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Ravi Bopara named captain of Karachi Kings By Khurram Zia Khan

Shoaib Malik has stepped down from captaincy of Karachi Kings for the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League. Ravi Bopara has been named as his replacement.



Shoaib Malik was a strategic choice by Karachi management who at draft stage preferred him over Chris Gayle with one thought that Malik with his magical captaincy may lead the team to success in inaugural Pakistan Super League

Malik informed the Karachi management that he was unable to focus on his cricket due to the captaincy burden, adding that he was happy to sit out to help team management form  the right combination for the crucial playoff match against Islamabad United. "End of the day the team is suffering. Hence I decided not to lead the team in the remaining matches. This decision will help me to  concentrate more on my batting, bowling & fielding instead of handling so many things," Malik said.
"I was struggling to focus on my own game. I'm hoping we put up a good show tomorrow and for the rest of the tournament."
Malik pointed out that it was not the first time a stand-in captain had lead a team in the PSL. "Perhaps the team can get better. Maybe if someone else takes the (captaincy) responsibility then Karachi Kings could start winning.’’
Malik has scored 157 runs in eight matches, at a meagre average of 26.16 and an unsatisfactory strike rate of 113.76. Malik led Karachi to two group stage wins in eight games and are fortunate to have qualified for the playoffs having finished in fourth place, ahead of Lahore Qalandars on a better head-to-head record.
Bopara is currently third 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 and winner of tomorrow’s match will take on Peshawar Zalmi on Sunday for a spot in the final of the tournament

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