Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Energy, Dec 20, 2015.
Good luck Qalandar. I hope they win today
McCullum sheds precious blood, sweat and tears for Lahore
Sharjah: Brendon McCullum, the skipper of the Lahore Qalandars, did everything possible as a player and captain but his team still lost all four matches in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League.
McCullum had been fighting a lone battle in almost all the matches. In the match that ended in a Super Over on Friday, McCullum opened the innings and fought but was run out as the ninth batsmen for 34.
He had kept the hopes alive for his team through knocks of 30 against Quetta Gladiators and 44 against Karachi Kings.
The disappointment at trying hard and yet not winning was visible on his face.
Distraught after almost seeing his team to the target and losing the match in the super over, McCullum said: “It is never nice losing and we are very disappointed in the change room.”
If not for McCullum being run out, Lahore may have won the match.
“It was a difficult wicket and as a leader you’ve got to take some responsibility and take the game deep.”
He then went on to sportingly appreciate opponents Islamabad for their fighting spirit.
“You have to credit the opposition, [Mohammad] Sami and [Andre] Russell bowled really well. Misbah [ul Haq] led superbly too. Mustafizur and Sunil Narine were our two options for the super over. It wasn’t turning as much as it was in the first innings and hence we chose Mustafizur, who is one of the best in the death overs.”
McCullum, alongside 24-year-old Aga Salman, who hit 48 runs, had almost pulled the team to victory.
A disappointed Salman said: “My partnership with McCullum was very good. It had created a nice momentum. I won’t be able to sleep for many days having lost this close match.”
Pakistan cricket has often fired captains who do not win matches. Since McCullum has not been wining matches for Lahore, despite his best of efforts, a journalist queried Lahore’s management about McCullum’s captaincy.
However, Sameen Rana, Lahore team manager and chief operating officer, quickly jumped to the defence of the team’s captain saying: “McCullum is a good captain. There is no doubt about it. In fact, we are lucky to have him as captain. McCullum today played selfless cricket against his natural style and tried to stay until the end for the team.”
This Lahore team is sign of everything that is wrong with Pakistan cricket. Brainless batting, lack of singles, batting collapses out of the blue. They need to just go back to having 5 teams and chuck Lahore out lol
Despondent Aqib Javed says never seen batting failure like this in over 30 years
SHARJAH: Aqib Javed, the head coach of Lahore Qalandars, said Saturday he had never seen such a failure in batting, over and over in the same way, during his over 30-year-long association with cricket.
Having suffered from their fifth consecutive defeat, this time at the hands of Peshawar Zalmi, which further fuelled the Twitterati to make Qalandars the butt of most jokes, the team seemed to bowl better but continued to lag behind in batting.
In a press conference following their humiliating loss, the 14th match of the Pakistan Super League's (PSL) third season, Javed looked quite despondent with the team's performance.
A match or two later, one hopes for a better game — similar to how Qalandars played yesterday — but the team put on a terrible show tonight, he said.
According to the coach, the Qalandars have been dealing with the same issue in every match and "everyone knows what it is". Nevertheless, there are five more matches remaining in the series, he noted, adding that his team would try to excel.
In response to a question about whether a stricter attitude with the squad would bump up their game, Javed said that was not the case.
"The coaches of the national team can conduct themselves differently because it is with the team as a whole; in events such as the PSL, however, the same does not hold true since the cricketers play four or five different leagues throughout the year, thereby reducing the coaches' role to only management."
The team begins well but none of the top-order batsmen manages to bag a good score during the innings. "At least one of them needs to convert that good start-off into 70 or more runs," Javed commented.
The same story replayed today.
"You expect senior players — such as Brendon McCullum, Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, and Denesh Ramdin — to take responsibility," he stated in a disheartened fashion.
"Fakhar Zaman oughts to change his style once the power play concludes," he noted.
"We brought him against Liam Dawson in today's match so that he would be able to strike a major shot."
