[VIDEOS] Lahore Qalandars appoint Shaheen Shah Afridi as captain for PSL 7


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    [VIDEOS] Lahore Qalandars appoint Shaheen Shah Afridi as captain for PSL 7

    Lahore Qalandars, is proud to announce that Pakistan’s star fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi will be their new captain.

    Shaheen Afridi made his PSL debut with Lahore Qalandars in 2018 and since then he has been an integral part of the team. He is leading wicket taker for Lahore Qalandars in HBL-PSL with a total tally of 50 PSL wickets in 37 games.

    Shaheen Shah Afridi replaces Sohail Akhtar who led the side in last two editions. Akhtar led Qalandars also played the final of PSL-V.

    Shaheen ended the year 2021 as most successful bowler in international cricket with 78 wickets across all formats.

    Commenting on Afridi’s appointment as captain, Aqib Javed, the Director Cricket Operations and Head Coach of Lahore Qalandars said: “We are very happy to appoint him as captain of Lahore Qalandars and looking forward to see his wonders both with ball and his leadership skills. He has been with us since 2018 and this is the right time to provide him the opportunity to lead the Lahore Qalandars’ young outfit.”

    Shaheen Afridi was equally excited on his appointment. the pace sensation said that Qalandars will continue to play exciting cricket.

    “I am very excited to be named as captain of Lahore Qalandars this year. We have a very balanced side with all the bases covered, we will try our best to bring the trophy home for Lahore Qalandars’ fans this year.” he said.

    Mr. Sameen Rana, COO of the franchise and Team Manager of Qalandars congratulated Shaheen on his appointment and recalled the journey of fast bowler with LQ.

    “I still remember the day when an 18-year-old boy came to Lahore Qalandars squad for the first time, that boy - Shaheen Shah Afridi - is today the most sought-after fast bowler in the world by teams. One thing that impressed us all is his excellent leadership skill and his humility. It’s a remarkable journey for Shaheen becoming the premium fast bowler in the world and I wish him good luck,” Mr Rana said.
    Last edited by MenInG; 20th December 2021 at 18:47.

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    Donít think heís quite ready for captaincy but wish him all the best

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    Is Sohail Akhtar playing as a player or is the scam finally over? Unbelievable how he managed to survive for so long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Is Sohail Akhtar playing as a player or is the scam finally over? Unbelievable how he managed to survive for so long.
    Playing

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    I think they were forced to change the captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Is Sohail Akhtar playing as a player or is the scam finally over? Unbelievable how he managed to survive for so long.
    Still a better T20 option than Imam ul Haq

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    looking at the players Lahore has, they are missing a mature/ prime individual who has any proper experience -

    Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ahmed Daniyal, Fakhar Zaman, Phil Salt, Harry Brook, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Dean Foxcroft, Zaman Khan, Maaz Khan, Samit Patel, Syed Faridoun

    None of the above match a captaincy material


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    He seems quite immature and dare I say it quite dumb aswell. He also has lost the plot a couple of times in the field.

    I'd much rather he played under a more experienced captain for a few seasons so he can develop his bowling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finalfantasy7 View Post
    looking at the players Lahore has, they are missing a mature/ prime individual who has any proper experience -

    Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ahmed Daniyal, Fakhar Zaman, Phil Salt, Harry Brook, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Dean Foxcroft, Zaman Khan, Maaz Khan, Samit Patel, Syed Faridoun

    None of the above match a captaincy material
    David Weise is a perfect candidate. He is a proper gentleman and a well experienced, seasoned cricketer. Plus, he is a clutch player for Lahore Qalandars.

    David Weise over SSA any day as a captain. I wouldn’t be surprised if Weise is the one Shaheen reluctantly consults the most anyways

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    Defo isnt captaincy material especially when he cant take reviews himself properly never mind when he is captain

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    Quote Originally Posted by finalfantasy7 View Post
    looking at the players Lahore has, they are missing a mature/ prime individual who has any proper experience -

    Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rashid Khan, David Wiese, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar, Zeeshan Ashraf, Ahmed Daniyal, Fakhar Zaman, Phil Salt, Harry Brook, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Dean Foxcroft, Zaman Khan, Maaz Khan, Samit Patel, Syed Faridoun

    None of the above match a captaincy material
    oh but they have an experienced player who is blessed to be very good in all three facets of the game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    David Weise is a perfect candidate. He is a proper gentleman and a well experienced, seasoned cricketer. Plus, he is a clutch player for Lahore Qalandars.

    David Weise over SSA any day as a captain. I wouldn’t be surprised if Weise is the one Shaheen reluctantly consults the most anyways
    i disagree - he's a decent player , but plays a bit too at a lower level for my liking to be made a captain


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaddy View Post
    oh but they have an experienced player who is blessed to be very good in all three facets of the game
    lol, he's the first one on my list who i wouldn't pick


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    Horrible decision.
    He may be a very good bowler, but awareness wise he seems zilch!

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    Yes he gets flustered very quickly maybe captaincy will teach him some calmness. At least he is a better option than Sohail Akhtar whose name we only hear during PSL.

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    This was probably the most obvious choice to captain.

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    SSA has been the most improved cricketer in terms of game sense ...

    He protrays himself as "the man" ... congratulating not only Pakistani players but also the oppositon

    yes, he lost plot against Aus in semi-finla but he is just 20 or 21

    he is the man...

