Lahore Qalandars Captain Sohail Akhtar Made History
The Lahore Qalandars looked set to win the last four seasons of the Pakistan Super League. Lahore has won 10 of 36 matches in the last four seasons. After failing in 24 overs and two matches being tied, the decisions of the matches were made in the super over ground. One succeeded, the other failed. Lahore’s victory rate was 30%. It was the only team whose journey ended in the last four seasons. Despite the services of the best players like Azhar Ali, Devin Bravo, Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Fakhr Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi, the performance of the Qalandars team was disappointing.
PSL Season Five:
Azhar Ali, Devin Bravo, Brendon McCullum, Mohammad Hafeez, AB de Villiers, and Fakhr Zaman could not do that. Sohail Akhtar, the new captain of Lahore Qalandars, performed that feat in PSL season five.
Sohail Akhtar made history by making Lahore Qalandars reach the semi-finals in the 2020 Pakistan Super League. Sohail Akhtar is the seventh captain of Lahore Qalandars. After a five-year wait for the Lahore Qalandars, he took the team to the top three. Led by hard hitter batsmen, the team won 5 out of 10 matches.
Victory of Lahore Qalandars:
The Lahore Qalandars looked set to win the last four seasons of the Pakistan Super League. In the last four seasons, Lahore has won 10 out of 36 matches, lost 24 and after two matches were tied, the decisions of the matches were made in super overs. One succeeded, the other failed. Lahore’s victory rate was 30%. It was the only team to reach the last position in the last four seasons. Despite the services of the best players like Azhar Ali, Devin Bravo, Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Fakhr Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shaheen Shah Afridi, the performance of the Qalandars team was disappointing.
Sohail Akhtar Victories:
Sohail Akhtar, 34, hails from Haripur, a town in the Hazara division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but is not Pakhtun. He made his Pakistan Cricket Board inter-district senior tournament at the age of 24. Born in March 1986, the player represented Abbottabad and started playing first-class in the 2012-13 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
He played 12 first-class matches from 2013-2017. He limited himself to short format T20 cricket and scored 303 runs representing FATA in 2017-18. He has represented the Northern Cricket Team in the Pakistan Cup in 2018 and the National T20 in 2019-20.
Sohail Akhter starting Career:
Sohail Akhtar quit playing cricket in Pakistan in 2017 out of frustration with the cricket system and started working as a clerk in Pakistan Atomic Energy. The turning point in his life came when he saw an advertisement in the media for the Lahore Qalandars Players Development Program. So he tried his luck at the Qalandars Academy, where Qalandars coaches could not help but be impressed by his abilities and skills.
In the initial edition, Azhar Ali, the current Test captain of the Pakistan cricket team, was given the command of the Lahore Qalandars. He won two of the seven matches, lost five, and had a performance ratio of 28.57. In the fifth match of the tournament, former West Indies cricketer Devin Bravo replaced Captain Azhar Ali as captain against Karachi Kings, in which Lahore Qalandars lost by 27 runs. Lahore Qalandars finished their journey in 2016 PSL at the last position.
Last Match For the Lahore Qalandars:
The last match for the Lahore Qalandars was a do-or-die situation. The Lahore Qalandars team was seen playing head to head against the Multan Sultans. Multan Sultans, the top team of PSL 2020, gave Qalandars a target of 187 runs to win. Chris Lane’s unbeaten century and Fakhr Zaman’s aggressive batting led the Qalandars to the semi-finals. Qalandars won by 9 wickets against Multan Sultans. Chris Lane remained unbeaten on 113 off 55 balls with the help of 8 sixes and 12 fours while Fakhr Zaman scored 57 runs.