The players need to rev up their game in order to win, Javed observed, explaining that victory cannot be achieved by a team that has no batsmen to play longer innings.
"When the opposing team is chasing a 100-run target, your bowlers look quite … average."
Every team plays tirelessly to make a comeback, the head coach said, with a dash of reluctant motivation.
"So, we will have our eyes set on the win when we enter the pitch for the Qalandars' sixth match."
Unhappy fan puts ‘Lahore Qalandars’ up for sale on eBay
LAHORE: An unhappy fan of Lahore Qalandars, Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise, put the whole team up for sale on eBay, an e-commerce website.
The mock ad titled ‘Lahore Qalandars PSL T20 Team’ mentions the product condition as “for parts or not working”. The seller jokes in one note saying “Looks like all the parts are there, but won’t run properly”.
The ‘PSL’ brand offering under ‘Qalandar’ model exhibits a starting bid of just $1.
In the product description, the ad poster makes it clear that the team has no warranty, it is three-year-old, and that all offers will be considered.
It says, “Only 3 years old, however it is out of warranty. Requires some love and attention to return to good working order. I have receipts for all of the parts.”
The team is said to run on the New-Zealand engine, hinting skipper Brendon McCullum who appears to be fighting alone in the batting lineup.
“Unfortunately, I brought the wrong ones. You may be able to return the Umar Akmal if you still have the tags,” cautions the seller. It is told that Akmal can “even run on grapes”.
So far, Lahore Qalandars have lost all their matches in PSL 2018. They are on the bottom of the table with five losses, one each against every franchise.
So it seems Lahore is now all down and dusted. They will have to get back next year with new team management.
Is it something like 5 or 6 wins in the history of the tournament for Lahore?
Qalandars' Delport leaves for South Africa after family tragedy
DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars’ South African all-rounder Cameron Delport is likely to miss most of his remaining PSL matches after the death of his mother in South Africa.
An official of Lahore Qalandars told Geo.tv that Delport’s mother passed away on Monday and the South African cricketer is set to leave for Durban to attend the funeral of his mother.
“It is with deep personal regret that I inform you that Cameron Delport’s mother has passed away today. Let us pray for the departed soul and for the bereaved family members,” said the team's COO and manager Sameen Rana.
“Cameron will be leaving to Durban for the funeral tomorrow and will not be available for the next game,” he added.
Lahore Qalandars are currently struggling at bottom of the points table after losing all five matches and they next play Islamabad United on Thursday afternoon in Dubai.
It’s still unclear whether Delport would return to UAE to join Lahore Qalandars for the later part of the tournament.
“We aren’t sure about that, we will see about that when the time comes,” Rana said.
Really sad news. Thoughts are with Delport and his family
VERY said news
Thoughts go out to him and his family
Sad news indeed for Delport and prayers for the departed soul.
Lahore’s performance is now hurting the PSL
Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way: the Lahore Qalandar’s neon green uniform is hideous. It seems like nobody wants to talk about it at all. And while say the Karachi Kings are not exactly fashion icons in their electric blue and kindergarten red, they also don’t actively look .
But it seems that looking bad is exactly what Lahore was going for when picking out their outfits. Of course, at the end of the day, it ends up being quite poetic that the Qalandars look almost as bad as they’re playing. Perhaps the only thing worse in the tournament than Lahore’s outfit is their cricket. It’s almost as if by the time the team steps out onto the outfield to play, they’re allo so self-conscious of what they’re wearing that they just can’t seem to focus on actually playing cricket.
Maybe that’s why nobody wants to talk about how ugly Lahore’s clothes are. They’re just too busy talking about how bad the team is playing. For sure there must be some fashion critic somewhere just waiting for Lahore to win a game so they can have the room to jump on their silly outfits. But lo and behold, Lahore wants to avoid the topic so bad that they have managed lose five games on the trot, almost guaranteeing their early exit from the tournament.
