Since when Shahid Afridi left Peshawar Zalmi and joined Karachi Kings, it was quite predictable that the star cricketer will also be named as the captain of his new Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise, but the Kings took an unpopular decision and announced left arm all rounder Imad Wasim as the new skipper. The nomination for the new captain, as revealed during the press conference in Karachi last night, was given by none other than Afridi himself.
“He has been playing for a long time now and I am sure he can take pressure,” told the confident Afridi, who is also the president of Kings.
Wasim will now be replacing Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara in the third edition of PSL. Talking to the press, he thanked his franchise for trusting him for the new role. “Every player dreams to represent his country or franchise as the captain at some part of his career and I am thankful to Karachi Kings for trusting me,” he expressed.
The new captain for Kings maintained that the current trend in all formats of cricket is aggressive and no team can win without aggressions. “Everyone is playing aggressive cricket and we will try to play the same,” he told.
Wasim was also asked about the formula of current progress in Pakistan cricket team and if he was eyeing on the captaincy of national squad. He rejected the second question and told, “We (Sarfraz and him) have been playing together since our childhood and as far as the captaincy of national squad, I think our captain is good enough that we do not need anyone else.”
“The credit for the progress of national team goes to the management and then the captain; he is a natural leader. Everyone in the team is putting 100% and playing for Pakistan,” he added.
Answering a question about Sarfraz Ahmed’s aggression and the way he gets angry on players in the field, Wasim told, “he (Sarfaraz) gets angry on me the most but I never mind because we have been playing together for more than 12-13 years and we know each other very well. Whenever he goes inside the ground, he goes for Pakistan, or for his franchise. He never thinks about personal pride. We all know him very well and it is nothing new for us. He is like brother to us on and off the field.”
The new captain of Kings ended up giving the biggest compliment to his national squad skipper as “the best thing ever happened to Pakistan cricket.”
The third edition of Pakistan Super League will take place in February next year.