“It’s an honour as well as a big challenge but I will do my best to lead from the front,” said Wasim. © Getty Images

“It’s an honour as well as a big challenge but I will do my best to lead from the front,” said Wasim. © Getty Images

Imad Wasim, the dashing allrounder, was on Tuesday (November 7) named captain of the Karachi Kings franchise for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League next year.

Wasim, who led Pakistan in the Under-19 World Cup in 2008, was the first choice after Shahid Afridi, the new signing, made it clear that he did not want to skipper the side, choosing instead to concentrate on his own performance.

Afridi had left Peshawar Zalmi, the defending champions, over differences with the franchise owner and was appointed president of Karachi Kings.

Wasim vowed to lead by example. “It’s an honour as well as a big challenge but I will do my best to lead from the front,” he said. “I am blessed that I will also have Shahid Afridi to take confidence and motivation from.”

Karachi Kings have released Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, the misfiring Caribbean duo, as well as Sohail Khan, the best bowler in the last edition.

The third edition is scheduled for next February-March in the UAE, with the playoffs in Lahore and the final likely to be staged in Karachi.