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Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars (Urdu: لاہور قلندرز‬‎; Punjabi: لہور قلندرز‬; acronym LQ) is a Pakistani professional cricket franchise which plays in the Pakistan
Pakistan
Super League. The home ground of the team is Gaddafi Stadium. It nominally represents the city of Lahore
Lahore
in the league.[1][2] The team is owned by Qatar Lubricants Company Limited (QALCO). The team is currently captained by Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum
and coached by Aqib Javed, a former Pakistani cricketer. Fakhar Zaman is team's vice-captain. [3] Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars was the second most expensive franchise and was one of the few teams sold to an international company. [4] Fawad Rana is the owner of the team. Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
is the leading run-scorer [5] and Sunil Narine is the leading wicket-taker for the side.[6]

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 2016 season 1.2 2017 season 1.3 2018 season

2 Team identity 3 Current squad 4 Management and coaching staff 5 Captains 6 Result summary

6.1 Overall result in PSL 6.2 Head-to-head record

7 Statistics

7.1 Most runs 7.2 Most wickets

8 Awards and achievements 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Franchise history[edit] In 2015, the Pakistan
Pakistan
Cricket
Cricket
Board (PCB) announced that the inaugural season of the Pakistan
Pakistan
Super League (PSL) would take place in February 2016 in the United Arab Emirates.[7] On 3 December 2015, the PCB unveiled the owners of five city-based franchises. The Lahore franchise was sold to the Qatar Lubricants Company for US$24 Million for a span of ten years,[8][9] making it the second most expensive team of PSL (after the Karachi
Karachi
Kings, which sold for US$26 million).[7][8] In 2016, under Players Development Program (PDP), the Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars franchise organised "Jazz Rising Stars" trials across eight Pakistani cities, to identify upcoming youth talent. Shortlisted players would travel to Australia
Australia
and train with Sydney Thunder, while the top two performers would get the opportunity to play for the Qalandars.[10] During the programme an ambidextrous fast bowler, Yasir Jan from Rawalpindi, was identified by former Pakistan
Pakistan
fast bowler Aqib Javed.[11] 2016 season[edit] See also: Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars in 2016

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
finished as the leading run-scorer in 2016 season with 335 runs in seven matches.

