Lahore Qalandars- The Pride of Punjab In Pakistan Super League

Khadija Khawar

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Lahore Qalandars

Lahore Qalandars is a competent cricket franchise representing Pakistan’s most significant Metropolitan City, Lahore. Moreover, this team significantly symbolizes the passion for cricket of the people of Lahore.

Gaddafi Stadium is the home ground for the team. The team simultaneously runs a program named “Jazz Rising Stars” to find young and local talent across the eight cities of Pakistan.

Surprisingly, the team was the second-most premium franchise among the few teams sold to an international organization. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t perform well in the starting four seasons of the PSL, with bottom positions in the points table. Later, in the 2020 edition, the team made a spectacular comeback by securing a place in the final. Additionally, the team clamped the champions title in the consecutive seasons of 2022 and 2023.

Quick Facts

CaptainShaheen Afridi
CoachAaqib Javed
OwnerFawad Rana
ManagerSameen Rana
Brand AmbassadorShaheen Shah Afridi
CityLahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Home GroundGaddafi Stadium
PSL Wins2 (2022 & 2023)
Official Websitelahoreqalandars.com
AnthemDama Dam Mast

Owner

Fawad Naseem Rana, a prominent businessman in Pakistan, owns the team. Concurrently, he is the managing director of the Doha-based Qatar Lubricants Company Limited (QALCO). Moreover, the franchise was sold for a ten-year contract for 25.1 million US dollars.

Undoubtedly, Fawad Rana has also made many fans with his love for cricket. Undeniably, he is a genuine cricket lover and always cheers his team, even when they lose the match. He has gained much respect and fame nationwide because of his respect and passion for his team and players.

Current Squad

Batsmen

No.NameNationalityBirth DateAgeBatting StyleBowling StyleYear Signed
15Mirza Tahir Baig Pakistan11 March, 199924 YearsRight-Handed2023
39Fakhar Zaman Pakistan10 April, 199033 YearsLeft-HandedLeft-Arm Orthodox2017
57Abdullah Shafique Pakistan20 November, 199923 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Off-Break2022
82Kamran GhulamPakistan10 October, 199527 YearsRight-HandedLeft-Arm Orthodox2022
88Harry BrookEngland22 February, 199924 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Medium2022

All-Rounders

No.NameNationalityBirth DateAgeBatting StyleBowling StyleYear Signed
8Hussain TalatPakistan12 February, 199627 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Medium-Fast2023
24Sikandar RazaZimbabwe24 April 198637 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Off Break2023
27David Wiese (Vice-Captain)Namibia18 May 198538 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Fast-Medium2019
33Ahsan Hafeez Pakistan30 March 199825 YearsLeft-HandedLeft-Arm Orthodox2023
83Liam Dawson England1 March 199033 YearsRight-HandedLeft-Arm Orthodox2023

Wicket-Keepers

No.NameNationalityBirth DateAgeBatting StyleBowling StyleYear SignedNotes
7Shawaiz Irfan Pakistan1 November 200319 YearsRight-Handed2023 
11Shane Dadswell  South Africa18 November 199725 YearsRight-Handed2023Full Replacement For Harry Brook In 2023
13Shai Hope West Indies10 November 199329 YearsRight-HandedLeft-Arm Medium2023Full Replacement For Kusal Mendis In 2023
22Jordan Cox England21 October 200022 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Off Break2023 
77Sam Billings England15 June 199132 YearsRight-Handed2023Partial Replacement For Rashid Khan N 2023
 Kusal MendisSri Lanka2 February 199528 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Leg Break2023Partial Replacement For Jordan Cox In 2023

Bowlers

No.NameNationalityBirth DateAgeBatting StyleBowling StyleYear Signed
3Ahmed Daniyal Pakistan21 September 199824 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Fast2021
5Jalat Khan Pakistan17 February 199924 YearsLeft-HandedLeft-Arm Fast2023
10Shaheen Afridi (Captain) Pakistan6 April 200023 YearsLeft-HandedLeft-Arm Fast2018
12Zaman Khan Pakistan10 September 200122 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Medium-Fast2022
19Rashid KhanAfghanistan20 September 199824 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Leg Break2021
72Dilbar Hussain Pakistan20 February 199330 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Medium Fast2020
150Haris Rauf Pakistan7 November 199329 YearsRight-HandedRight-Arm Fast2019

