Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Energy, Dec 20, 2015.
Heard this for the first time.. nice song
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Hope they win it this year.
Favourite team on paper barring Umar Akmal Jahil
So you too have jumped the ship like @Passionate Pakistani ?
Solid team this year, they have all the bases covered, except for a solid batsman in the middle order to hold things together. Someone like Haris would be ideal for this team.
No I have not jumped, supporting Peshawar Zalmi but I like their owner and their players.
Want every team barring Karachi Gladiators and Punjab Kings to do well. Absolutely despise any team that has not taken the local talent of their own areas into consideration at all.
@Prince Pathan...wants Lahore to do well because they have lots of players from KPK...hates his own Zalmi team because its 'Punjab Zalmi'...what a joke.
Aik taraf Halal, doosri taraf Haraam.
Keep you ethnic fascism away from the PAKISTAN Super League please mate
lol this is an old song...nothing to do with Qalanders/PSL (good tune though)
Next people will put up videos of 'Lahore Lahore eh' song and attribute it as an 'official Qalanders PSL song' lol
McCullum ready to play ‘selfless, fearless’ cricket for Qalandars
ISLAMABAD: All through his cricketing career Lahore Qalandars captain Brendon McCullum has played with a fearlessness that only he could. When the kiwi veteran comes out to bat, no bowler is fast enough, no ground big enough for him to change his free-scoring style. He played his cricket with his trademark swagger, and it’s not going to change in the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Ahead of the February 22 kick-off, the message from McCullum is: “We’ll play selfless cricket, we’ll play fearless cricket and we hope we can make
our fans proud this year. We’ll try and do our absolute best to win.”
The Qalandars have been hapless in the opening two editions of the PSL, finishing bottom of the six-team tournament each time, albeit due to little fault of McCullum. While the franchise’s past record may not have been great, the 36-year-old is confident that things will be different in the upcoming season. “I think we’ve made some very, very good signings over the off-season,” said McCullum. “We’ve had a couple of disappointing years but maybe this is the year when we can stand up for the people of Lahore but also for those who support the Qalandars from all over the world.”
Serving as McCullum’s deputy during the 2018 PSL will be Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman, and the New Zealander seems very content with the choice the franchise has made. “I have a trusted ally in Fakhar Zaman, which is fantastic,” said McCullum. “He’s going to do great things as a leader as well.” McCullum also reserved praise for head coach Aqib Javed, saying: “He [Javed] has also been very prominent from the get-go. He does wonderful things all 12 months a year. To have him at the helm is really cool.”
I know it has nothing to do with lahore qalandars. Just posted it here. I ask for forgiveness for making such a blunder
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Sohail Khan, Shaheen Shah confident that Qalandars will conquer PSL
Lahore Qalandars pacer Sohail Khan on Monday said he is targeting team glory rather than individual accolades in the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL) season, which starts on February 22.
With 16 scalps to his name, Sohail, 33, was the leading wicket-taker of last year's PSL but his team, Karachi Kings, had failed to make the final for the second year running.
The veteran fast bowler, who was traded to the Qalandars during the off-season, says he has not set individual targets for himself for the upcoming PSL season but simply wants to help his side go all the way.
In an interview with DawnNews, Sohail said: "I was the best bowler [of the tournament] last year, but it didn't help my team. This year, I will [simply] try to help my team win."
Khan also appreciated the team management, claiming that there was no pressure on the players.
"The [positive] environment will definitely lead us to good results," he said.
The Qalandars' Shaheen Shah, a 17-year-old bowler who plays for the Pakistan Under-19 cricket team, expressed similar sentiments and said that the camaraderie between the players made "it fun to share the dressing room".
The Lahore Qalandars have lost 11 of the 16 matches they have played across the last two editions of the PSL. On both occasions, they finished bottom of the table.
This year, however, they head into the tournament with a blend of experience and youth. What makes the Qalandars stand out from the rest is their domestic talent-hunt programme which has unearthed potential future stars for Pakistan cricket.
The Qalandars have named Fakhar Zaman as vice-captain in their bid to groom the 27-year-old for a leadership role under the guidance of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.
The PSL kicks off on Feb 22 with last year's winners Peshawar Zalmi taking on the Multan Sultans in Dubai.
Will third time be the charm for Lahore Qalandars?
