Thursday Feb 18, 2021
KARACHI: Lahore Qalandars is considered by many to be the favourite franchise of Pakistan Super League. Despite finishing at the bottom for four consecutive seasons, Qalandars’ fan following continued to increase – mainly because of their player development programme and, of course, their owner Fawad Rana’s emotions during his team’s matches.
Last year, they turned the tables and stunned everyone with their performance, as after finishing third in the play-off, they qualified to play the final. They were so near to their maiden PSL title, but fell short against Karachi Kings.
This year, they are eyeing to complete last year’s unfinished job.
With the signing of Rashid Khan, the squad looks stronger than before. Although the Afghanistan bowler will be there just for a couple of games, if he can provide the Qalandars a good start in the tournament, then the team has the ability to continue with the run.
Along with Rashid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez and Samit Patel add experience to the spin attack, while Shaheen Shah Afridi, Dilber Hussain, and Haris Rauf make Lahore’s fast bowling attack look fearsome.
Looking at the list of Lahore’s bowlers, it can be easily said that they have the best and most formidable bowling attack in the league.
Having players like Ben Dunk, Mohammad Hafeez, and Fakhar Zaman, their top order looks flamboyant which is supported by hitters like Sohail Akhtar, Zeeshan Ashraf and David Wiese. Joe Denly and Tom Abell also add power to their strength.
While the current form of Mohammad Hafeez gives confidence to the side led by Sohail Akhtar, they must be worried by a dip in Fakhar Zaman’s form.
Having a look at the squad, one can confidently say that there is no reason why Qalandars don’t qualify for play-offs of the PSL6.
Squad: Ben Dunk, David Wiese, Dilbar Hussain, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Akhtar, Rashid Khan, Joe Denly, Samit Patel, Tom Abell, Zeeshan Ashraf, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Faizan, Maaz Khan, Zaid Alam, Ahmed Danyal
Lahore Qalandars' fixtures against other teams
February 21 – Peshawar Zalmi
February 22 – Quetta Gladiators
February 26 – Multan Sultans
February 28 – Karachi Kings
March 3 – Islamabad United
March 6 – Peshawar Zalmi
March 11 – Quetta Gladiators
March 12 – Islamabad United
March 14 – Karachi Kings
March 16 – Multan Sultans