PSL Team Preview: Lahore Qalandars

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Jan 19, 2017.

PSL Team Preview: Lahore Qalandars

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Ahson8, Jan 19, 2017.

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Jan 19, 2017 at 1:31 PM
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    With just 21 days to go for the second season of the PSL, let us take a look at the squads of the PSL franchises; their strengths and weaknesses, key players and players to keep an eye on. First up, the Lahore Qalandars.

    The Qalandars had a season to forget last year; ending up last of all of the five teams, as they managed to win only 2 games. Since then, they have made some key changes to their squad, the most important being a change of captain, as they have roped in Brendon McCullum, who will take over the Qalandars' captaincy from Azhar Ali.

    Squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Bravo, Yasir Shah, Anton Devcich, Mohammad Rizwan, Cameron Delport, Azhar Ali, Aamer Yamin, Zafar Gohar, Fakhar Zaman, Bilawal Bhatti, Ghulam Mudassar, Usman Qadir, Grant Elliot, Shaun Tait, Saif Badar, Mohammad Irfan (Jr)

    Strengths: T20 specialists & Hard Hitting Batsmen

    Like last year, the Qalandars' strong suit seems to be their batting. The likes of Brendon McCullum, Cameron Delport and Umar Akmal will form the core of their batting. They also have some T20 specialists in the bowling department, such as Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, although it could be argued that the latter may not be as successful after having changed his action.

    Weakness: Pace Bowling

    Once again, like last year, the Lahore Qalandars' pace bowling seems to be their weakest link. Much will probably depend on the skills of Dwayne Bravo and Sohail Tanvir. The likes of Ghulam Mudassar and Mohammad Irfan Jr. are touted as upcoming prospects, but their inexperience could work against the Qalandars.

    Key Player: Umar Akmal

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    Umar Akmal had an impressive PSL 2016, ending as the leading run-scorer of the tournament.
    Perhaps the only positive of the Qalandars' campaign in 2016 was Umar Akmal's performance. Akmal ended as the tournament's highest run-scorer with 334 runs, and managed to score runs consistently at a quick pace. The Qalandars will be hoping that Akmal will be able to replicate those performances this year, and that the bowlers will be able to back him up this time.

    Player to watch out for: Fakhar Zaman

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    Fakhar Zaman had successful outings in domestic cricket, and for Pakistan A in 2016.
    While there are a number of talented youngsters in the Lahore Qalandars side, the one that stands out is Fakhar Zaman. The left handed opening batsman amassed runs across all three formats last year, scoring three fifties in five games for Pakistan A vs England Lions in the UAE series, and followed that up with an impressive 180 against Zimbabwe A. He was also the second highest run-scorer in the Pakistan Cup earlier this year, with 297 runs in five innings at 59.40, including a knock of 115 that set up Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's win in the final. He was also among the runs in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy for the HBL side, including 157 in the tournament final. If he manages to perform in the PSL, he could well win a spot in the Pakistan squad to tour the West Indies.

    Other players to keep an eye on would be allrounder Aamer Yamin , who will be looking to make a comeback into the Pakistan side, as well as left arm spinner Zafar Gohar , who has also fallen out of favour with the selectors after a promising start, although he will have to challenge the likes of Sunil Narine and Yasir Shah to get into the XI. Ghulam Mudassar was picked as one of the emerging players after he impressed bowling coach Aaqib Javed, so he should also be worth keeping an eye on, as is Mohammad Irfan Jr. , whereas Saif Badar is regarded by many as a future batting talent

    Final Verdict:

    The Lahore Qalandars have a good mixture of youth and experience, and also have some T20 specialists among their squad, from whom these youngsters can learn. While the likes of Sohail Tanvir and Aamer Yamin will improve their pace bowling, it is still their weak point. However, if one of the youngsters like Ghulam Mudassar or Mohammad Irfan Jr. can step up, they could be a force to deal with. With Brendon McCullum captaining the side, they look a better outfit than last year, and have every chance to end up higher on the points table this year.

     
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    1. Fireworks11
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      McCullum is a massive signing.
       
    2. Don Quixote
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      one of my favourites.
       
    3. Mohsin
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      Have the best team song...by far
       
    4. Rhythm
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      Stacked. We're gonna wreck teams.
       
    5. Passionate Pakistani
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      Showing your real face.. so you are a lahori..

      Not surprised by your hate for players from KPk then @Prince Pathan

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    6. Passionate Pakistani
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      Bilawal Bhatti will wreck few teams for sure.

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    7. Rhythm
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      Yeah, sorry brother. Just don't like you guys. Nothing personal.
       