Grant Elliott's "bat drop" celebration after winning by one wicket PCB/PSL
Lahore Qalandars squad
Full squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Mustafizur Rahman, Umar Akmal, Anton Devcich, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah, Cameron Delport, Aamer Yamin, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Khan, Bilal Asif, Raza Hasan, Sohail Akhtar, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Gulraiz Sadaf, Imran Khan Jr, Salman Irshad
Likely XI: Brendon McCullum (capt), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Sohail Akhtar, Aamer Yamin, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Mustafizur Rahman, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Support staff: Aqib Javed (head coach), Kabir Khan (assistant coach), Atiq-uz-Zaman (fielding coach) Kyle Mills (bowling coach), Sameen Rana (team manager), Richard Stonier (fitness manager)
The first time could be dismissed as an accident, and Lahore Qalandars could argue that there was a steep learning curve to the art of mastering success in a T20 league. The 2017 season however, still showed Lahore panting at the wrong end of the curve, their race run before the knockout stages began. Simply put, the PSL, in its first two years, could not have gone worse for arguably the PSL's most high-profile team.
They have finished fifth - that's last - in both seasons. In a particularly forgiving format where four teams reach the next round, Lahore Qalandars' fans are the only ones not to have tasted knockout excitement.
The first season was simply a write-off, a wretched year in which they lost six games - five by wide margins - and thus never really got off the bottom. The second season had a much more vibrant buzz about it with T20 royalty in Brendon McCullum taking over as captain. They looked an improved side, but in the end still finished with only three wins in eight games. They missed out on the next round in heart-breaking style, with arch-rivals Karachi Kings knocking them out in a virtual playoff, with the Kings' Keiron Pollard smashing 10 off the last two balls to take his side through instead.
After the first season, Qalandars overhauled their entire squad, a blatant acknowledgment that they had got it wrong at the draft. This year, the have retained the core last year's team, and there seems to be a sense that with a bit more luck, they would have had more success last season. They have stuck by Brendon McCullum as captain, and also retained two more of their key foreign players in Sunil Narine and Cameron Delport, as well as locals Umar Akmal and Fakhar Zaman.
Jason Roy has been released to make room for Chris Lynn, meaning Qalandars' opening pair will, at least on paper, unquestionably be the most explosive. Mustafizur Rahman, though only partially available, will add further specialist T20 knowhow to the squad.
Lahore Qalandars are the Real Madrid of cricket; they don't do subtlety. Part of their strength - or so they'd hope - lies in the sheer glitz and glamour of their team sheet, with more and more "Galacticos" added each season. Lynn and Mustafizur are the freshest hot prospects this year, and it has to be said their squad looks far better balanced, both in terms of experience and youth, as well as explosiveness and maturity. McCullum is still one of T20 cricket's most sought-after names and an exceptionally intelligent captain. For big hitting, they have Lynn, Fakhar Zaman, and Anton Devcich - who was the Super Smash's highest run-scorer this year at a strike rate above 168.
In addition, two of the handiest T20 spinners will be wearing the green of Qalandars this year. Yasir Shah, becoming a better bowler all the time, and Narine, the Qalandars highest wicket=taker with an economy rate of 6.46 last season, are expected to be central to their side's prospects. Mustafizur and Mitchell McClenaghan are shrewd T20 specialists, while the retention of Sohail Khan and Bilawal Bhatti means Qalandars won't be short of local fast-bowling talent to adorn their team sheet.
Brendon McCullum creams the ball towards the off side Getty Images
The blinding shock and awe of the big names does a fairly cunning job of concealing holes in the Qalandars squad, of which unmistakeably there are some. McCullum, Zaman, Lynn and Devcich don't exactly do safety first, and the names on there to steady the ship should early wickets fall do not convince. Umar Akmal's stock has, you might have noticed, dropped sharply over the past year, with his chart-topping heroics of two years ago a decidedly distant memory. Denesh Ramdin has a T20I average of 16 at a strike rate of 115, and Qalandars would be on shaky ground if he was called upon to perform rescue acts too often. Besides those, there isn't much local batting heft to cushion the blow of a poor start, and the Qalandars will be relying heavily on their top order to repay the faith they placed in them at the draft.
As far as the bowling goes, the fast bowling appear slightly unremarkable. Mustafizur won't be able for the whole season, while McClenaghan had a rather underwhelming Big Bash League, and could be short on form and confidence.
