What is wrong with Lahore Qalandars?
Pakistan Super League (PSL) has done for Pakistan cricket which IPL did for India and now it has become a festival celebrated with fervour and zeal.
Fans around the country want their favorite teams to perform well in the tournament.
It is so far so good from Karachi’s fans point of view as their team is show casing good cricket as compared to last two seasons but the fans of Lahore are still looking forward to their team to at least get off the mark.
The Lahore team’s management has adopted all the ways to bring their team back on the track which ended last two seasons as fifth however their performance in this season I think will repeat their losing script.
They changed their captain, then they bought new players and at last the former Pakistan Test pacer Aaqib Javed was brought into the fold with high hopes that he will put the previously under-achieving Lahore franchise on track in this season.
But still the results are the same as under his watch, Lahore has gone from bad to worse.
This time if they exit from the tournament first then they will finish at sixth not fifth due to the addition of the new franchise [Multan]. This might be the only change for them this time around otherwise they are not in a mood to achieve much in the ongoing season.
I can’t believe that after doing some extra-ordinary homework throughout last year, Lahore has failed to achieve quality results so far in this tournament.
They lost five matches on the trot out of which two were easily taken away from their pocket.
Despite conducting talent hunt programs and lots of confidence gaining activities, their team performance has dismayed their fans.
Having mixed [International and National] flavor of players including one of the most prominent among the hard hitters in shorter format around the world.
Brendon Mccullum, Pakistan’s Umar Akmal, hero of last year’s Champions trophy final Fakhar Zaman, Sunil Narine and some of the other renowned players but their individual performances (minus Umar Akmal) are not turning into a strong collective effort and is leaving their management and fans disappointed each time they take the field.
Their most reliable player Umar Akmal is failing again and again.
It is pertinent here to mention that Umar was the highest run-scorer of the PSL season one, although his team made an earlier exit from the tournament. He scored four half-centuries in his overall 335 runs in seven innings.
What else you can expect from a team which visibly doesn’t have a plan before entering the ground. Their players at several occasions were seen playing for themselves rather than their team.
Meanwhile, I think, their players’ attitude is indicating that there is something fishy among them which in result harming the image of one of the most popular franchises of the league.
Can the PCB interfere for the sake of the quality of the tournament? The way Lahore Qalandars is performing, I think the PCB should do that.
I hope that next year someone can just drop Fawad Rana a hint so he doesn’t have to be so cutely disappointed
Meanwhile, we too can pray for Lahore Qalandars to make a comeback, they need a strong one.