The history of Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League hasn’t been great but they changed things upside down in the last edition and made it to the PSL Final. They would expect to continue in the same fashion as they head into the PSL 2021. Even though they have produced a few good players over these past few seasons and the individuals have also represented the Pakistan national side too, they couldn’t really pull up a team effort that could lead them to the victory stand. Are we going to see any major changes in PSL 2021 Lahore Qalandars Squad? Let’s find out.
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Akhtar, Haris Rauf, Ben Dunk, Dilbar Hussain, Rashid Khan, Samit Patel, Mohammad Faizan, Tom Abell, Salman Ali Agha, Zeeshan Ashraf, Maaz Khan, Zaid Alam, Joe Denly, Ahmed Danyal
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|Category||Lahore Qalandars Drafted Players|
|Retained||Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, David Wiese, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Akhtar, Haris Rauf, Ben Dunk, Dilbar Hussain|
|Silver||Mohammad Faizan, Tom Abell, Salman Ali Agha, Zeeshan Ashraf|
|Emerging||Maaz Khan, Zaid Alam|
|Supplementary||Joe Denly, Ahmed Danyal|
PSL 2021 Lahore Qalandars Squad
Update: Final Squad updated above
Having played under Sohail Akhtar at PSL 5, Lahore Qalandars managed to get into the Final of the tournament. Now, the big question is if they’d continue with that decision or some change is on the cards. To be honest, we do not have any official word yet but we expect that the same captain will stay in the PSL 6 as well.
The news floating around is that the Qalandars have decided not to retain Salman Butt for the next season of PSL. The left-handed opener, and the former captain, hasn’t been impressive ever since his return to international cricket after the spot-fixing scandal and consequent sentence. He didn’t prove his worth to the side in the last edition either.
The Pakistan Super League 2021 draft is scheduled in January this year and the tournament will get underway on 20th of February. So, we have a lot of time until then and the management will definitely ponder over the matter before the team finally participates in the tournament.
Besides the decision on captaincy, is it time for another major overhaul for Lahore Qalandars? Let’s find out what players they went with during the PSL 2020.
PSL 2020 Lahore Qalandars Squad
The biggest pick for the Lahore Qalandars last year was the former South African captain AB de Villiers. They also picked Mohammad Hafeez who was previously playing for Peshawar Zalmi. Carlos Brathwaite and Corey Anderson were available only partially during the season. And it was Yasir Shah besides them who made the last Diamond pick. Most probably, they’ll stick with Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman on top for this season as well.
Shaheen Shah Afridi was their Silver pick for the season along with Sohail Akhtar and Haris Rauf who are all names worth mentioning. In fact, Shaheen has made his case later during the ICC Cricket World Cup and would be highly likely to be retained for the PSL 6. He was even picked in the BBL lately and has impressed a lot with his recent performances.
Lahore had also picked David Weise and Hardus Viljoen for the period when Corey Anderson and Carlos Brathwaite were not available. So, it will be interesting to see if they can stick to players available to them full time during the 2021 PSL or they’ll have to make such trade-offs once again.
What do you make of these speculations about who will stay with Lahore Qalandars in 2021 Pakistan Super League and who will not? Do you think any of this is going to stay like that when we have the PSL 2021 draft in January? Well, we’ll only find that out once everything has been finalized and the squads have been announced. Until then, please stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted with all the updates coming up.