‘Life doesn’t stop,’ says Imad Wasim on Babar Azam leaving Karachi Kings

KARACHI: Imad Wasim, the captain of PSL team Karachi Kings (KK) said Monday that there’s no doubt about Babar Azam’s contributions to the franchise during the last six years, but life doesn’t stop with one player leaving the team, and one has to move on.

The KK skipper spoke to the media ahead of their first game of the season against Peshawar Zalmi — the side where Babar has moved from Kings.

The Pakistan all-rounder was bombarded with questions regarding Babar’s relation with Karachi Kings and if the match between Kings and Zalmi becomes relevant to the fact that it will be Babar against his former team.

“It is routine in franchise cricket that players move from one team to another, the gap is always filled by new players and teams continue to operate. There is no doubt that Babar has done a lot for Kings but he is no longer with us. We will try to make the best possible XI,” Imad told the media.

“I have nothing against anyone, and we all are professionals and play for our teams, there’s no issue at all. Also, who is playing for the team or who is the captain is the decision of team owners, not mine,” said Wasim.

He said he is excited about the start of PSL 8 and looking forward to a great season. Terming the PSL a tough competition, Wasim said that the league has a trend of polishing domestic as well as international players.

“Even foreigners are excited about playing in the PSL because they know that performing here can get them noticed everywhere, it increases their value. We have seen how players have gone to other leagues and other teams after performing in the PSL,” he said.

“I’ve noticed in various leagues that when your local strength is stronger, your league becomes more competitive, and this is why the PSL is one of the most competitive leagues in the world,” he said.

Replying to a question, Imad said that Aamir is an important member of the team, and they understand that he has played too much cricket in recent times, indicating that there will be workload management for Aamir.

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