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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Prince Pathan, Dec 14, 2015.
so he would play in place of Jordan then!
Saad Nasim is nothing special with the ball however he has been captain fantastic with the bat for Lahore blues.
Not a bad team at all.
Lewis only partly available & your team doesn’t have an emerging player
Asghar is emerging
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No that was until last year, he is silver now. Emerging would be Sameen Gul (bowler), Arif Ali (batsman) or Ibtesam (no idea who he is)
Has to have an emerging player dude. Sameen Gul most likely
Is Lewis partially available?
Yes, World Cup Qualifiers in March; you think he wouldn’t have been picked ahead of Duminy or Ingram otherwise lol ?
dont like this whole restructuring of teams.
have never been a fan of having drafts every year
guys like eoin morgan, malan etc had built strong links to PZ and now will be at other places
same for someone like Watson
Bangladeshi duo posts Pashtu tweets to connect with Zalmi fans
Pictured are Bangladeshi players Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hassan.
KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi has opted for a unique way to connect with fans to keep the Pakistan Super League hype high ahead of the third edition of the T20 league.
After Darren Sammy and Chris Jordan were applauded by fans, the Bangladeshi duo of the team also opted to tweet in Pashtu, promising for winning another PSL title.
The current T20I captain Shakib Al Hassan congratulated Javed Afridi, the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, by posting a tweet in Pashtu.
“Der Zyat mu ombarak sha da new picks @JAfridi10 , ao tolo Zalmi's ta ! Bas Der khwand ai oko ao mung ba bya da Cup gatoo InshaAllah. Ao Pekhawar la ba zaroor darzam ! Khushala Osay.”
Der Zyat mu ombarak sha da new picks @JAfridi10 , ao tolo Zalmi's ta ! Bas Der khwand ai oko ao mung ba bya da Cup gatoo InshaAllah. Ao Pekhawar la ba zaroor darzam ! Khushala Osay
— Shakib Al Hasan (@Sah75official) November 12, 2017
His tweet translated as: “Heartfelt congratulations to you (Javed Afridi) and Zalmi fans on new picks. I enjoyed the previous season with Zalmi and we’ll win the trophy again. I will be coming over to Peshawar soon.”
Another Bangladeshi player, Tamim Iqbal, promised that he’ll not let his fans down with his performance in Pakistan Super League.
“Dera Dera Manana @JAfridi10 for the pick, Za pura koshish kom che da fans pa mayar pura um ka khair wi InshaAllah ! Bas staso Zalmi's duaganay che wi no Zalmi be bya Gati InshaAllah,” Tamim tweeted.
Dera Dera Manana @JAfridi10 for the pick ,Za pura koshish kom che da fans pa mayar pura um ka khair wi InshaAllah ! Bas staso Zalmi's duaganay che wi no Zalmi be bya Gati InshaAllah
— Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) November 12, 2017
Tamim’s tweet meant: “Thanks to Javed Afridi for the pick. I will try my best to perform according to fans’ expectations and if fans would pray for us then In sha Allah we will, once again win the cup.”
This is not the first time that Zalmi players have opted to post tweets in Pashtu, the regional language of Peshawar, the city franchise represents.
Zalmi confident of retaining PSL crown next year
The management of Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Peshwar Zalmi, the defending champion of the series, is confident that the team will retain the PSL crown next year. Photo: Correspondent
KARACHI: The management of Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Peshwar Zalmi, the defending champion of the series, is confident that the team will retain the PSL crown next year.
“I am very confident of retaining the PSL crown next year. The team composition is decent and we have played to our strength in the draft,” Chairman of Peshawar Zalmi Javed Afridi told Geo.tv.
Following the PSL3 draft on Sunday, he said that his squad is comprised of some of the best T20 players.
“We have selected players who have the much-needed experience that is required to thrive in the T20 format, and that is the reason I feel our chances of winning the event for the second time are clear as day,” he remarked.
He also said that his team achieved what it was hoping for.
“All the players selected in the PSL draft are seasoned campaigners. With their experience in the format, I can only see us excelling. Exciting times ahead of us and I am very confident to put up a good show next season,” he said.
He, however, said that Zalmi wanted to pick Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan but due to his international commitments with Afghanistan, it wasn't possible to get him on board for this edition.
“We know how dangerous he [Khan] can be and there is no doubt about the abilities he possesses. We would love to have him in our squad in the future editions,” Afridi said.
