PSL 8: Johan Botha named as Karachi Kings head coach

He has previously served as the head coach of Islamabad United in PSL 6

By Web Desk
December 15, 2022
Botha has played more than 100 international matches for South Africa — AFP

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings have named former South Africa cricketer Johan Botha as their head coach for the eight edition of the tournament.

Botha, who played five Tests, 78 ODIs and 40 T20Is over the course of his international career, has previously served as the head coach of Islamabad United in PSL 6.

Botha has replaced Peter Moores, who coached the Kings last season. 

Yesterday, Pakistan all-rounder Imad Wasim was announced as the captain of the Karachi Kings for the upcoming season of PSL.

The decision was taken after former captain Babar Azam decided to leave the franchise for Peshawar Zalmi.

Under the captaincy of Wasim, who was first appointed in 2017, Karachi had won their only PSL title in the 2020 edition of the tournament.

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.

During the last season, Kings, led by Azam, became the first team to lose nine matches in a single edition of PSL and finished at the bottom of the points table.

The players' draft for PSL season 8 will take place in Karachi, today.

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.