One of its kind teams, the Lahore Qalandars are in domestic cricket as Pakistani team in International cricket. They had been at last position since PSL started but PSL2020 came with its own hopes and enthusiasm. Umer Saif who is CEO of Survey Auto and Chief Digital Officer at Jang group said in one of his Facebook posts, which truly depicts the emotions of supporters of Lahore Qalandars.PSL5 and Performance of Lahore Qalandars
“As if the affliction of supporting the unpredictable Pakistan cricket team is not enough, I am, naturally, a supporter of Lahore Qalandars …
خدا کا واسطہ ہے یار ، اس دفعہ کچھ جیت جاؤ ۔۔۔”, God forbid, Win this time……, भगवान ना करे, इस बार जीतें … “
Owner of Lahore Qalandars Fawad Rana:
As we all know about the very famous Fawad Rana who is managing director of Doha based QALCO and owner of Lahore qalandars in past PSLs, once again didn’t give up on his team which brought him no results in past and he has also been trolled previously due to his sad reactions on the performance of the team but also the fans showed warmth and love for the owner for his efforts of promoting new talent in Pakistani cricket. He was labeled as a true patriot and has a separate fan base and became popular for the consistent support he shows for his team and always there for them cheering them. This time he was found absent in the matches and the fans started having the concern but Geo News confirmed that he was in Canada for business purposes hence he has not lost any interest in his team and cricket calming down the fans.PSL5 and Performance of Lahore Qalandars
Team Management of Lahore Qalandars for PSL5:
Team management in PSL 2020 as we saw was not all bad. The team worked on improving their positions but also Qalandars faced criticism for including Fakhar and Sohail as an opener in starting games but in later matches, we saw a great and sensible performance by Sohail.
Aaqib Sarwar who is a former Pakistani cricketer served as a coach for Lahore Qalandars in PSL2020 while Sohail Akhtar was appointed as captain. The other players included Fakhar Zaman(batsman), Mohammad Hafeez(All-rounder), David Wiese(all-rounder), Shaheen Shah Afridi(Shaheen Shah Afridi), Usman Khan Shinwari(bowler), Sohail Akhtar(all-rounder), Haris Rauf(bowler), Salman Butt(batsman), Chris Lynn(batsman), Samit Patel( bowler), Seekuge Prasanna(all-rounder), Ben Dunk(batsman), Farzan Raja(bowler), Jahid Ali(batsman), Mohammad Faizan(batsman), Lendl Simmons(batsman), Dilbar Hussain(bowler).
Business Strategy of Lahore Qalandars in PSL5:
Lahore Qalandars host the second most populated and biggest city of Pakistan hence attracting the locals. Their logo and name describes the culture of Lahore by portraying a qalandar posing in “Raqs” and behind him are some dismantled cricket stumps and bails in the air, at the bottom we see the ball hence the logo is quite attractive and pulls the attention of viewers toward it. The tag line of the team is written below that is “Dama dam Mast”. They release their team anthems each year to fill the fans with energy and zeal.
Even though the team has been very unlucky lately but they always work hard on their marketing strategy. Previously Shan Shahid has been working as the brand ambassador of PSL till PSL4 but Qalandars decided to change their ambassador and give the position to Shaheen Afridi who is a fast bowler and doing great in the field till now. Shaheen is also loved by people is promoting the spirit of cricket for Qalandars. He had shown amazing skills with the ball and this time worked as brand ambassador for Qalandars.
Selection Strategy Of Lahore Qalandars in PSL5:
Lahore Qalandars is one of the franchises that is owned by an international company. They hire well-known international players each year. This year they signed a contract with few very famous and leading names in cricket. Here is the list of the foreign players that played in PSL 2020:
- David Wiese
- Chris Lynn(Australia)
- Samit Patel(England)
- Sekkuge Prasanna(Sri Lanka)
- Ben Dunk(Australia)
- Lendl Simmons(West Indies)
Muhammad Hafeez led the team in PSL2019 and there were speculations of making him the captain till team announced Sohail Akhtar as Qalandars captain for PSL2020 who had previously served the role of middle-order power hitter quite well. Team also won Abudhabi T20 trophy under his captaincy. The team picked Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Akhtar and Haris Sohail which are some solid players. Lahore had selected David Weise and Hardus Viljoen for the period when Corey Anderson and Carlos Brathwaite were not available. Chris Lynn finally made his way to PSL debut and comes to the Qalandars having recently overtaken Aaron Finch to become the leading run-scorer. He is a striker with an amazing hitting pace.
The team’s main tool will be amazing local steamers, with youngsters like Shaheen Afridi with the task of leading the attack alongside Pakistan teammates Haris Rauf and Usman Shinwari. Veterans like David Wiese, Samit Patel, and Mohammad Hafeez also complement the pace trio well. Ben Dunk and Chris Lynn also offer the Qalandars a good amount of big-hitting potential at the start of the innings, ranking among the most productive openers in the history of their domestic cricket.
Talent hunt Programs of Lahore Qalandars in PSL5:
Lahore Qalandar emphasizes on bringing young talent forward. For this purpose, they run their separate talent hunt programs every year to bring some raw talent out of the streets of Pakistan. They have invented a player development program that provides the platform to youth to showcase their talent. Even though they have not achieved a lot in PSL but they had been successful in introducing a few good names in bowling and batting.
