Lahore Lions Summarized by Hamadullah Sohu

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.

Hamadullah Sohu is a freelance sports journalist

Do follow him on Twitter @hsohu


Haier T20 Cup 2015

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) finally unveiled the trophy of their Domestic T20 event after a week long dispute with Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) on new structure of Domestic Tournaments (It is changed third time in last four years). They (PCB) launched the Cool & Cool presents Haier T-20 Cup 2015-16 with great fanfare at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi.

The qualifying round of the event commences on Sept. 1 and runs up to Sept. 5, 2015. Eight Teams will participate in qualifying round. The Winner of both semi-finals of qualifying round shall make it to the main round.

Twelve teams will contest for Cool & Cool Presents Haier Mobile T20 CUP 2015-2016 in the main tournament. The main tournament will commence on Sept. 8 and its semifinals will be played on Sept 14 and the final will take place on Sept. 15.

Interestingly this year PCB changed names of their all regional teams, which was used to be ended with an animal name just like Lahore Lions, Karachi Dolphins, Sialkot Stallions, Faisalabad Wolves and so on. But not for this year, this year these teams are named as Karachi Whites, Karachi Blues, Lahore Whites, Lahore Blues and other regional teams will go with their region name. One thing which attracts me is prefixes of team names, this year they are also called with their sponsors’ name follow this

Team Sponsors:

  1. J.Junaid Jamshed Karachi Blues
  2. Brighto Paints Lahore Blues
  3. Mughal Steel Larkana
  4. J. Junaid Jamshed Quetta
  5. Golden Pearl Cosmetics AJK
  6. Golden Pearl Cosmetics DMJ
  7. Haier Mobile FATA
  8. Brighto Paints Bahawalpur

I hope you all will face some difficulty to recognize teams and players, more interestingly what will be their kits as name suggests us Lahore Whites & Karachi Whites. What they both teams will wear a kit an interesting question, which will be sorted soon. PTV Sports a national sports channel will telecast event live and exclusively.

Hamadullah Sohu is a Freelance Sports Journalist

Do Follow Him on Twitter @hsohu

This article published on Independent Sports Journalists


Rookie spinner Dananjaya gets World T20 call-up

Akila Dananjaya celebrates one of his three wickets, Nagenahira Nagas v Wayamba United, SLPL, Pallekele, August 20, 2012

Akila Dananjaya has performed well for Wayamba United in the SLPL

Akila Dananjaya has been named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the World Twenty20, following four impressive performances for Wayamba United in the ongoing Sri Lanka Premier League. Another uncapped player, opening batsman Dilshan Munaweera, has been picked and Ajantha Mendis has earned a recall. Mendis has not played for Sri Lanka since January after suffering a back injury.

Dananjaya, 18, had never played professional cricket prior to the SLPL, nor was he picked for the U-19 side currently competing in the World Cup in Australia. He had been selected in the preliminary 30-man squad solely on the recommendation of captain Mahela Jayawardene, who had faced him at Sri Lanka’s net session. Dananjaya has taken seven wickets at the SLPL, at an average of 11 and an economy rate of 4.81.

Munaweera was picked despite not being named in the preliminary list. Renowned as a clean hitter on the domestic circuit, he showed glimpses of that power in the SLPL, but has a highest score of 36 in his four innings in the tournament so far

Mendis, though, has been impressive in the SLPL. He has nine wickets at an average of 14.11 in four matches.

A fractured finger during the ODI series against India last month had ruled out Kumar Sangakkara for four to six weeks and his selection in the 15 remains subject to his recovery in time for the competition. Likewise with seamer Nuwan Kulasekara, who suffered a groin injury in July.

There is no room in the side for batsman Upul Tharanga, who played in the Twenty20 against India earlier this month, despite scores of 65 not out and 48 for his franchise. Chamara Kapugedara, who hit a match-winning 69 from 39 balls for Uthura Rudras on Tuesday also missed out.