And that is where a problem perhaps even bigger than the walking lazer light show that is team Qalandars lies. The fact that Lahore is set to become the first to exit the PSL for a third time in a row takes away from the excitement of the early stages of the tournament.
The PSL for the past two years has been working on the format of each team playing two games against each other and the top four qualifying to playoffs and one team being left behind. This first stage was quite predictable for the past two editions, with Lahore definitely being out. The only thing left to play for for the other teams was to be first, second or third – something which bears only very slight significance, and which has not helped Quetta win either of the two finals they have played in.
This year there is a new dimension in the form of a sixth team, The Multan Sultans, who are cruising along at the number two spot on the points table. This means that we will see a team other than Lahore be thrown out in the first stages too, but again, with one spot already almost booked, there will be less drama in the significance of the matches.
For sure the PSL has maintained a surprisingly high quality of cricket, something not easy to manage and often sometimes not reflected in the international team. However, the drama and high tension of individual matches is not done true justice when there is not much to play for.
In short, Lahore is depriving the tournament of the many life-and-death situations it could have had.
Many explanations are now being given for why Lahore is performing as it is. Too many big hitters, ineffective coach, silly buying, and aloof captain – all of which are valid. But what to do if all or none of these are true?
Can and should the PCB intervene for the sake of the quality of the tournament in how a team is made up? That would go against the entire private sponsor concept of franchise sports. But then again, maybe someone can just drop Fawad Rana a hint so he doesn’t have to be so cutely disappointed next time?
Let’s just hope that whoever decides to tell Rana Sb to select a more compatible team doesn’t forget to suggest a change in uniform, so it can be a two birds one stone sort of situation.
The many blunders of Lahore Qalandars
Umar Akmal is one of Lahore's under-performing stars — PSL
For all the goodwill they may have accumulated for their off-the-field activities, Lahore Qalandars are yet to make their mark on the field.
They have one of the worst win percentages of all the T20 franchises in the world. In fact, they occupy the unenviable second spot on that list.
The Qalandars had set the bar so low the last two years that, in theory at least, the only way for them was up. Almost anything could've been an improvement. All they had to do was do enough to not be the league's worst side for the third straight year.
Yet the 2018 Qalandars are comfortably the poorest side in the ongoing tourney. They're much worse than their own previous two incarnations.
Whatever might be the case with the 2016 and 2017 Qalandars, there is certainly a discernible reason to their class of 2018 being in such a bothersome spot.
A mere look at their dot-ball percentage indicates that most of their batsmen feel comfortable going for a boundary every ball rather than rotating the strike — a collective trait that makes them more vulnerable to batting collapses than others.
That their team is at the bottom of the PSL points table for the third season running should not come as a surprise for the Qalandars fans.
The real surprise should be that very few saw this coming. But then having names such as Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, Fakhar Zaman, and Sohail Akhtar in your top five can cause that effect.
The quintet created an optical illusion that nothing could go wrong for the Lahore franchise. Except nothing actually has gone right for them. Their scattergun approach to all batting situations has backfired big time.
The Qalandars do have the bowling options that can win matches on their own. In the form of Mustafizur Rahman, Shaheen Afridi, Aamer Yamin, Yasir Shah and Sunil Narine, they had two left-arm quicks, a right-handed medium pacer, a leg-spinner and an off-spinner — a well-balanced unit with no real weaknesses.
However, to defend the targets the Qalandar batting unit has been setting, one perhaps needs an assortment of all-time greats and lots of luck.
With that said, it's not like the Qalandars aren't fixable. On several occasions in PSL 2018 they've had the upper hand over their opposition only to inexplicably throw it away.
All they need is a bit of patience and calmness to go from finishing last to, well, finishing last with dignity.
Lahore Qalandars captain Brendon McCullum is enjoying a dip into the Punjabi culture alongside his PSL campaign.
