Malik steps down as Karachi Kings captain

‘I was struggling to focus on my own game. I’m hoping we put up a good show for the rest of the tournament’ – Shoaib Malik © PCB

Pakistan allrounder Shoaib Malik has stepped down as captain of Karachi Kings for the remainder of the Pakistan Super League. Ravi Bopara has been named as his successor.

Malik has scored 157 runs in eight matches, at an average of 26.16 and a strike rate of 113.76. Malik led Karachi to two group stage wins in eight games and qualified for the playoffs having finished in fourth place, ahead of Lahore Qalandars on a better head to head record.

“I was struggling to focus on my own game,” Malik said. I’m hoping we put up a good show tomorrow and for the rest of the tournament”

Bopara is currently second on both the run-scoring and wicket-taking charts. In eight matches, he has scored 292 runs at an average of 58.40 and a strike rate of 137, behind only Umar Akmal’s competition tally of 335 runs. With the ball, Bopara has taken 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.57.

Karachi Kings will play Islamabad United in the second qualifying final on February 20.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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