Lahore Qalandars is the professional cricket franchise in Pakistan Super League. This franchise represents the city of Lahore in PSL. Lahore Qalandars team is owned by Qatar Lubricants Company, Ltd. After Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars is the second most expensive franchise. Lahore Qalandars announced by Pakistan Cricket Board in the inaugural season of Pakistan Super League. Lahore Qalandars franchise organized across eight cities in Pakistan by the “Jazz Rising Stars” to identify the upcoming youth talent.
Aaqib Javed Director of Lahore Qalandars:
Pakistan Cricket Board has appointed Aaqib Javed as the director of Lahore Qalandars in PSL. According to the reports former cricketer, Aaqib Javed has resigned as the coach of the UAE national team, and he took over his role as the director of the franchise of Lahore Qalandars in Pakistan Super League. Aaqib Javed well experienced fast bowler, with the great exponent of reverse and traditional fast bowling during his time. His experienced in the bowling side will help the players a lot.
Brendon McCullum Lahore Qalandars Captain in PSL 2017:
In the second edition of Pakistan Super League, Lahore Qalandars (LQ) will lead by Brendon McCullum, a New Zealand’s former captain of the cricket team. The news has confirmed by the LQ’s director cricket operation Aaqib Javed. He stated that “Brendon McCullum along with leading the side, will also be the batting mentor for LQ-Lahore Qalandars”. Aaqib Javed further said that “The decision has been taken to improve and enhance the chances to do the better performance in the 2nd edition of PSL”. He added that Brendon McCullum is one of the best captains of the world of cricket. In the 1st edition of PSL 2016, Lahore Qalandars led by Azhar Ali, LQ under Azhar’s captaincy could manage to win only in just two matches out of the eight games in the 1st season of PSL2016.
Paddy Upton Lahore Qalandars Coach PSL 2017:
Former South African international coach Paddy Upton has been selected for the charge of the coach for Lahore Qalandars franchise. Paddy is a reputed coach with vast experience of international cricket at the biggest stage and Paddy’s presence in the dressing room is considered to have a very positive impact on the players. Paddy has previously worked as the coach of the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Ijaz Ahmed, the Ex-Pakistani batsman, is also involved as an assistant of the Lahore Qalandars for the batting coach and consulting.
PSL 2017 Lahore Qalandars Squad:
PSL 2017 draft has been conducted on Wednesday 19th October 2016 in Dubai, UAE. Lahore Qalandars is one of the main and leading teams of Pakistan Super League and in the second edition of the PSL 2017 drafting of the team occurred with many experiences with new faces and also retained many of past players. The squad of Lahore Qalandars includes a total of 20 players among those players seven players are the foreign side, and 13 are the local country side players.
Lahore Qalandars (LQ) 16 Players Squad:
• Brendon McCullum
• Cameron Delport
• Dwayne Bravo
• Fakhar Zaman
• Yasir Shah
• Sunil Narine
• Azhar Ali
• Umar Akmal
• Bilawal Bhatti
• Aamer Yamin
• Anton Devcich
• Ghulam Muddasir
• Mohammad Rizwan
• Sohail Tanveer
• Usman Qadir
• Zafar Gohar
Lahore Qalandars (LQ) Supplementary Players:
• Shaun Tait
• Grant Elliot
• Mohammad Irfan
• Saif Babar
Management Staff of Lahore Qalandars:
The owner of the franchise is Rana Fawad, and the CEO of the team is Rana Atif. The manager of the team of Lahore Qalandars is Rana Sameen. Aaqib Javed is the director of the franchise. The coaching staff of the Qalandars has lots of experienced as they include Ijaz Ahmed assigned to the Qalandars’ batting coach and consultant. Head Coach and Fitness Trainer of the team is Paddy Upton. Shahid Aslam is the assistant coach of the team, and Muddasir Nazeer is the advisor of the Qalandars. Fielding coach of the LQ is Shawn Bradstreet, and the Physio of the team is John Gloster from Australia.
Reason to choose the name Lahore Qalandars:
Lahore Qalandars is the franchise represent the Lahore city of Pakistan in PSL, the name for the Lahore team was chosen to highlight the Lahore’s Sufi Culture. Sufi Culture is all about the love, peace, and respect. Qalandar is a real representation to promote the culture of Pakistan.