Akram replaces Afridi as Karachi president
Shahid Afridi parted ways with Karachi Kings, but the Pakistan Super League franchise has found a bigger name in world cricket to replace the flamboyant all-rounder.
Apart from being an active player on the field, Afridi also used to play the role of Karachi Kings president for one season. But now that he is gone, the presidency post was vacant, and now it has been refilled by the pace bowling great Akram.
Afridi’s departure from the Karachi Kings side was anything but pleasant, rather ended on a bitter note.
The Kings owner Salman Iqbal had asked him to disassociate himself with the T10 league in the UAE. But as Afridi refused to do it and opted to leave the franchise as well.
Akram was previously associated with another PSL franchise Multan Sultans last season, but now that it is out of existence, Kings owner Iqbal approached to Akram, to which he happily agreed.
“Soon after the Pakistan Cricket Board announced that it had terminated its agreement with Multan Sultans because of payment issues, Iqbal approached Wasim who agreed to join KK as their president,” one official said.
Akram also took to twitter to confirm the news, “How exciting is this? The PSL2019 only months away, this year escalating to a whole new level for Pakistan. Incredible new Pakistani talent, welcoming more international stars, 8 games at home and I’m proud to announce I’ll be joining Karachi Kings on the field @KarachiKingsARY.”
The twist to the story that, Akram too has his association with the T10 league, as he serves as their talent hunt director and also as coach of the Maratha Arabians franchise, and he will keep these commitments and relationships intact.