After drafting star players such as Chris Gayle, Umar Akmal, Dwayne Bravo, Azhar Ali and Yasir Shah in the initial player draft, Qalandars started the tournament with two consecutive losses against Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi.[12][13][14] Their first victory came against Quetta Gladiators. The team won only two of their eight group stage matches, although they could still have qualified for the play-off section of the tournament if they had won their final group game against Islamabad United. A loss by five wickets saw Qalanders finish last in the first edition of the. Despite playing only seven games, Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
was the highest run scorer of the tournament and won the 'Best Batsman' award for his 335 runs with four fifties. During the finals, Qalandars were given the "Spirit of The Game" award for showing the best sportsmanship throughout the tournament and "Fair play award".[15] 2017 season[edit] See also: Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars in 2017 Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars icon player in first season of the PSL Chris Gayle was traded for Sohail Tanvir of the Karachi Kings
Karachi Kings
don the off-season trade window.[16] Sohaib Maqsood was also traded for Aamer Yamin of Peshawar Zalmi.[17] In September 2016, the team also signed New Zealand's former captain Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum
as their new captain during the off-season.[18] During the 2017 PSL players draft, Lahore
Lahore
picked a number of new players, including bowlers Yasir Shah and Sunil Narine. The team retained players such as Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali and Dwayne Bravo. Later Dwayne Bravo and Anton Devcich were replaced with Jason Roy
Jason Roy
and James Franklin while Shaun Tait
Shaun Tait
was replaced with Chris Green. [19] In their opening game of the 2017 season, Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars lost a closely fought match to the Quetta Gladiators. In pursuit of 137, they managed 128 before being bowled out in the penultimate over.[20] The team bounced back in the next match by beating defending champions, Islamabad United. A partnership of 71 runs between Jason Roy
Jason Roy
and Umar Akmal set up the Qalandar's chase of 159 before a quick cameo of 26(12) by Sunil Narine finished the game.[21] However, in the following game, against Peshawar Zalmi, the Qalandars collapsed to 59 all-out inside 11 overs - the second shortest innings in T20 cricket history.[22] But, Yasir Shah took 4 wickets for 7 runs in the defense to almost take his team to victory before the Zalmis prevailed by 3-wickets.[23] As the tournament progressed to Sharjah, the Qalandars registered their second win on the trot. That too against arch-rivals, Karachi Kings. The match was hard-fought between the two sides before the Qalandars prevailed by 7 runs in the final over. Fakhar Zaman, who was also adjudged man-of-the-match, set up his team's target of 180 through his quick-fire innings of 56(36).[24] But in the next game, against Quetta Gladiators, the Qalandars were unable to defend a target of 201 despite being in control for most of the match. They allowed 78 runs to be leaked from the last 3.5 overs to end up on the losing side.[25] However, following this loss, the Qalandars managed to win against Islamabad United
Islamabad United
by 1-wicket in a tense contest that saw them chase 146 runs in 19.3 overs. Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
anchored his team's innings by scoring 66 off 42 balls before Grant Elliott
Grant Elliott
finished the chase with a six over midwicket.[26] As the tournament shifted back to Dubai, the Qalandars suffered back to back defeats against Peshawar Zalmi
Peshawar Zalmi
and arch-rivals, Karachi
Karachi
Kings. Against the Zalmis, the team couldn't chase down 167 after a drastic collapse from 38-1 to 43-6 and fell short by 17 runs.[27] Following this, the Qalandars lost a must-win game against the Kings by 5-wickets. After putting up a respectable target of 156 on board, the team leaked 14-runs from the final over - including sixes on the last two balls to end up on the losing side.[28] These two loses meant that the Qalandars finished at the bottom of the table after the league stage and were, in return, knocked out from the play-off proceedings for the second consecutive year.[29] 2018 season[edit] See also: Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars in 2018 The Qalandars lost the first three games of the season, against Multan Sultans, Quetta Gladiators
Quetta Gladiators
and, arch-rivals[30][31], Karachi
Karachi
Kings respectively - suffering major batting collapses in each. In the match against the Sultans, they went from 132-4 to 136 all-out, thus falling short in their chase of 180 by 43 runs.[32] While against the Gladiators, they could not build on the excellent start they got. They were 60-2 in the fifth over but could only manage 59 runs in the remaining 15 overs to finish at 119-9. In reply, the Gladiator won by 9 wickets.[33] In the match against the Kings, Qalandars were set a hefty target of 160 runs. They got off to a great start and were 68 for 1 in 6 overs before losing several wickets in quick succession during the middle overs to end up 27 runs short.[34] As the league stage shifted to Sharjah, the team's fortunes did not change and they lost a closely fought match to Islamabad United. In pursuit of a below-par target of 122 runs, the Qalandars were on course for an easy win at 77-2 in the 12th over, before losing wickets in quick succession to end up at 115-9. A penultimate ball six from debutant, Salman Irshad, leveled the scores before the team got all-out the next ball, instigating a Super Over. Batting first in the one-over eliminator, the Qalandars set a target of 16 runs, which the United achieved via a last-ball six.[35] The Qalanders continued with their losing streak in the next game against Peshawar Zalmi. Batting first, the Qalanders once again suffered a batting collapse and went from 56-0 to 100 all-out. In reply, the Zalmis made the target with all 10 wickets intact - the first such instance in PSL's history. This loss effectively ended Lahore's chances for a playoff berth, making them the first team to be eliminated from the second stage of the tournament.[36] Team identity[edit] The Lahore
Lahore
franchise was launched on 12 December 2015 by owner Fawad Rana. The "Q" in the Qalandars was linked to both represent both Qatar and QALCO[37] and Rana added that the name was chosen to highlight the Sufi culture of Lahore
Lahore
– "Qalandar" is a common term used in Pakistan
Pakistan
to describe Sufi mystics or saints whose shrines attract millions of devotees and tourists.[38] The team's logo features a Sufi performing the famous Sufi whirling
Sufi whirling
with three stumps to his right and a cricket ball in the bottom, and is meant to represent the Sufi culture of the region[39] The Qalandars' kit colors in first season was red and black Qalandars launched new kits ahead of second season,with the red turning green at grand musical event. [40] Mobilink
Mobilink
was the team's first shirt sponsor and the title sponsor. [41] Alkaram, a Textile Mill situated in Karachi, was announced as another sponsor[41] and the media partner of the team is Geo Tv. Royal Palm is team's hospitality partner. The anthem of the team in 2016 season was "Dama Dam Mast" released in two versions; one by Asrar and other by Nabeel Shaukat Ali.[42] The official song for 2017 season "Dama Dam Mast Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars" was sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali.[43][44] Famous Film star Shaan is team's brand ambassador for 2017 season.[45]