Afridi hailed Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh and termed him a 'fantastic opening batsman.'
“Every franchise had to release a set number of players as per PSL's policy due to the addition of the sixth franchise. We were always going to pick him [Iqbal] in the draft and I am confident that he will prove his worth once again,” he said.
He also added that the franchise will also miss the presence of Shahid Afridi, who had previously played an important role in the squad.
The squad's chairman also praised Hammad Azam and said that he is a 'very fine all-rounder' and had delivered some 'very significant performances' for Pakistan.
“We believe that the batting all-rounder is a very important position in T20 cricket and he [Azam] is a decent fit for that role. We are looking forward to having him play for us in the PSL,” Afridi said.
Peshawar Zalmi pay homage to Zubair Ahmed at PSL Auction drafts
Zubair Ahmed. (Photo Source: Twitter)
The 2018 player auction drafts of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) recently took place at the National Cricket Academy at Lahore. During the event, Javed Afridi, the owner of the Peshawar Zalmi franchise presented a souvenir to the family of late Zubair Ahmed as a mark of tribute. Young boy Zubair Ahmed had died after being hit on the head during one of the local cricket matches in Swabi.
His death sent shockwaves across the country and need to wear proper safety equipments during the game came to the fore. At the event, Mahmood Shah, father of Zubair Ahmed was present. He was accompanied by his another son, Uzair Shah. Javed Afridi was very direct in saying that the Peshawar Zalmi will be raising funds for the family of the deceased. He also remarked that Uzair will get to travel along with the Zalmis in the upcoming season of the PSL.
Peshawar Zalmi are the reigning champions in the tournament at the moment. Javed Afridi posted a series of updates about the same on the social media and expressed his condolences as well. “During #PSLDrafts Peshawar Zalmi remember Young Zubair Ahmed, who lost his life due to hit cricket ball on the head in Swabi. We will support his brother Uzair for his cricketing career InshaAllah! We honoured his father too. Heart touching feelings, can’t express in words,” he wrote in a tweet.
Duirng #PSLDrafts Peshawar Zalmi remember Young Zubair Ahmed who lost his life due to hit Cricket ball on head in swabi. We will support His Brother Uzair for his cricketing career InshaAllah !We honoured his father too. Heart touching feelings ❤️, Can't express in words. pic.twitter.com/zttvMpeyDG
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) November 12, 2017
Peshawar Zalmi to host Global Zalmi League next year
Pakistan Super League 2017 champion Peshawar Zalmi will host its own Global Zalmi Super League next year.
The franchise, which held Zalmi World Cup before PSL 2 in United Arab Emirates, will hold Global Zalmi League before PSL 3 this time. Zalmi, which enjoys a global fan base, will see 16 teams from 16 countries participating in Global Zalmi League, Peshawar Zalmi Media Department said in a release on Tuesday.
The franchise, owned by Javed Afridi, also announced Global Zalmi team which is selected from last year’s Zalmi World Cup. The team consists of young players from across the world who had participated in the major event of Global Zalmi.
Abraash Khan from Canada Zalmi has been appointed as captain of the Global Zalmi team. Below is the complete list of the squad:
1. Abraash Khan Captain (Canada Zalmi)
2. Junaid Siddiqui (Canada Zalmi)
3. Faizan Amin (Melbourne Zalmi)
4. Rayyan Pathan (Canada Zalmi)
5. Rameez Ahmed (Melbourne Zalmi)
6. Sagheer Afridi (Dubai Zalmi)
7. Juniad Aziz (Bahrain Zalmi)
8. Adnan Khan (China Zalmi)
9. Mohsin Mattoo (Kashmir Zalmi)
10. Yatin Arora Wicket Keeper (Canada Zalmi)
11. Sagheer Afridi (Dubai Zalmi)
12. Usman Sahar (London Zalmi)
13. Zeeshan Khan Emerging (London Zalmi)
14. Jhanzaib Khan Emerging (USA Zalmi)
15. Zeeshan Rehman Emerging (London Zalmi)
Javed Afridi, also Chairman Peshawar Zalmi, congratulated the players upon their selection and appreciated their dedication.
Five top players of Global Zalmi League 2018 will practice with Peshawar Zalmi team during PSL as part of Global Zalmi development program.
