Karachi Kings Squad 2024 & Match Schedule

Karachi is one of the biggest and most diverse cities in Pakistan having a huge population with 99% of it being passionate cricket fans. It is normal for Karachi Kings to have huge fans’ support at their home venue National Bank Cricket Arena. KK can be said as one of the consistent franchises that make its way into play-offs each time but won the tournament only once which is surprising for many. Last year, it was the first time ever when Kings were unable to reach the play-offs stage which brought severe criticism on the coach and team director Wasim Akram along with the captain Babar Azam. For PSL 2024, fans are eager to find out the much-needed changes in the Karachi Kings squad 2024 along with details regarding the PSL 8 schedule Karachi Kings. The tournament is expected to kick off in Karachi in February with a grand opening ceremony as well. 

PSL 8 Karachi Kings Complete Squad

The complete Karachi Kings team squad 2024 has been finalized in a draft ceremony held in Karachi on 15th December 2022. The inclusion of Mathew Wade, Imran Tahir, James Fuller, Andrew Tye, Tabraiz Shamsi, and many others has strengthened the depth of KK squad 2024 for the upcoming season. Imad Wasim has been made Karachi Kings captain 2024 which is not surprising as he was the leader who made them Champions before. 

Complete Squad

Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shoaib Malik, Aamir Yamin, Akif Javed, Sharjeel Khan, Qasim Akram, Matthew Wade, Imran Tahir, James Vince, James Fuller, Andrew Tye, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Akhlaq, Irfan Khan Niazi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mohammad Umar, Ben Cutting, Musa Khan & Faisal Akram (replacement).

In PSL 8 Karachi squad we can see they have a very good mixture of experience and youth and with Mazhar Arshad the stats guru present in the draft, we believe they did a reasonably good job this year finalizing the Karachi Kings team squad 2024 which can bring back the consistency and the glory days yet again for the franchise. 

PSL 8 Karachi Kings Schedule

The official release of the Karachi Kings schedule 2024 is out and they will be starting their PSL 8 journey on the 14th of Feb against Peshawar Zalmi. National Bank Cricket Arena will act as the home ground for team Karachi and Imad Wasim who is the most successful KK captain is also back as leader.  The complete PSL 8 schedule for Karachi Kings is as follows.

Feb 14 — Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi, National Bank Cricket Arena

Feb 16 — Karachi Kings v Islamabad United, National Bank Cricket Arena

Feb 18 — Karachi Kings v Quetta Gladiators, National Bank Cricket Arena

Feb 19 — Karachi Kings v Lahore Qalandars, National Bank Cricket Arena

Feb 22 – Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings, Multan Cricket Stadium

Feb 26 — Karachi Kings v Multan Sultans, National Bank Cricket Arena

Mar 1 — Peshawar Zalmi v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium

Mar 3 — Islamabad United v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium

Mar 6 — Quetta Gladiators v Karachi Kings, Pindi Cricket Stadium

Mar 12 — Lahore Qalandars v Karachi Kings, Gaddafi Stadium

Retained Players List of Karachi Kings for PSL 2024

The PSL 8 Karachi squad has made a very big call by letting go of Pakistan’s number #1 batter and captain Babar Azam who has been with them for six years which was a shocker for many but could be said a bold move as they got the trade deal done by Peshawar Zalmi. Shoaib Malik a diamond player and Haider Ali as platinum player joined the Kings while Babar Azam moved to Peshawar where he will be leading the side. Wasim Akram, Salman Iqbal, and other key persons in the management are always very deeply involved in team combinations and they will certainly do their extensive homework to select the best possible team combination to win another PSL trophy. The retained Karachi squad 2024 list is as follows

  1. Haider Ali (Platinum)
  2. Imad Wasim (Diamond)
  3. Mohammad Amir (Diamond)
  4. Shoaib Malik (Diamond)
  5. Aamir Yamin (Silver)
  6. Mir Hamza (Silver)
  7. Sharjeel Khan (Silver)
  8. Qasim Akram (Emerging)

By looking at the Karachi Kings team squad 2024, many fans felt confused that not a single foreign player has been retained from the previous edition of PSL. The inclusion of Haider Ali in the Platinum category raised many eyebrows as well because of his poor recent form in ICC World T20 and the Tri-series in New Zealand. 

It is not clear as of yet who will be the Karachi Kings captain in 2024 but our sources reveal that Imad Wasim will be the captain yet again instead of Malik. Imad Wasim was a splendid leader for Kings in earlier editions of PSL and under his leadership, KK always reached the play-off stage. 

Looking at the retentions of Karachi Kings 2024, one can say Sharjeel and Haider will do the opening while Mir Hamza, Amir & Yameen are good pace options who can definitely win them games through pace and swing. In Pakistan, spin doesn’t play a major role but having Imad as a spin option who can bowl in powerplay is a great option to have in the spin department as well. 

Wasim Akram will certainly look for foreign players in the draft and one can expect he will be eyeing all-rounders and sloggers in the lower middle order to further strengthen their bowling and batting depth. 

Karachi Kings PSL Draft 2024 Pick Order

In terms of the draft picks, one can say Karachi Kings has been a side that has been unlucky with the picks they choose due to injury issues, players’ international commitments, and the players opting out due to personal reasons. Management would be very well aware of this issue that has been haunting them on a consistent basis and hopefully, this year the draft picks they will make will have many backup options in case any player gets injured. The pick order for Karachi Kings PSL 9 in Draft 2024 is as follows.

  • Platinum: 4th Pick, 4th Pick, 4th Pick
  • Diamond: 6th Pick, 4th Pick, 2nd Pick
  • Gold: 5th Pick, 3rd Pick, 2nd Pick
  • Silver: 3rd Pick, 4th Pick, 6th Pick, 1st Pick, 5th Pick
  • Emerging: 1st Pick, 5th Pick
  • Supplementary: 1st Pick, 2nd Pick

With 2 Platinum Picks along with 3 full Gold picks available, we can definitely expect these picks to be filled with high-quality foreign players from top cricket-playing nations. This year, they have over 400 foreign players registered for the PSL Draft 2024 which provides ample opportunities for the Kings to select and create the best possible combination. 

PSL Karachi Kings Match Schedule Download

The complete PSL 9 schedule Karachi kings will be available to download by all cricket fans around the globe in JPG and PDF formats here on Cricket Corner. We will be creating those user-friendly files which you can save on your smart devices for easy access to the information related to Kings matches dates, times, venues, and opponents. The download files will be available here as soon as the official announcement takes place. 

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