Lahore Qalandars PSL Players List

The Qalandars’ Captains

NameFromToMatWonLostTie+WTie+LNRWin(%)
Azhar Ali2016201672500028.57
Dwayne Bravo201620161010000.00
Brendon Mccullum201720181851111033.33
Mohammad Hafeez2019201921100050.00
AB De Villiers2019201931200033.33
Fakhar Zaman2019201951400020.00
Sohail Akhtar2020202123121100052.17
Shaheen Afridi2022Present2517701070.00
David Wiese202320231010000.00

Captain Shaheeh Afridi

Franchise History

In December 2015, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) disclosed the owners of five franchises for the inaugural season of PSL. Following this announcement, PCB also confirmed the initial season dates in February 2016 in the UAE.

Fawad Rana bought the Lahore Qalandars for a ten-year contract for 25.1 million US dollars. Ultimately making it the second-priciest team after Karachi Kings sold for 26 million US dollars.

Additionally, under the Players Development Program (PDP), this franchise set up “Jazz Rising Stars” trials in 2016. The ultimate purpose of these trials was to discover the raw talent and to refine it. The shortlisted players were sent to Australia and get training with Sydney Thunder. Ultimately, the shortlisted top performers would get to perform for the Qalandars.

Undoubtedly, Aqib Javed unleashed the incredible fast bowler Yasir Jan from Rawalpindi. Fakhar Zaman is also an illustrious fast bowler joining the Qalandars with Jazz Rising Stars.

Fan Base

The Qalandars have no parallel in the popularity in the Pakistan Super League. Moreover, they have many celebrity followers, including Shaan and Aima Baig. Therefore, they have 800K followers on Instagram and 2.3 million followers on Facebook.

Social Media PlatformFollowers
Facebook800K
Instagram2.3 Million
Twitter1.3 Million

Ambassadors

Famous Pakistani film star Shan Shahid is the brand ambassador of the Qalandars from 2016 to 2018 PSL editions. In the 2019 season, the team management made Shaheen Shah Afridi the brand ambassador.

Management and coaching staff

NamePosition
Sameen RanaCOO And Manager
Atif RanaCEO
Aaqib JavedDirector Of Cricket Operations And Head Coach
Farooq AnwarAssistant Team Manager
Mansoor RanaBatting Coach
Waqas AhmedBowling Coach
Shehzad ButtFielding Coach
Ben DunkPower-Hitting Coach
Hiten MaisuriaPhysiotherapist

Anthems

The team’s anthem for the inaugural season of PSL,” Dama Dam Mast,” was released in two versions; one was sung by Asrar and the other by Nabeel Shaukat. In 2017, the official song was released by Shafqat Amanat Ali, ” Dama Dam Mast Lahore Qalandars.”

Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings’ Rivalry

The Qalandars have a gigantic rivalry with the Karachi Kings and is known to be the most substantial rivalry in the PSL. Subsequently, the cultural and economic disparities contribute to the Karachi and Lahore conflict.

Overall, as of the 2023 PSL season, both teams played 19 matches. Out of 19 matches, Karachi Kings were victorious ten times, and Lahore only won 9 times. Both teams have an immense fan following, which makes their matches more thrilling and exciting. Besides, both teams are considered the Most Expensive Teams of PSL.

Karachi Kings Rivalry

Additionally, the Qalandars have a provincial conflict with the second team, Multan Sultans. The matches played between the two are called “The Punjab Derby.”

Team Identity

Rana Fawad launched the Qalandars on December 12, 2015. Additionally, Qalandars is a term to describe saints and Sufi mystics who devoted their lives to Islam. The shrines of these saints and mystics attract millions of devotees and tourists. Moreover, Lahore is enriched with this Sufi culture. Hence, the term Qalandars was added to the name to highlight the cultural norms and values of Lahore. The “Q” in Qalandars also represents the QALCO and Qatar.

The team’s logo features a saint performing the cultural Sufi Dance to signify the Sufi culture of the city. Moreover, there is a cricket ball at the base and stumps at the right of the logo.

In the first season of the PSL, the team’s kit colours were red and black. Later, in the second season, Qalandaars substituted the red with the green.