Year Kit Manufacturer Front Branding Back Branding Chest Branding Sleeve Branding

2016 Millat Sports Jazz Al-Karam Textiles Geo News QALCO, Mobilink

2017 QALCO, Huawei, Royal Palm

2018 Ecostar Gree Bank of Punjab, ZXMCO, Royal Palm

Current squad[edit] This section is transcluded from 2018 Pakistan
Pakistan
Super League squads. (edit history)

Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars

No. Name Nat. Birth date Bat Bowl Contract signed year Salary Notes

Batsmen

12 Cameron Delport

(1989-05-12) 12 May 1989 (age 28) L R medium 2016 25,000 Overseas

39 Fakhar Zaman

(1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 27) L L orthodox spin 2017 70,000

42 Brendon McCullum

(1981-09-27) 27 September 1981 (age 36) R R medium 2017 70,000 Captain; Overseas

50 Chris Lynn

(1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 27) R slow L orthodox 2018 140,000 Overseas

77 imamuihaq

(1986-03-02) 2 March 1986 (age 32) R R medium 2018 25,000

All-rounders

23 Agha Salman

(1993-11-23) 23 November 1993 (age 24) R R off break 2018

28 Anton Devcich

(1985-09-28) 28 September 1985 (age 32) L Slow L orthodox 2018

Overseas

30 [samiasim]]

(1985-09-24) 24 September 1985 (age 32) R R off break 2018 50,000

34 Aamer Yamin

(1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 27) R R medium fast 2017 25,000

80 Bilawal Bhatti

(1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 26) R R fast 2017 25,000

69 Angelo Mathews

(1987-06-02) 2 June 1987 (age 30) R R medium 2018

Overseas

99 Salman Irshad

(1995-03-12) 12 March 1995 (age 23) R R fast 2018 10,000

Wicket-keepers

15 Gulraiz Sadaf

(1989-12-27) 27 December 1989 (age 28) R — 2018 25,000

80 Denesh Ramdin

(1985-03-13) 13 March 1985 (age 33) R — 2018

Overseas

96 Umar Akmal

(1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 27) R R off spin 2016 140,000

Bowlers

10 Shaheen Afridi

(2000-04-06) 6 April 2000 (age 18) L L fast 2018 10,000

14 Sohail Khan

(1984-03-06) 6 March 1984 (age 34) R R fast 2018 50,000

27 Ghulam Mudassar

(1999-10-20) 20 October 1999 (age 18) R L fast medium 2018 10,000

56 Kyle Abbott

(1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 30) R R fast medium 2018

Overseas

63 Imran Khan

(1988-07-14) 14 July 1988 (age 29) R L medium fast 2018 25,000

74 Sunil Narine

(1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 29) L R off spin 2017 140,000 Overseas

81 Mitchell McClenaghan

(1986-06-11) 11 June 1986 (age 31) L L fast medium 2018

Overseas

86 Yasir Shah

(1986-05-02) 2 May 1986 (age 31) R leg spin 2016 50,000

90 Mustafizur Rahman

(1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 22) L L fast 2018 70,000 Overseas

888 Raza Hasan

(1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 25) R slow L orthodox 2018 25,000

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle
was the icon Player of Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars in first season

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum
is the captain of Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars in the second season

Name Position

Fawad Rana (QALCO) Owner

Rana Atif CEO

Rana Sameen COO & Manager

Aqib Javed Head coach/Director[3]

Kabir Khan Assistant coach

Atiq-uz-Zaman Fielding coach

Shoaib Akhtar Bowling mentor[46]

