Babar Azam named Peshawar Zalmi captain for PSL 8

He had left Karachi Kings recently

By Web Desk
December 14, 2022
Babar Azam - Twitter/PeshawarZalmi

Star batter Babar Azam has been named as captain of Peshawar Zalmi for the upcoming season eight of Pakistan Super League (PSL). 

Pakistan all-format captain and the most successful batter in the history of the tournament had left Karachi Kings recently

"It is an honour for me to lead the franchise and I'm excited for the new challenge," said Azam. "Peshawar Zalmi is one of the best teams of PSL and has done well consistently over the past few years." 

Last month, in one of the biggest trades of the tournament, 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi snapped Azam in the Platinum category and the first pick in the supplementary round for Haider Ali and Shoaib Malik who move to Karachi Kings, the winners of the 2020 edition, in Platinum and Diamond categories, respectively, before the trade and retention window closed.

Azam had 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.

The players' draft for PSL season 8 will take place in Karachi on December 15.

The announcement has been made after consulting with all franchises, said PCB.

The tournament's director Usman Wahla said PSL 8 will be bigger with the induction of some prominent names.

"Some big cricketers' availability ensures a bigger and better PSL season this time around," he said.

The 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.

PSL 8 is scheduled from February 9 to March 19 in Karachi, Multan, Rawalpindi, and Lahore. Lahore Qalandars will defend their title.