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Babar Azam opposes Karachi Kings decision to relegate him to diamond category

Karachi Kings batsman Babar Azam plays a shot during Pakistan Super League 2018. Photo: Pakistan Cricket Board Twitter
 

KARACHI: Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Karachi Kings has found itself in a catch-22 situation after its platinum category player Babar Azam opposed the franchise’s decision to relegate him to the diamond category.

According to sources, Azam withdrew the initial request submitted by the franchise to relegate him and said that he wants to remain in the platinum category.

“Karachi Kings had submitted a relegation request for Babar Azam to be part of the diamond category, however, Azam has withdrawn the request stating that he would like to remain in the platinum category,” the source said.

Further, the source said, the young batsman felt degraded after Kings’s request regarding his relegations as he is currently the number one batsman in the shortest format of the game.

This has now put the Kings in a conundrum as far as retention in platinum categories is concerned.

Kings platinum players now include Azam, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Colin Ingram and Colin Munro, with the team being allowed to retain three players from the list, including one foreign player.

Had Azam agreed to the relegation, it would have become easier for Karachi Kings to retain him along with Aamir, Afridi and a foreign player in the roster.

The deadline for relegation request has passed leaving the King no chance for another request unless the Pakistan Cricket Board allows.

Teams have time till November 13th to confirm their retention before a final list for the players draft is released.

PSL returns to action on February 14, 2019.

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