Aamer Yamin, Bilawal and Sohail can all be handy in their own way, but they don't nearly possess the qualities some of their teammates do, and for a country spoilt on freakishly talented fast bowlers, Qalandars' fast bowling department is unlikely to get the blood pumping.
Key foreign player
Despite the presence of new superstars in the squad, this segment simply has to go to McCullum for the second successive year. Not so much because he's his side's best player necessarily. It's simply that there simply isn't another player whose performance will go as far to determine how successful their side is. McCullum at his best is a juggernaut, an unparalleled batsman, a peerless fielder, an unsurpassed captain and a superlative team motivator.
However, that is a big if nowadays. There are signs that the 36-year old is coming precipitously close to the end, and a distinctly average BBL - at least by his standards - only fanned the flames of that opinion. He scored 248 runs at 24.8 and a strike rate of 135, scoring 5 or fewer in four of ten games as his side finished second bottom. His performance at the PSL last year, too, was poor, with just 93 runs at 13.28. Lahore Qalandars will be hoping he can turn it around for what could be one last hurrah, because if he does, it'll be the other side of the table Qalandars will be focused on.
Under the radar
It is unusual to include a former international on this list, but then again, 25-year old Raza Hasan, who has played an ODI and 10 T20Is, has had anything but a usual career. Thrown into the international side at 20, he made his debut against Australia in Dubai, registering figures of 2-15 in four overs in a humbling defeat for the Australians, who were bowled out for 89. He later went to the World T20I, where he similarly impressed, and gushing reviews claimed he had the world at his feet.
However, all those hopes and promises unravelled in sad circumstances. He fell down the pecking order and struggled to keep up his form and fitness, with the nadir being a two-year ban in 2015 for testing positive for cocaine. He was spotted again by Aaqib Javed last year, who said he was struggling to even gain entry to the Gaddafi Stadium and was reduced to playing on the streets. Aaqib promised to get his career back on track, and drafted him into Qalandars squad. Who could begrudge him a successful second innings?
I just read that Rana sahab, the owner sang this. Really?
Doesn't sound like him at all... the accent and voice is very different to that of Rana Sb.
Very talented guy.. nice poetry and equally sung well.
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Qalandars two songs of last season were also awesome.
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These two were awesome
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^ wow amazing, go Lahore!
Should have had a professional singer sing it tbh, the song is nice but it kind of falls flat due to his limited vocal range.
btw... as was expected
Feel like banging my head on the wall.
Is there any good news these days?
Lynn also out of PSL
I’m not a Lahore fan but this is a loss for the PSL.
I think they should rope in Gayle.
Won't be available due to WC qualifiers.
They already have so many allrounders.Why did'nt Maxwell,Finch,Miller put up their name for PSL?They don't play tests hence free for all tournament as well.
Lynn suffers dislocated right shoulder
Chris Lynn's run of injury misfortune continued during the tri-series final at Auckland, after he suffered a dislocated right shoulder while diving in the field during New Zealand's innings.
Lynn, who left the field midway through the ninth over, suffered the injury while attempting to intercept a clip through midwicket from Ross Taylor.
Sprinting to his left, he reached for the ball with his right arm, in an apparent attempt to protect his troublesome left shoulder, on which he has undergone three bouts of surgery in recent seasons.
However, he appeared to jar his right arm on the turf, and it was later confirmed that he had popped the shoulder out of its socket. He did not reappear on the field after being sent for a scan.
Lynn had previously said he would avoid diving in the field in a bid to prevent any further shoulder problems.
"It's something that's played on my mind for about four years," he said. "Let's go one step at a time - I want to dive, there's no doubt about that, I want to do well and contribute.
"But at the moment, I don't want to have another setback because I feel like I'm making good ground."
They should take this opportunity and pick a solid middle-order batsman. There's no lack of firepower in this team but they could really use a steady hand in the line up.
told you he was a risk @Phenom @Del
Lahore Qalandars to play PSL 2018 final: Shoaib Akhtar
KARACHI: Former speedster and Pakistan Cricket Board’s ambassador Shoaib Akhtar said on Wednesday that Lahore Qalandars will perform well in the third edition of Pakistan Super League.
Talking to Geo.tv in Dubai, Akhtar said that I believe Lahore Qalandars will be one of the finalists in the third edition of PSL.