“It’s a very balanced team with an excellent combination of young attacking batsmen and genuine quick fast bowlers, supported by leg spin option.. a bunch of super fit athletes from across the globe,” said Brand Manager of Global Zalmi Iftikhar Ud Din Khattak.
He pointed out that the Emerging category has also been introduced, with three players selected as Emerging players who will be part of the Playing XI.
The full schedule and other details about Zalmi Super League will be announced in January 2018.
WWE's John Cena to bat for Peshawar Zalmi ?
Soon a bat for @PeshawarZalmi @ Foundation too from @JohnCena ! #BatForPeace #bringbacksmiles pic.twitter.com/9J1BFdxox5
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) November 29, 2017
Javed Afridi presents Peshawar Zalmi shirt to London Mayor Sadiq Khan
Peshawar Zalmi Chairman met the Mayor of London on his official tour to Pakistan
(Web Desk) – Peshawar Zalmi Chairman Javed Afridi met the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and presented him a signed bat upon his tour to Pakistan.
Afridi met the Mayor of and presented him Zalmi Shirt along with a signed bat. He welcomed Sadiq Khan to Pakistan while meeting him in Lahore.
Afridi expressed his delight on Sadiq Khan’s visit to Pakistan and said that Khan’s trip will bridge the people of Pakistan and England closer.
During the occasion, Sadiq Khan congratulated Javed Afridi on Peshawar Zalmi triumph as winners of the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Javed Afridi invited Khan to witness the matches of the upcoming season of PSL in UAE as well as Pakistan.
‘Special match’: Peshawar Zalmi organises first-of-its-kind event for differently-abled players
PESHAWAR – KP Zalmi beat FATA Zalmi in a wheelchair cricket match in Peshawar on Wednesday.
The first of its kind fixture was organized by Peshawar Zalmi – a Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise – through its social initiative of Peshawar Zalmi Foundation.
KP Zalmi won the toss and elected to bat first. The team scored 72 runs for the loss of three wickets in the allotted eight overs. In reply, FATA Zalmi managed to score only 60 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
The match was held at Peshawar’s Hayatabad Sports Complex. Students from schools and colleges in Peshawar were present at the venue to cheer the teams.
Javed Afridi, Chairman Peshawar Zalmi Foundation, on the occasion, said, “disability is not an obstacle to success and not an inability in any way, owing to this notion, we have staged splendid wheelchair cricket contest.”
Special persons have tremendous abilities and just need to provide them opportunities to grow in every field of life. “More matches will be organized in future,” Afridi added.
Daily Pakistan becomes official digital media partner of Peshawar Zalmi for PSL 3
LAHORE – Pakistan’s leading news portal Daily Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Association with the champions of Pakistan Super League season 2, Peshawar Zalmi.
The memorandum, which was signed on Friday, would make Daily Pakistan the official digital media partner of Peshawar Zalmi owned by renowned entrepreneur, Javed Afridi.
Welcome @DailyPakistan as Digital Partner of @PeshawarZalmi. pic.twitter.com/qx5203a8ms
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) December 15, 2017
Expressing his views over the collaboration, Afridi lauded the services rendered by the whole family of veteran journalist Mujibur Rahman Shami in upholding journalistic norms over the course of decades.
In response to a question about preparations regarding the upcoming PSL event, Afridi expressed hope that the team would display matchless skills with renowned cricketers like Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and other local players.
He also lavished praise on Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi for providing a platform in the form of PSL to introduce young blood in sports.
“The contribution of Peshawar Zalmi to uplift the standards of game is evident,” said Javed Afridi in an exclusive conversation with Executive Editor Daily Pakistan, Usman Mujib Shami.
Chairman Peshawar Zalmi presents Zalmi cap to Mr Usman Mujib Shami, Executive Daily Pakistan. Staff photo
He further said that it would take around 10 to 12 years for the sports industry to attain the desired level of maturity in the field of sports.
The 32-year-old businessman also highlighted that the total turnover of PSL season 2 was around $180m, which indicated how successful the PSL was turning out to be.
He also called upon media franchises in Pakistan to own PSL and give due exposure to the teams participating in the upcoming season.
“Take the example of Indian Premier League (IPL) where the media gave exposure to the teams and the sporting event was being compared with National Football League,” Afridi maintained.
The Peshawar Zalmi chairman reiterated his support for Daily Pakistan which, according to him, gave a huge boost to the digital media in the country.
