Wednesday, November 29, 2023
LAHORE: Amid rumours of several foreign players signing up for the Pakistan Super League's (PSL) ninth edition, it has now been confirmed that Imad Wasim has been traded by the Karachi Kings for Hassan Ali from Islamabad United.
Wasim, who guided Karachi to their maiden PSL title in the fifth edition, has been taken by United under the Platinum category.
While, Hassan, who represented Islamabad in the last season, will play for the Karachi Kings under the Diamond category.
“By virtue of this player trade, Karachi Kings have received Islamabad United’s first round silver pick in exchange for their second round silver pick,” said a PSL statement.
It also shared that Lahore Qalandars’ Mirza Tahir Baig, Islamabad United’s Rumman Raees and Karachi Kings’ Mir Hamza have been relegated from the gold category to silver on the requests of the franchisees ahead of the PSL 2024 Player Draft.
Imad, commenting on the move on X, said his “very special journey” with the Karachi teams ends and thanked the fans and management for the support they gave him during his time with the franchise.
“Time for a new chapter. Really excited to be heading to my hometown team Islamabad United. It is an amazing franchise with great people,” said Imad. He added that he will try his best to repay the faith Islamabad United, Shadab Khan and owner Ali Naqvi have shown in him.
“Goodbye Karachi, time to go home to Islamabad,” said Imad.
While Islamabad United wished good luck to Hassan with the new franchise.
"Today we bid farewell to a true #Sheru. Hassan Ali, our #Generator, will be lighting up a new path with Karachi Kings in #HBLPSL9," said the team. It added that Hassan's "passion and incredible performances" have left an indelible mark.