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Wasim Akram pays tribute to the late Dean Jones after taking over as interim head coach of Karachi Kings for PSL 2020

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Wasim Akram. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has taken over as the interim head coach for the Karachi Kings in the 2020 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, he said he would not become the head coach in tribute to the late Dean Jones, who died in the month of September. Jones was the head coach of the Kings when the league stage took place in February-March.

He also coached for Islamabad United, 2016 and 2018 PSL champions. Akram, Pakistan’s all-time highest wicket-taker in international cricket, mentioned that Kings would miss Jones, leaving a seat in the dressing room with his name.

“I am not replacing Jones as head coach of the Kings. I mean he will miss out and we will leave our seats in his dressing room with his name on it, ”Akram was quoted as saying during a live video conference on YouTube with Criclab.

Wasim Akram says Jones was a great man

“He was a great friend of mine. I know how he advocated for Pakistan around the world. He talked about Pakistan’s cricket, food, talent and hospitality everywhere in the world, ”the legendary fast bowler noted.

Jones was part of the commentary panel in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). He was in Mumbai for his tenure when he suffered a major heart attack. Brett Lee reportedly tried to give him CPR, but to no avail.

“I believe he was a great man and as a coach he was brilliant. No coach can ever replace him in this world, ”said Akram. Jones played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia in his career.

The kings started their campaign against the Sultans

The Kings won five of their 10 matches in the league stage and finished second in the points table ahead of Multan Sultans. The Kings, captained by Imad Wasim, will play in Qualifier 1 against the Sultans at the National Stadium in Karachi on Saturday 14 November.

The team also likes Babar Azam And Mohammad Aamir, both of whom are exceptional for their national teams over the years.