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Karachi Kings official responds on news of Babar Azam moving to Lahore Qalandars

The Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) Draft will take place on December 6. The tournament will be staged in Pakistan with action set to start in February 2020.

The PSL Draft will be held on December 6, with the six franchises given until December 1 to finalise their retentions (up to eight players) and trade picks.

The first round picks were revealed through the depiction of an age-old street cricket tradition involving the cricket bat. A specially-designed statistical model was used to decide the pick order for the remaining 17 rounds of the Draft.

With the release of the pick order, the transfer and retention window for HBL PSL 2020 has officially opened as teams negotiate for exciting trade possibilities.

Rumours have been surfacing about Pakistan batsman and Twenty20 captain Babar Azam moving from the Karachi Kings to the Lahore Qalandars for next year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL).

While this would be a major acquisition for the Qalandars, an official from the Kings dismissed the rumours, saying that there is no truth in them whatsoever.

“No chance, the rumours are all rubbish,” the official was quoted as saying by Saj Sadiq on Twitter.

Azam starred in this year’s PSL as he was the sixth-highest run-scorer with 335 runs in 11 matches, which included three half-centuries, at an average of 30.45.

Earlier, number one ranked Twenty20 batsman Babar Azam became the first Pakistani cricketer to score 1,600 T20 runs in a calendar year. By doing so, Babar joined stalwarts like Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle as only the third batsman to achieve the feat in the shortest format of professional cricket.

India’s Kohli had scored 1,614 in year 2016 while West Indian Chris Gayle had scored 1,665 runs in 2015.

abar Azam has been in supreme form in 2019. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Azam, 25, remained in good form throughout the year. He played a responsible innings of 50 against Australia in second T20I on Tuesday to complete his 1,600th run in T20s this year.

Babar, in 2019, has scored 15 scores of 50 or more, including three centuries, in overall T20 cricket. He is also the first Pakistani to score three hundreds in a calendar year.

He was the top scorer in England’s Vitality Blast T20 where he smashed 578 runs in 13 innings for Somerset. In Pakistan Super League, he scored 335 runs in 11 innings for Karachi Kings while in the recently concluded National T20 Cup, Babar scored 219 runs in four innings for Central Punjab.

In T20Is this year, Babar scored 368 runs in nine innings with the help of four half-centuries. Azam has scored 1,604 runs in 33 international innings this year (9 T20Is, 20 ODIs & 4 Tests) which makes him most successful Pakistani batsman this year.

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