On the occasion, Executive Editor Daily Pakistan, Usman Mujeeb Shami, appreciated Javed Afridi’s efforts, and underscored that the Zalmi owners were truly directing their efforts towards uplifting the sports industry.
A specially designed Peshawar Zalmi cap was presented to Mr Shami, while both sides expressed a resolve to work together to provide seamless entertainment to cricket enthusiasts.
Javed Afridi announces Zalmi School League to promote cricket in KP
One team from Army Public School Peshawar will also be included in the event
PESHAWAR – The Pakistan Super League champion Peshawar Zalmi has announced Zalmi school league under the roof of Zalmi Foundation.
The initiative is aimed to promote cricket on the gross root level in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The event will start in KP in two phases. In first phase, four regional teams from Bannu, Peshawar, Malakand and Hazara will be included in the event.
The second phase will be comprised of seven divisions with one team from Army Public School Peshawar and the other one will be the champion team of its first phase which is starting later this month.
Peshawar Zalmi Chairman Javed Afridi hoped the “Peshawar Zalmi Foundation will carry out this league in the province to promote cricket at grass root level”.
After Zalmi Haier 100 pitches project, this league will provide a good opportunity to young players to showcase talent, he said.
We keep the APS kids & teachers close to our heart. Owing to this fact,we r announcing @ZSchoolLeague in the KP & with that we will cater a team from APS Peshawar in its 2nd Phase.This is going to the first ever school League in Pakistan. #BringingBackSmiles#YaadAbBhiTaazaHai pic.twitter.com/iFz5GOTLQw
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) December 16, 2017
Mr Afridi added that the Zalmi School League will be dedicated to the name of the Army Public School Peshawar martyrs.
Matches of Phase one will be played in Haripur while the final will be held in Peshawar. The APS Peshawar team will also be invited to witness the final of phase one.
KP Education department, Peshawar Zalmi foundation ink MoU to hold Zalmi School League
PESHAWAR, 21 December: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Education department and the Peshawar Zalmi foundation on Thursday here inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to hold Zalmi School League among the government schools.
The League will start from December 26. KP Minister for Education, Muhammad Atif Khan and director cricket operations and chief coach Peshawar Zalmi team Muhammad Akram attended the ceremony. Large number of cricket lovers were also present on the occasion during which, the official kit of the league was unveiled.
Muhammad Atif Khan while speaking on the occasion appreciated the efforts of the Peshawar Zalmi Foundation for promoting cricket at the grass root level.
Muhammad Akram said on the occasion that Peshawar Zalmi Foundation would provide professional coaching to the teams.
The league will be played between the government schools' students. Its first phase will be held from 26th to 28th December in Haripur while the final will be played in Peshawar on 29th December. Two teams each from Peshawar, Bannu, Malakand and Hazara Region will participate in the league. The second phase of the league will be held before the third edition PSL. The league has been dedicated to the martyrs of Army Public School.
Peshawar Zalmi announce 'Global Zalmi League' fixture
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Pakistan Super League (PSL) champion Peshawar Zalmi has announced its own T20 league titled "Global Zalmi League" where highly talented and passionate cricketers will gather under Zalmi s umbrella to show their skills.
After successful Zalmi World Cup event last year, Peshawar Zalmi has announced fixture of Global Zalmi League starting from 11th Feb in Ajman Oval cricket ground Ajman UAE.
16 teams from 15 countries including Kadhmir Zalmi will be in action to play for the GZL cup. Teams are Australia, Zalmi, Austrian Zalmi, Bahrain Zalmi, Bonn Zalmi, Canada Zalmi, China Zalmi, Dubai Zalmi, Kabul Zalmi, Kashmir Zalmi, Korea Zalmi, London Zalmi, Paris Zalmi, Saudi Arabia Zalmi, South Africa Zalmi, Torino Zalmi, US A Zalmi National Team.
Javed Afridi, Chairman of Peshawar Zalmi, said that the creation of the Global Zalmi League and the creation of Zalmi team in 5 regions of the world is an amazing achievement to unite them under Pakistan-based franchise.
"It is important that we want to empower our overseas Pakistans to develop & promote safe image of Pakistan as well. Global Zalmi is best example of Global village as we want to bring different nationalities & fans together to play the game of cricket. I am pleased to confirm 2 players from KP & FATA can also be selected in the teams to give them chance of playing against global and diversified talent."
