Lahore Lions is a Pakistani cricket team representing the city Lahore and is one of the 19 domestic teams. The team was established by Lahore Regional Cricket Association in 2004/05 in its home ground Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Domestically, the team plays in the Haier T20 Cup. The team won its first title in 2010 where they defeated Karachi Dolphins by 37 runs in their home ground Gaddafi Stadium.
1 Only once they played in CLT20 and went to group stage won their matches against Express Southern of Sri Lanka and giants of Indian Premier League Mumbai Indians. Imran Tahir current South African premier spin bowler led this side in 2006, tournament and won that single match as a captain of Lahore Lions.
2 Times remained runner-up in Pakistan’s national t20 cup 2009 and 2014-15 tournaments, under the captaincy of Abdur Razzak and Azhar Ali respectively.
3 Azhar Ali and Salman Butt both won 3 matches for Lahore Lions as captains. They also won 3 games out of 6 played in their first CLT20 tournament. Also they won 3 times National T20 Tournaments in 2010-11, 2012-13 and 2013-14 respectively.
5.65 is the economy rate of Professor Muhammad Hafeez , who bowled minimum 20 overs in his career with Lahore Lions, but Hafeez bowled 90 overs and maintaining this type of economy rate is something which any other spinner bowler dreamt of it.
6 duck inning played by Ahmed Shahzad in overall his career with Lahore Lions which is most by any Lions player.
8 total numbers of captains who led the side, till today includes, Muhammad Yousuf, Imran Farhat, Abdur Razzak, Imran Tahir, Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Muhammad Hafeez, and Azhar Ali.
24 is the number of matches in which Professor Muhammad Hafeez led the side till last year’s CLT20 in India.
29 is the number of catches taken by Ahmed Shahzad in 49 matches at total he played for Lions.
36 is the number of extras they concede in a single T20 match against Karachi Dolphins in 2005 tournament.
60. Most T20 matches played by Nasir Jamshed for Lahore Lions from 2005 till today with highest score of 71 not out
72 is the number of wickets taken by Aizaz Cheema in only 42 matches played for lions with the best figure of 4/17 in 4 overs.
98 is the lowest score of Lions against Northern Knights in last year’s CLT20 edition.
109 is the highest individual score by Lahore Lions belongs to Abdur Razzak , he mad this in 2009 against Quetta bears in only 51 balls with the help of 8 sixes and 8 fours.
151 is the strike rate of Abdur Razzak at minimum 500 runs from Lahore Lions which is most by any batsman, next is Umar Akmal whose strike rate is nearing 140.
162 runs made by Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal which is the highest partnership by runs against Quetta on 26 May 2009.
234 is the highest score in an inning by Lions they made this score with the loss of only four wickets against Islamabad Leopard at Karachi in 2006.
391 is an individual score by any Lions Player in a single edition of National T20 competition. He did this 2012/13 Faisal Bank Cup.
1460 this number belongs to Ahmed Shahzad he holds the highest position in runs list. He made these runs in only 49 T20 matches.
The most important thing, which I should mention here, that from this year Pakistan Cricket Board decided to change their name from Lahore Lions to Lahore Whites, This name is their brand but PCB decided to change names of all teams who are currently participating in Haier T20 Cup 2015-16 at Rawalpindi. Now their careers will be for Lahore Lions would never add up, but for a new team called Lahore Whites.
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