When Abdullah Sultan suggested that the skipper speak some Punjabi, McCullum, aka Baz, was quick to take up the challenge.
About his team’s performance, McCullum admitted that it has been a disappointing start to the tournament but vowed that the boys are focusing on staying positive.
“We haven’t started well so far. But we are focusing on the [next matches] and staying positive,” he said.
Asked if he would be travelling to Pakistan if Lahore make it to the playoffs, he said, “Let’s see. We’ve got a lot of work to do before then.”
Disappointed but hopeful of a comeback, says Fakhar Zaman
DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars vice-captain Fakhar Zaman has refused to lose hope despite Lahore Qalandars’ woeful start to the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
“We are certainly disappointed, but not hopeless. We are hoping for a comeback,” the opener told Geo News on Tuesday.
Lahore Qalandars, who finished at bottom of the table in both the previous editions of PSL, have suffered crushing defeats in all five of their games so far. Their qualification to the playoffs, although still statistically possible, would require them to win all of their remaining matches and for Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators to lose all of their remaining matches.
“We are trying to do well, but not getting the results,” Fakhar lamented. “We are getting good starts, but the middle order is [out of form]. The top order will have to stay longer at the crease.”
The vice-captain said the team is making certain changes for the next match, and expressed hope these changes would prove to be effective.
“Anything can happen in cricket. We have to stay positive.”
About the umpiring mistake that deprived him of a review appeal during the nail-biting match against Islamabad United, Fakhar said "umpires can make mistakes too, it's not a [big] issue."
Poor finishing the reason behind Qalandars' losing streak: Narine
DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars spinner Sunil Narine has put the consecutive defeats down to the team’s continuous failure to finish well.
Speaking to Geo News, the West Indian star shared his thoughts on the team’s woeful performance in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) so far.
“We are not finishing the game as well as we should. We should have done better. But we still have a good team spirit. You never know what may happen next,” the spinner said.
Narine admitted it is difficult to make a comeback yet, but said the players are not losing hope.
“It’s cricket. You have to win one game and then take it from there.”
Asked about whether the outcome would have been different if he had bowled the Super Over against Islamabad United instead of Mustafizur Rahman, Narine shrugged.
“I could have bowled that Super Over and we could have still lost and then [people] would have said somebody else should have bowled the over,” he said, adding that the selection of the bowler was a judgment call of the senior players and “we all backed the decision.”
The team is brain dead and lacks batting depth. At least the owner is putting on a brave face.
Baz, Umar Akmal, Sohail have not contributed. They need to step up big time.
Akmal used to be inconsistent in internationals but always made runs in domestics. Looks like nowadays even that is too much for him lol. What a fail
Lahore Qalandars pacer Mustafizur Rehman heads back to play for his national team in T20 tri-series.
It was great feeling to play under @Bazmccullum's captaincy for @lahoreqalandars. Thanks skipper for showing such kinds of love and support. It was good experience in PSL. Now, focused on national duty. Looking for team's success in Sri Lanka.
Despite virtual elimination, Qalandars still playing for 'all the Lahoris back home': Devcich
DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars’ batsman Anton Devcich said that the team is upset over not being able to justify the support it gets from Lahore and despite virtual elimination, the team is still playing for 'all the Lahoris people back home'.
Speaking to media after Qalandar’s defeat by Islamabad United – their sixth defeat in a row – the New Zealander said that Lahore crowd has always supported the team and the people of Lahore are only motivation left for them in the tournament.
“All the Lahore people back home,” he responded when a journalist asked what’s the motivation left for Lahore Qalandars in the tournament after six consecutive defeats which has now virtually eliminated them from the race to playoffs
“At the moment we are not doing the Lahore people justice, they are great supporters of us. That’s the thing which hurts the most. There are certainly back in Lahore who support this franchise, support this team and support this team and support the players,” he added.
