Babar Azam will replace Wahab Riaz as captain of Peshawar Zalmi for the upcoming Pakistan Super League season. After exchanging Babar from Karachi Kings for Shoaib Malik and Haider Ali, the franchise is continuing its transition that began in 2021 in hopes of forming a new core.
No team in the league’s history has had such a loyal core as Zalmi since its inception in 2016. Daren Sammy, Hasan Ali, Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz did not wear another shirt until Hasan Ale decided. decided to leave last year. However, there were some setbacks, such as a misunderstanding with Akmal and their captain Sammy resigning mid-season to be appointed coach.
Zalmi won the title in 2017 and has been on a steady streak since, reaching the finals in 2018, 2019 and 2021 and being eliminated in 2020 and 2022. Wahab has been the mainstay pillar. of the group. He was the league’s top scorer and was retained by the franchise. But at the age of 37, his influence on the pitch is no longer what it used to be. Earlier this year, he was downgraded from platinum to diamond by PSL players. Akmal, 40, has been released
They brought in great smasher Mohammad Haris with Babar, while retaining Sherfane Rutherford, Aamir Jamal (brand ambassador), Salman Irshad and Tom-Kohler Cadmore.
For Babar, the PSL journey began with Islamabad United in his first season in 2016 but ended after two games. From the following year, he represented the Karachi Kings and topped the leaderboard with an average score of 43.60 and a pass rate of 121.97 en route to becoming the league’s top scorer, earning 2,413 points. after 68 games. However, his relationship with the franchise began to deteriorate, and the team collapsed under his captaincy, losing nine out of ten games. Imad Wasim, who replaced Babar as captain of the Kings last season, will lead the team.
Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Multan – will host the matches, with two venues – Lahore and Karachi – in the previous two seasons. , due to Covid-19.