    8. Passionate Pakistani
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      No need to apologise. I know you ppl.

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    9. Alchemy
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      Just like you did last time around? XD
       
    10. Rhythm
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      Bilawal won't play many games.
       
    11. Rhythm
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      Got me there. Smart little cookie, ain't ya?
       
    12. ASLI-PATHAN
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      Bowling looks weak. Batting is top class.
       
    13. Alchemy
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      Tbh, this time i see LQ having a chance with an actual captain at the top. Bowling looks weak tho.
       
    14. Ahson8
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      Lol, Bilawal's batting is actually quite decent tbh. It's a shame his bowling is absolutely rubbish.
       
    15. Energy
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      Is Yasir playing for Lahore?

      We have a good team and young guys will learn from McCullum.
       
    16. Ahson8
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      Yep, Yasir is in the Lahore side.
       
    17. Don Quixote
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      Don Quixote Whispering Death

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      Yasir will b the triumph card in the bowling department.
       
    18. Ahson8
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      Ahson8 Sultan of Swing

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      Lol what the hell is a triumph card ?
       
    19. Prince Pathan
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      Much better team than last year for sure.

      Fakhar, Narine, Yasir, Elliot and Tate are really great additions and wont be leaving.

      BMAC is good but just not sure if he has it in him anymore. Had numeroud failures in the IPL
       
    20. Ahson8
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      Fakhar's numbers are really impressive; he should have been in the ODI squad instead of Asad Shafiq.
       
    21. Prince Pathan
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      He is not a T20 player though. Needs time to get going
       
    22. Ahson8
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      Needs to make it count in the PSL somehow. I'm sure if he performs here, he'll be selected for the WI LOI squads.
       
    23. Boi
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      Should win it this time around. Last time they were hard done by with their two key bowlers Yasir and Mustafiz becoming unavailable just before the tournament.
       
    24. Passionate Pakistani
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      Yasir is a shit t20 bowler lol

      And last time they were undone by azhar more than anything else.

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    25. Boi
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      Yasir being ruled out close to the tournament meant that they didn't have enough time to get a suitable replacement in. On the pitches that they played last year Yasir would've been handy. He did well in the BPL preceding it aswell

      Azhar is an easy target to blame as always but with the bowling lineup they had they were always going to struggle.

      Disappointed that they released Hammad this year. Yes they have got Yamin in but Hammad was hard done by with a couple of rash decisions last year by the umpires and didn't really get a fair chance to impress with the bat.
       
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      They had zafar gohar ? Apparently he was the next big thing. And much better than Yasir def.

      I think they had mendis as well if iam not wrong.

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    28. Boi
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      Yes Zafar was their leading wicket taker and has rightfully been retained.

      Mustafiz probably ended up being a bigger miss. His cutters would've been pretty hard to get away on those wickets.
       
    29. Patriot
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      how lucky is Lahore for having Azhar Ali, the champ will win them the tournament alone
       
    30. Alchemy
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      Your avatar makes this more the funnier. :yk
       
    31. XYZ
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      Lahore - all the way!


      Loar Laor aye!
       
    32. Major
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      Lahore's main weakness is the changes they have made.

      Remember, Islamabad's and quetta's main reason of success was the team gelness, not because they have good players.

      Lahore went haywire at the drafts, i doubt they would be gelled this year. Last year was different, all teams were new, this year its going to be hard for Lahore
       
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    35. Prince Pathan
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      Their changes are spot on

      Getting rid of the liability Chris Gayle, chucker Kevon Coope & downright useless Ehsan Adil is actually a good move.



      Yasir Shah, Fakhar Zaman, Sunil Narine, Brendon McCullum, Grant Elliot, Shaun Tait are amazing additions or am I missing something?
       
    36. Major
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      Look, islamabad isn't a great team tbh. But they were a gelled team last year.

      Making too many changes kills the the whole point. Its a team sport playing in a few days tournament. Guys need to be playing and fighting together. Making too many changes just changes the whole dimention of the team.

      Islamabad also had many liabilities and some joke selections, but they made use of them cleverly.
       
    37. Prince Pathan
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      Islo were nowhere near a gelled team last year. The format of the PSL allowed all the other teams that barely won any games a chance to make it to the final. They only clicked in the semis and finals due to some individual brilliance from Sharjeel first followed by Brad Haddin. They have some very good power hitters for sure though. Their spinner Imran Khalid is also a major factor in their victory. Keeps it tight
       
    38. Major
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      they were gelled, the team got better as they went on together.

      and you are absolutely spot on regarding Imran Khalid. He is very under rated.
       
    39. Don Duckman
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      Lahore and Peshawar do have identity but I don't like their players. Rest are boring. Maybe Peshawar as long as Afridi fails hard and Haris does well.
       

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