KARACHI: The players draft for the Pakistan Super League season 6 took place on Sunday in Lahore, where all six franchises picked their 18-man squad for the February-March event, and defending champions Karachi Kings were keen on keeping their core players intact, but did experiment in the silver and emerging categories.
Karachi retained eight players from PSL season 5 namely, right-handed batsman Babar Azam, left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir, South African Colin Ingram, all-rounder Imad Wasim, all-rounder Amir Yamin, left-handed opener Sharjeel Khan, left-arm pacer Waqas Maqsood and and right-arm medium fast pacer Arshad Iqbal.
With the move, the Kings made sure they are again set to challenge for the title when things start rolling in the sixth season of PSL.
Meanwhile, when asked to pick players during the draft, Karachi picked wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, in the gold category, who represented them last year too. Meanwhile, English 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Joe Clarke, picked in the silver category, was chosen as the second option if Karachi need someone to replace Walton behind the stumps.
Another good pick for Karachi came in the diamond category when they picked Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi in the diamond category.
Another player that may prove to be one of the quality foreign picks for Karachi this season is Australian Dan Christian. Considered one of the most natural all-rounders, the 37-year-old may bring the Midas touch that the Kings will need to successfully defend their title.
A surprise grab for Karachi was right-arm pacer Mohammad Ilyas in the silver category, who they plucked from Multan Sultans. Ilyas represented Sultans in the 2019 and 2020 seasons, but this year he will be wearing the Karachi blues during the PSL.
Apart from these players, Karachi relied on domestic performances to select Danish Aziz and Zeeshan Maik in the silver category. In the emerging category, Karachi picked Qasim Akram. Meanwhile, they selected a 16-year-old up and coming Afghan star Noor Ahmad as their supplementary pick.