Karachi Kings skipper Imad Wasim and its coach-cum mentor, Wasim Akram, dedicated their franchise triumph in the 2020 Pakistan Super League triumph to the late Dean Jones following their win over Lahore Qalandars in the summit clash at the National Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday.
Former Australian all-rounder, Dean Jones was appointed as the head coach of Karachi Kings ahead of the 2020 season of PSL. Under Jones’ guidance, Karachi Kings made their way into the playoffs before the tournament came to an abrupt halt due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March.
Dean Jones, unfortunately, passed away on September 24 after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest in the lobby of the Mumbai hotel where he was staying along with his fellow commentators as part of the Star Sports Dug Out panel for IPL 2020.
Following a five-wicket win over Lahore Qalandars in the summit clash, captain Imad Wasim and mentor-cum coach Wasim Akram posted a special message for Prof Deano via a video.
“Dean Jones, of course, gets credit because what he taught us, very few coaches in the world can. Wasim Akram, of course, deserves the trophy because he was our bowling coach, head coach, mentor and team president rolled in one. It’s an honour to captain this franchise,” Imad said.
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
“Hi guys, Karachi Kings are the champions. It’s for Dean Jones and of course for the fans of Karachi, you have been waiting for this for 5 years. Congratulations Karachi Kings and our skipper Imad Wasim, well done,” Wasim Akram said.
As far as the final between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars is concerned, just like the IPL final, it turned to be a pretty one-sided encounter.
After all-round bowling performance-led by Waqas Maqsood [2-18] and Umaid Asif [2-18] restricted Lahore Qalandars to an underwhelming 7-134 in 20 overs, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, just like the Qualifier, spearheaded the run-chase with disdain courtesy an unbeaten 49-ball 63, helping Karachi Kings to romp home in 18.4 overs.