Peshawar Zalmi, McDonalds collaborate for human rights and sports
McDonalds Pakistan and the Peshawar Zalmi administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday leading to collaboration between both the leading brands.
The Chief Marketing Officer of McDonalds Pakistan, Jamil Mughal, represented the fast food giant at the event while the Peshawar Zalmi team owner Javed Afridi represented the cricket team. Director Marketing of McDonalds, Raza Ali was also present at the occasion.
McDonalds is an important sponsor of the team, and its logo will be embossed on the sleeves of the t-shirts worn by the players. McDonalds also announced a special “Peshawar Zalmi Meal” attributed with the team.
All the players demonstrated zeal and fervor because the revenue generated from this meal will be spent on uplifting the lives of underprivileged children. Based on welfare mission, the generated amount will be donated to Peshawar Zalmi Foundation.
Mughal, an advocate of leading a cheerful life speaking at the occasion said, “we fully endorse events of such recreational and professional sports. We firmly believe that sports activities produce positive impacts on the society. Viewing and playing sports helps us to release mental stress and through sports we get help to formulate provincial and national identity as a community for emerging as a prosperous Pakistan”.
Peshawar Zalmi to take top 100 electronics dealers to Dubai
LAHORE – The owner of Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi has announced that the franchise will take top 100 electronics dealers to Dubai for witnessing the inaugural match of the third edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL), starting for February 22.
The opening match of the mega event will be played between defending champions Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans on Feb 22.
“The PSL fever reaches its peak as the mega cricket event is fast approaching,” Afridi said at the Haier-Pakistan’s seminar on Friday.
The PSL schedule for the 2018 edition has been released. All PSL 3 matches will be played at 4 venues – Dubai, Sharjah, Lahore and Karachi as announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
This will be the first ever edition of the PSL when six teams will feature instead of five and each side will play each other twice. This will account for a total of 30 matches during the league stage of the competition that will last till Friday, March 16.
Peshawar Zalmi’s 'Yellow Storm' to rock fans worldwide
MANCHESTER: Peshawar Zalmi have roped in British-Pakistani singer Maz Bonafide for a two-song deal for the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018.
The songs — titled ”Zalmi Zalmi” and “Yellow Storm” — have already been recorded and will be released alongside their music videos ahead of PSL 3, which begins from February 22.
Earlier, vocal maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Hadiqa Kiyani have also lent their voices to Peshawar Zalmi's anthem as well as other songs.
With its uplifting beat, groovy music, and English lyrics, "Yellow Storm” is expected to put fans in just the right mood for the soon-to-start tournament, which promises to be yet another hit with the players and cricket-lovers alike.
Bonafide resonates well with the worldwide bhangra scene. Before his solo success, the singer entered music industry as part of the UK bhangra fusion duo "Bonafide".
Speaking to Geo.tv, he said, "I am very excited about this new project as I have always been a big cricket fan. Working with Pakistani and international cricketers, and [especially] Peshawar Zalmi, and singing an anthem for them is like a dream come true.
"I was very excited when Javed Afridi [the owner of Peshawar Zalmi] contacted me and explained the idea. I was up for it straight away.
"I have really enjoyed working on the songs. I wanted to create an anthem for the fans that they can sing along and enjoy at the same time. I’m also looking forward to attending the PSL and performing live for fans”.
”We wanted to work with Maz as he is a very talented artist, with a unique sound," Javed Afridi said in a press release.
"We were confident he would give us the anthems we are looking for. Due to our growing global fan base, we specifically asked Maz to make one song in English lyrics too. We are loving both the songs.
"Maz captured the feel of the songs we were looking for perfectly. We're looking forward to blasting the songs at our matches."
PSL 3 will kickstart on February 22, in Dubai, with the final to be held on March 25 in Karachi.
The matches will be played at four venues — Dubai, Sharjah, Lahore, and Karachi — as announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Defending champions Peshawar Zalmi will take on Multan Sultans in the season opener.
Global Zalmi League: Get ready for the next Zalmi World Cup, starting this Sunday
16 teams will play 31 matches in Ajman, UAE
PESHAWAR – The Pakistan Super League champions Peshawar Zalmi have announced fixtures of “Global Zalmi League” in which 16 teams (including Kashmir Zalmi) will be in action for nine days in the UAE.