“Lahore Qalandars looks good and I believe they are going to play the final this time,” he said.
But he also had some advice to the Lahore Qalandars team.
“It’s good to be fearless but simultaneously you also need a method in the madness. It’s important that you play sensible cricket. Hard hitting is necessary but also you need stabilisers in the middle who can stand right till the end,” said Akhtar who’s also the mentor of Lahore Qalandars Team.
Replying to a question, Shoaib said that PSL is becoming a brand and its success is remarkable for Pakistan.
“PSL has given players to Pakistan, has also provided money to cricketers of the country, teams are growing and I won’t be surprised if there will be ten teams competing PSL in years to come,” he added.
“PSL is growing and it will grow more. Being former cricketers we need to help, support and protect this brand,” he noted.
He also highlighted the fact that PSL has given a platform to the national cricket as through it emerging players are given opportunities to excel at a big level.
When asked about his best players to watch out, Akhtar named: Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal and Shaheen Afridi.
“Umar is in good form, and I’m very impressed to see Kamran playing fearlessly batting at top and the young fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi is also very promising,” said Shoaib Akhtar.
Brendon 'Kiwi Qalandar' McCullum says hopes to 'make our fans proud'
DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars captain Brendon McCullum looks forward to an improved performance by his team in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Speaking ahead of his team's first match against new entrants Multan Sultan in the series, the New Zealand cricketer said not many teams from the world would match Qalandars.
“If you look at our line-up, batting, and bowling, there are not many teams in the franchises around the world which would match us,” McCullum said.
“I think it's a matter of how we gel in as a unit; I am confident we have the right environment to bring out from the guys,” he added.
McCullum — who is also known as the “Kiwi Qalandar” in the PSL fraternity — said his team would continue to play fearless cricket in PSL 3.
“I can guarantee that we will put everything we possibly could and will try to make our fans proud,” he said.
McCullum said his previous stint with the Qalandars was an exciting one when he got to know about Pakistan's ever-growing cricket scene.
“It is very different from the New Zealand culture and other cultures I am involved with. Last year, we made some new strides as a team,” he highlighted
“I understand a little bit more of how to get the most out of from the younger Pakistani guys and, maybe, trying to be more of an educational [mentor to] them,” he noted.
The third edition of PSL starts Thursday, with Peshawar Zalmi taking on Multan Sultans. The Qalandars, however, will kick off their campaign on Friday with an encounter against the Sultans.
Lahore Qalandar names Denesh Ramdin as replacement for injured Chris Lynn
The Lahore Qalandars, one of the side in the Pakistan Cricket Board’s T20 league Pakistan Super League got a major setback when their one of star overseas player Chris Lynn injured his shoulder during the final of Trans-Tasman Twenty20 Trophy against New Zealand. The Qalandars management has however decided to replace the unassuming Lynn with the more experienced Denesh Ramdin. The 32-year old’s wicketkeeping prowess will also come in handy for the Pakistan-based franchise.
Lynn dived to stop a single and looked in a lot of pain. He left the ground holding his wrist and never took the field in the game. Australia eventually won the rain-hit game and the tri-series trophy with England being the third team. Lynn was sent for scans which later revealed that he has dislocated his right shoulder.
Cricket Australia confirmed that the right-hander will not participate in the tournament and will return to Brisbane. Lynn was one of the highest paid players during the recently concluded IPL auction when he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders
West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin the replacement
As per Aalia Rasheed, an anchor working with Geo Television revealed that West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Denesh Ramdin will replace the injured Chris Lynn in the side who will start their campaign on Friday against Multan Sultan who are led by Shoaib Malik.
Interestingly, Qalandar’s captain Brendon McCullum was captain of Lynn in Big Bash League as well where the two together has demolished the bowling attacks a number of times. Lynn’s relationship with injuries is not new as the batter had earlier missed few games in the Big Bash as well because of injury. He got injured himself during last season’s IPL as well because of an injury while fielding.
Lynn was one of the marquee players of Lahore Qalandar’s team. Now the side will reply upon likes of McCullum, Sunil Narine, Mustafizur Rahman and Mitchell McClenaghan along with Pakistani players that include Umar Akmal, Fakhar Zaman ,and Yasir Shah.
Darren Sammy led Peshawar Zalmi will be defending their trophy as they start the tournament against Multan Sultans at Dubai International Cricket Stadium