PSL 8: Babar Azam leaves Karachi Kings for Peshawar Zalmi - sources

Trade has been made in exchange for veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik

November 11, 2022

KARACHI: Skipper Babar Azam has left Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings ahead of eighth edition of the tournament, according to sources. 

Azam has been traded by Kings to Peshawar Zalmi in exchange for veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik.

Azam has played for Kings since 2017 after leaving Islamabad United.  

The prolific right-hander is the all-time highest scorer of PSL, with 2413 runs under his belt in 68 matches.

During the last season, Kings, led by Azam, became the first team to lose nine matches in a single edition of PSL.

All the retentions by franchises will be revealed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), today.

PCB ropes in top foreign players for PSL 2023 Draft 

On Thursday, the PSL had also announced that Australia T20I captain Aaron Finch is among the players who have signed up for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) Player Draft.

Finch has vast T20 experience under his belt, with nearly 11,000 runs in 367 matches at a strike-rate of 139.31.

England’s Reece Topley, Tom Curran and Adil Rashid, South Africa’s Wayne Parnell, Lungi Ngidi and Rassie Van Der Dussen, Sri Lanka’s Dasun Shanaka and Wanindu Hasaranga, West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran and Evin Lewis and New Zealand’s Jimmy Neesham are also among the players who have registered for the draft.

Earlier, England’s Alex Hales, Dawid Malan and Jason Roy, New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw and David Miller, Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Bangladesh’s Shakib-al-Hasan, Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza and the Netherlands’ Colin Ackermann have already been confirmed by the PCB for the draft.

It must be noted that the draft is likely to take place in the third week of November, 2022.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already revealed the pick order for the draft, where defending champions Lahore Qalandars will make the first pick.

Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans will have second and third picks. The fourth and fifth picks will be done by Karachi Kings and Islamabad United. Meanwhile, Peshawar Zalmi will make the sixth pick.

The next 17 rounds were decided through a special statistical tool.

Atique ur Rehman is a senior reporter for Geo News.