Inzamam-ul-haq Batting consultant & Icon

Kyle Mills Technical/Tactical Advisor

John Gloster Physio

Richard Stonier Fitness Trainer

Captains[edit]

No. Nat. Player From To Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR %

1

Azhar Ali 2016 2016 7 3 6 0 0 0 28.57

2

Dwayne Bravo 2016 2016 1 0 1 0 0 0 00.00

3

Brendon McCullum 2017 present 18 5 11 1 1 0 33.33

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 16 March 2018 Result summary[edit] Overall result in PSL[edit]

Year Pld Won Loss Tie&W Tie&L NR SR(%) Position Summary

2016 8 2 6 0 0 0 25.00 5/5 Group Stage

2017 83 43 25 50 50 06 37.50 5/5 champions

2018 10 3 6 1 1 30 30.00 6/6 Champions

Total 26 7 17 1 1 0 30.76 - 0 Titles

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 16 March 2018 Head-to-head record[edit]

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR SR%

Islamabad United 2016–present 6 2 3 0 1 0 41.66

Karachi
Karachi
Kings 2016–present 6 1 4 1 0 0 25.00

Multan Sultans 2018–present 2 1 1 0 0 0 50.00

Peshawar Zalmi 2016–present 6 1 5 0 0 0 16.66

Quetta Gladiators 2016–present 6 2 4 0 0 8 33.33

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 16 March 2018 Statistics[edit] Most runs[edit]

Nat. Player From To Matches Innings Runs Average HS 100 50

Umar Akmal 2016 present 20 20 556 32.70 93 0 5

Fakhar Zaman 2017 present 18 18 454 25.22 94 0 2

Cameron Delport 2016 present 14 13 327 27.25 78 0 3

Brendon McCullum 2017 present 18 17 311 20.73 44 0 0

Mohammad Rizwan 2016 2017 16 12 233 25.88 50* 0 1

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 17 March 2018 Most wickets[edit]

Nat. Player From To Matches Overs Wickets Average BBI 4w 5w

Sunil Narine 2017 present 17 66.0 20 20.55 3/28 0 0

Yasir Shah 2017 present 18 66.0 20 22.20 4/7 1 0

Sohail Tanvir 2017 2017 8 29.5 10 25.10 2/24 0 0

Sohail Khan 2018 present 7 25.4 8 28.25 3/34 0 0

Zafar Gohar 2016 2016 5 12.2 7 14.57 4/14 1 0

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last Updated: 17 March 2018 Awards and achievements[edit]

2016 Pakistan
Pakistan
Super League League

Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
declared best batsman of the Pakistan
Pakistan
Super league 2016 with 335 Runs in 7 matches Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars received tournament's Spirit of Cricket
Cricket
award Achieved second highest score of the tournament's first edition with 201 Runs in 20 Overs Team had Best Run Rate in the tournament

2017 Pakistan
Pakistan
Super League League

Achieved second highest score of the tournament's second edition with 200 Runs in 20 Overs

See also[edit]

Pakistan
Pakistan
Super League portal

List of Pakistan
Pakistan
Super League anthems

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official website Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars on Facebook Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars on Twitter Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars channel on YouTube Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars on Instagram Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars on Snapchat

v t e

Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars

Home ground

Gadaffi Stadium

Captains

Azhar Ali (2016) Dwayne Bravo (2016) Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum
(2017–present)

Coaches

Paddy Upton (2016–present)

Seasons

2016 2017 2018

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Lahore
Lahore
Qalandars – current squad

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum
(c, †) 2 Fakhar (vc) 3 Devcich 4 Narine 5 U Akmal (†) 6 Gulraiz (†) 7 Delport 8 Khan 9 Yasir 10 Lynn 11 Akhtar 12 McClenaghan 13 Agha 14 Shaheen Afridi 15 Yamin 16 Ghulam Mudassar 17 Mustafizur 18 Raza 19 Bilal 20 Imran 21 Salman

Head Coach: Aaqib Javed Assistant Coach: Kabir Khan

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2016 2017 2018

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Venues

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Players Captains Umpires

Anthems

Ab Khel Ke Dikha Ab Khel Jamay Ga Dil Se Jaan Laga De

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2017 spot-fixing case

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