The mega event will begin from February 11 in Ajman Oval cricket ground, Ajman, UAE. Each team can include two players from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. Talented and passionate cricketers will gather under Zalmai’s umbrella to show their skills.
The teams are Australia Zalmai, Austrian Zalmai, Bahrain Zalmai, Bonn Zalmai, Canada Zalmai, China Zalmai, Dubai Zalmai, Kabul Zalmai, Kashmir Zalmai, Korea Zalmai, London Zalmai, Paris Zalmai, Saudi Arabia Zalmai, South Africa Zalmai, Torino Zalmai, and USA Zalmai National Team.
Last year Peshawar Zalmi conducted a successful Zalmi World Cup featuring 10 Global Zalmi teams from around the world.
Javed Afridi, Chairman of Peshawar Zalmi, says that by organising the Global Zalmi League “we want to empower overseas Pakistanis to develop and promote a soft image of Pakistan. Global Zalmi is the best example of Global village as we want to bring different nationalities & fans together to play the game of cricket. I am pleased to confirm that two players from KP & FATA can also be selected in the teams to give them a chance of playing against global & diversified talent.”
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How did Peshawar Zalmi become PSL’s biggest franchise?
The third edition of the Pakistan Super League(PSL) is about to start in less than two weeks’ time, which is why, as the tournament nears and we mark our calendars, it is understandable that the cricket craze in the country is reaching its optimal level.
Just like any other franchise-based competition, PSL thrives on the involvement of cricket fans, as the more fan following it manages to attract, the more money is pumped into the overall structure of the tournament. The competition managed to achieve just that through the first two editions, and in this endeavour its franchises have played a key role. However, as different franchises differed in their approaches, the end result was thus varied as well.
The first edition’s champions, Islamabad United, marketed their brand by organising two tournaments featuring U23 players in the joint cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. On the other hand, Lahore Qalandars organised their own tournament and followed it up by setting up trail camps in Azad Kashmir. Then there are the Karachi Kings, who organised a Naya Nazimabad Ramazan tournament, and new comers Multan Sultans, who recently organised a team launch where an exhibition matchwas played.
However, out of all of the franchises, the one team which stands out is Peshawar Zalmi. The team took an entirely different approach in engaging their fan base, which resulted in making them the most popular one by far in the competition.
It all began before the start of the first edition of the PSL, when Zalmi established the Peshawar Zalmi Foundation (PZF). The primary objective of PZF was youth development, an important task sorely neglected by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). However, the buck did not stop at PZF. Zalmi then turned their focus on the development of women’s cricket as well, another area of sports which needs immediate attention in the country. Even during the draft process, Zalmi’s approach was to go all in for the star power, something which is pretty common in different sports leagues all across the world. For that, the franchise had to let go of their options to trade first in the rounds with another franchise, Islamabad United, as their motive was to sign the biggest player in the tournament — Shahid Khan Afridi.
The method behind Afridi’s acquisition was an interesting one, as it had more than one dimension. Firstly, due to his immense popularity in the country, he was bound to generate more fan base for the team. Secondly, he had the ability to build a team which would be as aggressive as he manages to be on the field. The veteran all-rounder played his part extremely well, as he did build a team that displayed aggression, which was on display through Zalmi’s performance in both editions. Where at times the team opted to go in with four pacers in relatively spin-friendly conditions, they kept attacking even after losing wickets at regular intervals.
Even though all the aggression did not necessarily pay off for the team, and Zalmi had to bear this burden at times, it offered what we were all there to witness in the first place – exciting cricket!
Then there is the role of social media. Once again, learning from all the bigger sporting brands in the world, Zalmi approached the platform aggressively by introducing trends on a regular basis through their official Twitter account. Ultimately, this is what helped them gather far greater fan engagement than all the other franchises managed to get.
In an ideal world, every franchise should be able to do what Zalmi did since becoming active and also be successful at it, but unfortunately, this is not a realistic possibility and probably never will be.
However, what Zalmi did prove was that it is possible to learn from the best in the world, implement their practices successfully and generate impressive results. It is now up to other franchises to take the lead from Zalmi and establish an equally big brand with a larger fan base. After all, more franchises following Zalmi’s example can only help, by broadening the brand of PSL while ultimately taking Pakistan cricket to heights it has never seen before.
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