Sponsors

Initial sponsors of the shirt and title were Mobilink and Al-Karam. The media partner of the Qalandars is Geo TV, and the team’s hospitality sponsor is Royal Palm. Millat Sports, a top sportswear brand, is the team’s kit manufacturer.

YearKit ManufacturerShirt Sponsor (Chest)Shirt Sponsor (Back)Chest BrandingSleeve Branding
2016Millat SportsJAZZAl-Karam TextilesGeo NewsQALCO, Mobilink
2017EcostarGreeQALCO, Huawei, Royal Palm
2018Mughal SteelBank Of Punjab, ZXMCO, Royal Palm
2019Hashmi IspagholQALCO, Lays
2020Mughal Steel
2021B4U CabsBravo Super MarketMughal Steel, Revolt
2022 Marina Sports CityAl Jalil GardenBank Of Punjab, Airsial, Kausar Rana Trust
2023 Qalandars CityMELBETMughal SteelBank Of Punjab, Airsial

Lahore Qalandars Kit

The Top Paid Players

PlayersBase SalaryDraft CategoryStatusContract
Fakhar Zaman$170kPlatinumLocal2023
Rashid Khan$170kPlatinumOverseas2023
Shaheen Shah Afridi$170kPlatinumLocal2023
Dawid Wiese$130kDiamondOverseas2023
Hussain Talat$130kDiamondLocal2023
Haris Rauf$130kDiamondLocal2023
Abdullah Shafique$60kGoldLocal2023
Liam Dawson$60kGoldOverseas2023
Sikander Raza$60kGoldOverseas2023
Ahmad Daniyal$25kSilverLocal2023
Dilbar Hussain$25kSilverLocal2023
Harry Brook$25kSilverOverseas2023
Kamran Ghulam$25kSilverLocal2023
Mirza Tahir Baig$25kSilverLocal2023
Shawaiz Irfan$10kEmergingLocal2023
Zaman Khan$10kEmergingLocal2023
Jalat Khan$25kSupplementaryLocal2023
Jordan Cox$130kSupplementaryOverseas2023

Result Summary

YearPlayedWonLossTie&WTie&LNRSR (%)PositionSummary
201682600025.005/5League Stage
201783500037.505/5League Stage
2018102611030.006/6League Stage
2019103700030.006/6League Stage
2020137600053.852/6Runners-Up
2021105500050.005/6League Stage
2022138401065.392/6Champions
2023139400069.231/6Champions
Total85394312044.73 2 Titles
PSL 8 Champions

Head-to-Head Record

Pakistan Super League

OppositionYearsMatWonLostTie&WTie&LNRSR (%)
Islamabad United2016–Present178801050.00
Karachi Kings2016–Present1751110032.35
Multan Sultans2018–Present179800052.94
Peshawar Zalmi2016–Present188901047.22
Quetta Gladiators2016–Present169700056.25

Non-PSL Teams

OppositionYearsMatWonLostTie&WTie&LNRSR (%)
Hobart Hurricanes2018110000100.00
Marylebone Cricket Club20201010000.00
Titans2018110000100.00
Yorkshire2018110000100.00

 massive win in PSL final

Statistics

Most Runs

 PlayerYearsRuns
Fakhar Zaman2017–present2,368
Mohammad Hafeez2019–2022925
Sohail Akhtar2018–2022808
David Wiese2019–present562
Umar Akmal2016–2018556

Most Wickets

PlayerYearsWickets
Shaheen Afridi2018–Present94
Haris Rauf2018–Present66
Rashid Khan2021–Present44
David Wiese2019–Present37
Zaman Khan2022–Present33

Which team has won PSL twice?

Lahore has won the PSL title twice in 2022 and 2023.

How many times has Lahore won PSL?

Lahore has won the PSL title twice in 2022 and 2023.

What is the lowest score in PSL for Lahore Qalandars?

Qalandars is the only team with such a low score of 59 in UAE and 76 in Pakistan.

What is the business of Fawad Rana?

Fawad Naseem Rana, a prominent businessman in Pakistan, owns the team. Concurrently, he is the managing director of the Doha-based Qatar Lubricants Company Limited (QALCO).

Who is the owner of Lahore?

Fawad Naseem Rana, a prominent businessman in Pakistan, owns the team.

Who took the most wickets in Lahore Qalandars?

Shaheen Afridi is the bowler with the most wickets in the Qalandars, with 94 wickets.

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