Sri Lanka play their first warm-up ahead of the World T20 against West Indies on September 13. Their first game of the tournament is against Zimbabwe on September 18.

Sri Lanka squad: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Shaminda Eranga, Akila Dhanajaya.


Who is Akila Dananjaya?

Akila Dananjaya has all the variations but what’s most impressive is the cunning with which he uses them

Andrew Fernando

August 24, 2012

When Akila Dananjaya‘s name appeared in Sri Lanka’s provisional squad for the ICC World Twenty20, the rumour mill spun out stories where the media could not. Some accused his family of using political clout to achieve his sudden elevation. It would not have been the first time, after all. Others alleged money had passed hands – a favour in exchange for funds for an ailing board. Others still supposed it was a mistake, or an oversight. Why would an 18-year-old unknown, who has never played for Sri Lanka at Under-19 level, let alone any first-class or List A cricket, be picked for the national side? As is often the case, the truth was perhaps more far-fetched, and certainly more charming, than fiction.

Dananjaya is the son of a carpenter from Panadura, just south of Colombo. He had been playing tier-three school cricket for the little-known Mahanama Vidyalaya when he was invited to a Sri Lanka practice session ahead of Pakistan’s tour in June. Coach Graham Ford and Mahela Jayawardene had been searching for a bowler who could mimic Saeed Ajmal, and his doosra in particular. What they got in Dananjaya was more than just a competent impostor.

In his first professional match, for Wayamba United in the SLPL, Dananjaya showcased the tools with which he had so impressed Jayawardene and Ford that they requested he be fast-tracked to the tips of the national team. He began with several stock offspinners, flighted, dipping, and ripping out of the Premadasa clay. Then the googly was introduced. More subtle than most at the point of delivery, but then so was the turn – not that that was any mercy to the three batsmen who have fallen to it in the tournament so far. The doosra followed, his first ball to cut away from the right-hander. The legbreak next, flighted again and with a slight snap of overspin. And the carrom ball last – maybe a tad too short to be truly effective, giving the batsman time to read it off the pitch.

But perhaps the most impressive aspects of his game were not his variations, but the cunning with which he used them. In each of his spells throughout the SLPL, Dananjaya has resisted trotting out his deliveries for the circus. Each ball has been deliberate, each length has attempted to draw the batsman into a false stroke, though he does occasionally miss his target and overpitch. His focus on his own game has been encouraging too. Instead of allowing nerves to frighten him into a defensive approach, he has seemed in complete control, at home even, in the limelight. “What’s been really good to see is his temperament, for a guy who hasn’t played at this level before,” Wayamba United and former Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss said. “The control with which he bowls his various deliveries is impressive, but he’s also shown a lot of poise at the big moments, and a tendency to ignore what’s going on around him and do what he does.”

A drive to excel has also been apparent. In the last over of his second match, he gave one ball a touch too much air and was tonked back over his head for six. The blow had only bumped his figures down from outstanding to excellent – he still claimed 2 for 20 from his four overs – but it was enough to spark visible frustration. That he abhors to serve up poor deliveries is plain from his economy rate. In 16 overs in the SLPL so far, he has conceded only 4.81 an over.

Like Ajantha Mendis eventually discovered at Test level, perhaps Dananjaya’s mystery will dim with the help of time and reels of videotape. “The challenge for him will come when batsmen get a better look at him and begin to work him out,” Bayliss said. “But he has the basics there to make him a good bowler regardless, and maybe in future his focus might be on the more orthodox aspects of spin bowling.”

Mendis has also been named in the final squad for the World Twenty20, a format in which he is still very effective. If Dananjaya hopes to become Sri Lanka’s long-term spinner in every format, he may only need to look in his own dressing room for a caution on over-reliance on mystery. The novelty of his method may get him through his first international assignment, but he must prove himself a disciple of flight, dip and turn, if he is to truly make good on his considerable promise.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent in Sri Lanka

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