
|Ammad Alam||Right Handed Batsman||Amount Disclosed||2017||Local|
|Imad Wasim||Left Arm Batsman & Left-arm Orthodox||US $ 50,000||2016||Local|
|Shahid Afridi||Right Handed Batsman & Right arm Leg Spin||2018||Local|
|Shoaib Malik||Right Handed Batsman & Right arm off spin||US $ 140,000||2016||Local|
|Ryan McLaren||Right Handed Batsman & Right arm medium Fast||US $ 50,000||2017||Overseas|
|Right Handed Batsman & Right arm medium Fast||US $ 140,000||2017||Overseas|
|Ravi Bopara||Right Handed Batsman & Right arm medium Fast||US $ 70,000||2016||Overseas|
|Kashif Bhatti||Right Handed Batsman & Slow left-arm Orthodox||US $ 25,000||2017||Local|
|Hasan Mohsin||Right Handed Batsman & Right arm medium Fast||US $ 10,000||2017||Local|
|Kumar Sangakkara (Captain)||Left Handed Batsman||US $ 70,000||2017||Overseas|
|Saifullah Bangash||Right Handed Batsman||US $ 25,000||2016||Local|
|Mohammad Amir||Left-arm Fast||US $ 70,000||2016||Local|
|Sohail Khan||Right-arm Fast||US $ 25,000||2016||Local|
|Rahat Ali||Left-arm medium Fast||Amount Disclose||2017||Local|
|Usama Mir||Right-arm Leg Spin||Amount Disclose||2016||Local|
|Usman Khan||Left-arm medium Fast||Replacement||2017||Local|
|Abrar Ahmed||Right-arm Leg Spin||US $ 10,000||2017||Local|
|Abdul Ameer||Left-arm medium Fast||US $ 10,000||2017||Local|
Management & Coaching Staff:
|Salman Iqbal ARY Group||Owner|
|Shahid Khan Afridi||President|
|Mickey Arthur||Head Coach|
|Azhar Mehmood||Assitant Coach|
|Abdul Majeed||Fielding Coach|