Delhi Capitals appoint Saba Karim as head of talent search

The 53-year-old played 34 ODIs and 1 Test for India from 1997 to 2000.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 2 May 2021 5:34 pm

The ongoing season of Indian Premier League has produced some breathtaking action on the field. However, the off-field events have been equally dramatic in IPL 2021 with something or the other happening. From players leaving the bio-bubble midway through the season to franchises making some important announcements, it's been quite a busy season for everyone so far.

Delhi Capitals make another move

The Delhi franchise have had a real roller-coaster season so far. After finishing as runners-up last season, they suffered a major blow ahead of this year's edition with an injury to their skipper Shreyas Iyer. This is when DC made the first bold move and decided to hand over the captaincy to a young Rishabh Pant ahead of other experienced players like Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith. With so many other obstacles on their way as well, the team have managed to deal with them with heads held high and are currently placed second in the points table, with five wins in seven matches.

And now, they have made another exciting move as they have signed former Indian cricketer Saba Karim as their head of talent search. The 53-year-old has been involved in Indian cricket in some way or the other since his retirement in 2000. While he has served as the national selector from the East Zone, he has also been a part of BCCI as General Manager, Cricket Operations.

Speaking about the new role, Karim said, "I am very excited to begin my role as Talent Scout for the Delhi Capitals. The IPL has, over the years, unearthed so much talent, and continues to produce world class action. Delhi Capitals is an exciting team to work with, and I am looking forward to help them grow further."

Franchise's strong support staff

This move has certainly strengthened the support staff of Delhi Capitals as they take another big step towards winning their first IPL title. With people like Ricky Ponting, Mohammad Kaif and Pravin Amre already in the coaching setup, the experience of Saba Karim is certainly going to play a huge role in finding the best talents for the side. With a mega auction set to take place ahead of next season, the former Indian wicketkeeper could be the key member to help Delhi set up a championship-winning team in the next few years.