Karachi Kings has been one of the most popular teams of Pakistan Super League. From the ace cricketers playing for the league to the top coaches training the players, everything about the Kings has been grand.
However, just before the start of the fourth edition of PSL, Kings have faced a major setback.
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Rashid Latif Left Karachi Kings
Director Cricket – Karachi Kings, Rashid Latif announced his resignation from the team. Rashid broke this news through a tweet from his official account.
Thank you @Salman_ARY bhai and the entire KK staff for having me onboard. My journey with Karachi Kings has come to an end. I wish the franchise all the best in future endeavours
— Rashid Latif (@iRashidLatif) January 9, 2019
He thanked the owner of Karachi Kings, Salman Iqbal, for his unprecedented support.
Reaction on Twitter
Many expressed disappointment over Rashid’s impromptu decision. Some wished him luck and others were sad as he will no more be part of the team.
It was great to have you for 2 years Rashid Bhai. Always a very learning experience to be around someone like you who's motivating and supportive. You'll be missed. Good luck to you for future
— Usama Mir (@iamusamamir) January 9, 2019
You did your bit & I can testify how much you owned KK. I am so happy Nana, now no more protecting Micky. We will dissect extensively- Game On Hai.
— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) January 9, 2019
It's sad to see you have left Rashid bhai
— Atiq-uz-Zaman (@Atiq160Test) January 9, 2019
Man behind Karachi’s talent hunt
Rashid Latif has been the main driving force when it came to finding raw talent for the kings. Last year he conducted many successful camps all across Sindh to select and groom youngsters of the region.
Rashid has a great knack for identifying talent and through his rigorous camps, he selected quite a few phenomenal individuals. The trail last year was hugely successful, It was an open trial and it catered to more than 20 million people.
The legendary player took a personal interest in the grooming of these amateur cricketers. He trained them at the Rashid Latif Cricket Academy (RLCA). More than 70 players have been trained under his vision.
Karachi Kings’ future
Karachi Kings have not decided who will replace Rashid Latif as Director Cricket but they have a huge void to fill. It won’t be easy to find a man as persistent and as passionate as Rashid so easily.
Kings have not managed to win a single edition of PSL yet but Karachites are hoping this could be their year. We don’t know whether the hopes will be fulfilled or not but the start hasn’t been great for Karachi Kings as Rashid’s resignation is a huge blow.