KARACHI: Lahore Qalandars, perhaps the most preferred HBL Pakistan Super Organization franchise business for the cricketing masses, needed to suffer 4 years of broken heart on the trot given that the start of the T20 extravaganza as each period they were plunged in the last place.
Nonetheless, the year 2020 altered everything for the beleaguered Qalandars that not just received the playoffs yet likewise managed to go all the way to the last where they misinterpreted the pitch conditions at the National Stadium and also lost after the Covid-19 pandemic cruelly denied them the possibility of playing the decider in their hometown, Lahore.
Regardless of that trouble, Qalandars were not disgraced because it was a massive turn-around for the franchise business, which is owned by Fawad Rana, who is an incredibly popular figure and also had been through plenty of durations of tribulations as well as ecstasy all these years.
There is no rejecting that Lahore Qalandars will be one of the top challengers for the HBL PSL 6 title as well as would definitely like to make the playoffs– and also naturally, the final– for the second straight period and perhaps bask themselves in the best glory in front of ardent supporters at the Gaddafi Stadium on March 22.
Their team composition looks awesome, specifically on the bowling front with the treasured procurement of star Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan. The top-ranked T20 bowler on the planet makes the Qalandars’ bowling a lot more threatening this time around given that he would be operating alongside Pakistan rate spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi, that had actually been introduced as the vice-captain, and speedster Haris Rauf with Dilbar Hussain also in the assistance actors.
Sohail Akhtar might lack the personal appeal his all competing captains in the HBL PSL 6 enjoy yet his peaceful personally is just what Lahore Qalandars require with a star-studded squad that includes the prolific Mohammad Hafeez– who will certainly be heading right into the tournament after taking pleasure in a purple spot with the bat in Twenty20 Internationals in 2015– Fakhar Zaman and also Ben Dunk, the dashing wicket-keeper/batsman from Australia.
Team: Sohail Akhtar (captain), Shaheen Shah Afridi (vice-captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Rashid Khan, Fakhar Zaman, David Wiese Haris Rauf, Ben Dunk, Samit Patel, Dilbar Hussain, Salman Ali Agha, Tom Abell, Zeeshan Ashraf, Mohammad Faizan, Mohammad Zaid Alam, Maaz Khan, Joe Denly, Ahmed Daniyal
Backroom personnel: Aaqib Javed (head coach), Mansoor Rana (batting coach), Waqas Ahmed (bowling train), Shahzad Butt (fielding train), Nabeel Edgar Speed (expert), Paul Khoury (physio), Moeen Nadeem (trainer), Derek Sedgman (masseur), Simon Paul (masseur), Malang Ali (masseur), Sameen Rana (media supervisor).
Season M W L T NR/Abd SR Rank
2016 8 2 6 0 0 25.00 5th
2017 8 3 5 0 0 37.50 5th
2018 10 2 6 2 0 30.00 6th
2019 10 3 7 0 0 30.00 6th
2020 13 7 6 0 0 53.85 2nd
Overall 49 17 30 2 0 34.60 —
Opponents M W L T NR/Abd SR
Islamabad United 10 2 7 1 0 25.00
Karachi Kings 11 3 7 1 0 31.81
Multan Sultans 7 4 3 0 0 57.14
Peshawar Zalmi 11 3 8 0 0 27.27
Quetta Gladiators 10 5 5 0 0 50.00
Lahore Qalandars’ fixtures (all times PST)
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Feb 21: vs Peshawar Zalmi (Karachi, 2:00pm)
Feb 22: vs Quetta Gladiators (Karachi, 7:00pm)
Feb 26: vs Multan Sultans (Karachi, 3:00pm)
Feb 28: vs Karachi Kings (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 4: vs Islamabad United (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 6: vs Peshawar Zalmi (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 11: vs Quetta Gladiators (Lahore, 7:00pm)
March 12: vs Islamabad United (Lahore, 8:00pm)
March 13: vs Karachi Kings (Lahore, 7:00pm)
March 16: vs Multan Sultans (Lahore, 7:00pm)