    Qalandars couldnt have done better than hi

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    Right decision Pakistan need future leaders and they can only be developed when you give them that opportunity.

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    I'm not sure this is the right decision.

    Too soon perhaps, I'd rather he was just told to concentrate on demolishing opposition batting line ups.



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    A sound decision by LQ. And here's why.

    Back in 90s, early 2000s when England were still floundering, the ECB commissioned a review to see how England's performances could be improved. The biggest change this review brought was the central contracts system, but another active finding was the lack of England players captaining their county sides at the time. It can't be overstated enough how much captaining out of the glare of the spotlight helps individuals become more responsible and think more about their own game. A dressing room is stronger when leaders can be found everywhere. And that type of grooming can only be done in domestic cricket.

    I remember India using a similar example, where after the first few seasons, almost all IPL captains were Indian. People like Kohli, Sharma, Rahane Gambhir and Ashwin were all leading their respective teams. Thus when the Indian captaincy went from Dhoni to Kohli, Kohli had had some experience. Sharma will similarly benefit now and Rahane benefited during the Australia series.

    So it's good that PSL teams are giving Pakistan players captaincy opportunities. It'll only have a beneficial effect for Rizwan, Babar, Shadab and now SSA.

    Also, Given that SSA is always with Pakistan, the only chance he then gets to captain, is in the PSL. So, whilst I don't know how fruitful this will be for LQ, but it will be great for Shaheen's own development as a cricketer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I'm not sure this is the right decision.

    Too soon perhaps, I'd rather he was just told to concentrate on demolishing opposition batting line ups.
    Good decision. Since you aren't making him Skipper of the National team. Franchise cricket is just for fun, money and entertainment. I am glad we have franchise cricket to experiment things.

    It's a good decision because your captain should be the best player in your team. After Babar the best player in your team is and will be SSA for foreseeable future. Otherwise you would be making Shan/Imad/Sarfraz type players(and their likes after 7-8 years) your skipper, who are nowhere near your best players in the team but you have to carry that dead weight along with your team just because they are Captain.

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    It is too early to make him the captain.He is a good player but you need to be a good tactician esp in the longer formats.I guess experienced players around him can help him with field placing a and bowling changes.It is T20 so no need to be too serious.

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    Good for him to captain and get experience in inconsequential tourneys like these. Will help him at the international stage.

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    This will backfire, poor decision , Shaheen is still learning the art of bowling , does not need any additional distraction/burden.

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    Shahid Afridi speaking on TV:

    “Other teams have already set the example of naming a junior player as captain, in presence of senior players. Look at MS Dhoni for instance, he led a team which included players like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly but he did exceptionally well"

    “I had advised Shaheen to wait for a year or two before accepting captaincy, so that he can focus more on his bowling. But as he is also an Afridi, he didn’t listen to me"

    “Having said that, I’m happy that he has decided to accept this responsibility and I hope that he proves me wrong"


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    Unusually sound advice from one Afridi to another; however, quite usual that one Afridi didn't accept the advice from the other Afridi...

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    Don't know if it's the right choice or wrong but LQ usually make the popular fan choices.

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    Shaheen busy training for PSL 7



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    Supporting LQ especially because SSA is captain. Godspeed!

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    Man, this guy reallly is a SUPERSTAR. His bowling but also his all round fitness. For a tall pacer, especially one from Pakistan - he is incredibly athletic.

    Not to mention he’s actually close to his stated age. Liking the beard look.

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    Today's additional players and partial replacements for Lahore Qalandars:

    In supplementary round: Mohammad Imran Randhawa and Akif Javed (both Silver).

    In replacement round: Ben Dunk (Gold)



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    Abdullah Shafique
    Fakhar Zaman
    Zeeshan Ashraf
    Hafeez
    Kamran Ghullam
    Dunk F
    Weise F
    Rashid F
    Shaheen
    Rauf
    Zaman Khan E

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    Randawha could become a handy player for qalandars. But overall seems like the same team.

    Fakhar
    Abdullulah
    Hafeez
    Dunk
    Akhtar
    Wiese
    Samit
    Rashid
    Shaheen
    Haris
    Zaman

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    Mohammad Hafeez speaking to the media:

    "I wish Shaheen Shah Afridi all the best and this is a great opportunity for him to prove himself as a leader"

    "As a bowler he has already proved himself to the world and we are all his fans, and I am sure we will support him in this case as well"

    "When he spoke to me, I advised him to enjoy his cricket and told him that we are all there to help him if he finds anything too difficult to handle and will take pressure off him if needed"

    "I am sure he will enjoy himself in this role and on a personal note, I am praying for his success"

    "He is my teammate and whatever I understand of the game, I will pass on to Shaheen but I am sure he will do a great job as his understanding of the game is very strong"

    "From my experience of playing alongside him in international cricket, I can say that you dont need to advise him too much about how to deliver"

    "So I am sure if someone who is so successful at the international level can also succeed in this role"

    "If someone is effected by Covid-19 then the PSL should not be stopped or postponed due to that, instead the effected person should be separated from the team or tournament, and the tournament should continue as normal as nothing is to be gained by postponing it, as rescheudling it becomes a tough job as we saw last time as we could not enjoy the tournament when we held the remaining games in the UAE"


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