Imad Wasim, Karachi Kings captain gives tribute to the contribution of the late Dean Jones to the franchise’s title win after they beat Lahore Qalandars to lift the Pakistan Super League trophy for the first time after five years.
Dean Jones died suddenly in Mumbai India, where he is been working as a broadcaster for the IPL, following a cardiac arrest in September at the age of 59. Having previously coached Islamabad United to two of the first three PSL titles, Jones was appointed as Karachi’s coach ahead of the fifth edition in March, which was abandoned immediately before the playoff stage due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dean Jones has a legendary figure at the PSL, usually seen writing notes in his famous red book in his team’s dugout. Karachi paid him tribute before their Qualifier against Multan Sultans, forming a ‘D’ shape on the outfield and perceiving a moment’s silence. They also carried a cardboard cut-out with them throughout the playoffs, with “We miss you!” inscribed on its side.
Speaking in the post-match presentation after hitting the winning runs, Imad recognized the contribution that Dean Jones had made to the franchise, as well as thanking Wasim Akram who walked in as his replacement during the playoffs for his role.