Lahore Qalandars appoint Mohammad Hafeez as captain

Lahore Qalandars have appointed Mohammad Hafeez as captain for the fourth season of the Pakistan Tremendous League. Fakhar Zaman and Yasir Shah had additionally been thought of, however Qalandars went with the extra skilled captain.

Within the final three seasons, Lahore Qalandars went with the Pakistan Check batsman Azhar Alias captain, adopted by Brendon McCullum for the next two seasons. Azhar, their first captain, was faraway from the job and by no means performed once more regardless that he was initially retained for the 2017 season, earlier than being launched. Two seasons with McCullum as captain didn’t assist enhance their destiny both, with the aspect ending backside yearly for the reason that PSL’s inception. Over the three seasons, they misplaced 18 out of 26 video games.

For the reason that first season, different groups retaining their native captains had left the Qalandars quick on choices. However for the upcoming fourth season, they’d a wider pool of Pakistan gamers to select a captain from, with Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi all within the draft. They went on to select Hafeez as their platinum participant final month, believing a neighborhood captain would convey higher outcomes.

Each Yasir and Fakhar had been thought of for the highest job, with the proposition by no means fairly materialising. The discharge of Hafeez from the Peshawar Zalmi roster this 12 months made Hafeez the favoured decide.

Hafeez, 38, retired from Test cricket after the not too long ago concluded Check collection in opposition to New Zealand in UAE in a bid to concentrate on his limited-overs profession. He has performed 248 T20 matches, scoring 5244 runs at a strike price of 122.35. He captained Pakistan in T20Is between 2012 and 2014 earlier than stepping down simply days after the group’s exit from the group stage of the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh.

Throughout his stint as T20I captain, he led Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, the group exited on the group stage of the 2014 version, after losing to West Indies by 84 runs. It was the primary time Pakistan had didn’t progress to the semi-finals in 5 editions of the event. Hafeez’s total T20I document stands at 18 wins (one through a one-over eliminator) and 11 losses from 29 matches.