The 32-year-old who has represented New Zealand in 12 ODIs and 4 T20Is said that 163 was a respectable and defendable total scored by Qalandars but Luke Ronchi took the game away from them.
“We managed to put what I thought was a respectable total on the board. I guess you have to take hats off to Luke Ronchi he played extremely well on a slow wicket. He took the game away from us in first six of seven overs,” he said.
Replying to a question, the Kiwi batsman said that slowing down the scoreboard in middle over wasn’t a strategy but they were looking to keep wicket in hands and then launch the charge after 15th over.
“27 off 45 balls wasn’t the strategy but they bowled well in the middle order and it was very hard to hit. Our thought there was to get around 130/135 in 15 overs and then launch from there with wickets in hand. That something we hadn’t been able to do in previous five games so we were trying to rectify that problem,” he said.
He, however, agreed that slowing down scoring in middle orders probably took game away from Qalandars.
“Potentially it took the game away from us but you have to trust the batsmen out there to assess the condition and play on. 165 was very defendable, we probably didn’t expect the wicket to skid off under the lights as much it did,” he said.
“In hindsight may be, when you consistently lost wickets through the period for not too many runs, we were trying to right the few wrongs,” he added.
Qalandars management backs McCullum despite dismal season
DUBAI: The management of PSL team Lahore Qalandars has backed the leadership of New Zealander Brendon McCullum, expressing complete faith on his selfless approach for the franchise.
A day after Brendon said he was ready to give up the captaincy if it could help the team improve, Sameen Rana—the manager and COO of Lahore Qalandars—said Brendon's contribution for the team was priceless and the management was not thinking of removing him as captain.
"Brendon is so committed to Qalandars…you all must have witnessed that he has been playing against his nature for the team. He was very disappointed after yesterday’s loss and he was hurt. He suggested that if his stepping down could make a difference then he was ready. This shows his selfless approach," said Rana after Qalandars' maiden victory in the tournament on Friday. The Qalandars manager was asked by reporters about McCullum’s statement a day earlier.
“This was a thought by Brendon. It was never our thought, and we have 100 percent faith in Brendon. His commitment, loyalty, and sincerity towards Qalandars is priceless. We are proud to have him as a captain. He changed his own natural style for the team, which is important. We never thought of removing him as captain," he added.
Rana said the win against Multan Sultans was a relief for the team, adding that while he understands that there is little chance still left for Qalandars, the team is playing for pride and for the fans who were let down by their performance.
"It's a relief for us, because the team was united and is still united. A lot of emotions are attached with this team. It was a challenging journey that tested our resolve. We understand that it is not easy to be a Qalandar," Rana said.
"Cricket is a funny game. We play for pride. The team is very connected and players were working hard for win. Unfortunately, we were unable to achieve that. We are not spoiling anyone's party but playing to give back cheerful moments to our fans. We have let our fans down, and we want to return the smiles to them,” he added.
Replying to a question, he said that the team would review the performance of everyone one PSL 2018 is over.
"We are still in the tournament. We will review performances after the tournament. We have one year after this. Winning or losing is different. We respect people's commitment to the franchise and we will see who is committed to us," he said.
Expressing his disappointment over dismissal performance by Umar Akmal, the team manager said that Akmal was his main player but he couldn't deliver in five chances.
"Umar is always an important player for us. He was our platinum player. His performance wasn't up to the mark," he said.
“We didn't bring him to the ground because sitting on the bench and not playing would have been disrespectful to him," replied Rana when asked why Akmal wasn't traveling to the ground with the team.
We are just slow starters, domination begins from #PSL4!
For PSL # 4 should kick out all except Fakhar, Yasir & Narine.
A difficult record to beat - last in all seasons - LOL.
That's what happens when you make selections based on fan votes and go all malang style without an iota of cricket knowledge.
McCulum has not worked for Qalandars. They need some one else to take up the leadership and coaching role next year
Need a complete change for next season. Weakest side on paper and the results show it also.
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