Babar Azam’s 63 not out led Karachi Kings to their first Pakistan Super League (PSL) title on Tuesday, November 17, and Karachi coach Wasim Akram dedicated the win to Dean Jones, who died due to a heart attack earlier this year. Jones was appointed coach of Karachi ahead of the PSL season in March before the coronavirus pandemic led to the postponement of the knockouts stage of the tournament. “Karachi Kings, the champions. This (win) is the Dean Jones and for the fans of Karachi Kings,” said Akram in a video posted by International Cricket Council (ICC), where he is surrounded by the Karachi players.
A special victory for Karachi Kings, which coach Wasim Akram dedicated to the late Dean Jones pic.twitter.com/RM5LIZdbfL
— ICC (@ICC) November 17, 2020
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) November 17, 2020
Chasing Lahore Qalanders’ 134 for 7 in the final at the National Stadium, Karachi, the hosts cruised to the target in 18.4 overs with five wickets in hand.
Jones, who led Islamabad United to two PSL titles as coach, has been a prominent figure at the PSL over the years, and teams Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans paid tribute to the Australian by making a ‘D’ on the field ahead of their playoffs clash last Saturday.
The final four in the six-team league, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Multan, were initially slated to play in the semi-finals with Multan due to face Peshawar and Karachi squaring off against Lahore in March.
However, those games were postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that sent many countries around the world into lockdowns, forcing overseas players to rush back to their home countries.
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