Players of Lahore Qalandars for current tournaments:
The current squad for Lahore Qalandars includes David Wiese(all-rounder), Usman Khan Shinwari(bowler), Salman Butt(batsman), Chris), Farzan Raja(bowler), Jahid Ali(batsman), Mohammad Faizan(batsman), Dilbar Hussain(bowler).
Some of the key players of Lahore Qalandars in PSL5:
1.Sohail Akhtar (captain)
Sohail Akhtar is Pakistani all-rounder who is selected as captain of Qalandars for PSL5. He is also retained in the team.
Shaheen Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer who serves as a fast bowler for a Pakistani cricket team. He is also retained in Lahore Qalandars.
3.Ben Dunk (wk, AUS)
Ben Dunk is an Australian Cricketer who played for the Australia International team. He is a wicket-keeper and batsman. Dunk is a left-handed batsman. He appeared in PSL first time in 2019 as a team member of Karachi Kings. Now in PSL 2020, PSL5 and Performance of Lahore Qalandars, he was picked by Lahore qalandars.
Hafeez is a famous Pakistani cricketer who is a top all-rounder and right-handed batsman. He mostly play as an opener
5.Chris Lynn (AUS)
Chris Lynn is an Australian player who had played for the Australian international team. He is a top-order batsman. He appeared for in PSL for the first time and signed with Lahore Qalandars.
6.Samit Patel (ENG)
Samit Patel is an English player who played for the England National team. He is also an all-rounder, right-handed batsman, and slow left-arm bowler. From 2018 to 2019 he was in Islamabad United Squad. Now in PSL 2020, he is in Lahore Qalandars Squad.PSL5 and Performance of Lahore Qalandars
7.Seekkuge Prasanna (SL)
Sekkuge is a Sri Lankan cricketer who had played for the Sri Lanka International team. His role in the team is a bowler and all-rounder. Sekkuge is a right-handed batsman and right-arm leg-break bowler. He joined PSL for the first time in 2020 and became the team member of Lahore Qalandars.PSL5 and Performance of Lahore Qalandars
8. Haris Rauf
Haris is Pakistani right haded fast bowler who gained fame after a hi heroic performance in BBL(Big Bash League) where he took 16 wickets in 7 games.
9.David Wiese (SA)
He is South African cricketer who had played for their international team. He is an all-rounder. He is a right-handed batsman and fast-medium bowler. He became part of PSL in 2018 as a part of Karachi Kings but then signed with Qalandars in 2019. He is retained for PSL 2020.
Fakhar is a left-handed batsman. He became the first batsman who scored a double century in a one-day international match previously. He is also retained in the team.
Performance of Lahore Qalandars in current editions:
Lahore Qalandar played their first match with Multan sultans, the match was won by sultans by 5 wickets. This was an easy victory for sultans as qalandars made mere 138 runs. the second match was with Islamabad where United won the toss and decided to bowl, even though qalandars played well and thee hopes went high for their fans but United’s played well too so it was again a loss for qalandars even after making good 182.the third match of the season was with Peshawar Zalmi. Lahore won the toss and decided to bowl, Zalmi made 132 runs in this 12 over the match but again it was a loss. So three matches lost if Qalandars still wanted to stay in-game they had to do something extraordinary. Quetta Gladiators won the toss and decided to bowl, this time Ben Dunk came to action and made 93 runs from 43 balls, Salman Irshad, on the other hand, took 4 wickets of gladiators and hence Qalandars won the first match of the series. Gladiators lost their second game to Qalandars pathetically by getting out at just 98 runs. On the other hand, Qalandars lost their second match with United’s again. The second match with Zalmi was sensational to its core and was not sure till the second last ball when Qalandars needed 4runs on the last two ball and it ended with a great six by Lynn. With Karachi, Lahore won the first match and lost the second match. The second match with sultans was in favour of Qalandars. Hence Qalandars has improved a lot in the current series of PSL.
The series got suspended by PCB due to the pandemic of covid19.
Suggestions for Lahore Qalandars:
The Qalandars had been in a very weak spot since the PSL’s launch, with the last position, the fifth-place until the addition of Multan Sultans in 2017 they shifted to new sixth-place again atlast of all teams. Fakhar Zaman and Chris Lynn are already struggling for form and the side’s batting weaknesses was exposed once again. Their average innings score with the bat had been the lowest in the PSL in the last two seasons – 140 in 2018 and 142 in 2019, compared to the league average first-innings score of 152 in that time and resources look unspectacular for the openers like Salman Butt and Mohammad Hafeez.The team should look at better openers and put someone else instead of Fakhar as he is not performing well and replace him by a batsman who can sustain for a longer period of time.
Lahore Qalandar played a total of 10 matches in PSL 2020 and won 5/10, not bad as compared to their previous performances. Lahore qalandar rests on 3rd position right now before former two winner teams Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi. Now reached semi-finals and had a match with Karachi kings that got delayed. So here we saw Lahore Qalandars came forward as the most thrilling and unpredictable team of PSL and hoping that Qalandars will improve themselves more and will keep bringing new talent to the ground.
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