By our correspondent
KARACHI: Lahore Qalandars, despite having good resources, most of the times failed to produce desired results in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). It was only in the last edition that Qalandars reached the final for the first time. However they faltered there when it mattered the most losing to Karachi Kings by five wickets here at National Stadium to lose a major opportunity of wearing the maiden crown. This time they have a lethal bowling unit by having got the services of the world’s prominent T20 players including leggie Rashid Khan of Afghanistan who won the ICC Men’s T20 International player of the decade award last year.
Their skipper Sohail Akhtar thinks they have the world’s best bowling attack.
“We have the world’s best bowling attack. If you look, last year’s three top wicket-takers in T20 cricket are with us,” Sohail said.
“Last year went very well for us. The way our batting clicked and especially the way our bowling performed, so it instilled a lot of confidence in the team. And this time we will try to also overcome some minor issues and we have tried to fill that void this time,” Sohail said.
“We have prepared well. Bowlers and batsmen are in form and we are sharing with the players our plans. We had good planning last year and we will go with the same frame of mind this time also,” Sohail said. Sohail said that they would play positive cricket.
“Sometimes doubt remains in the mind of players so we will try to keep them relaxed and play positive cricket in this season,” Sohail said.
He believes that the induction of Afghanistan’s leg-spinner Rashid Khan has brought experience to the spin bowling of his side.
“Rashid is a world-class bowler and is playing leagues in the entire world and is performing. We lacked experience in our spin attack and hiring the services of Rashid, I think we have removed that void and along with our pace-attack our spin bowling will also live up to the billing this season,” said Sohail.
Sohail said that they would try not to put extra load on their main pace bowler Shaheen Afridi.
“We will give him rest for the next five to six days. And if he needs any practice during that time then our coaches and trainer will work with him. Yes he is an asset of Pakistan and effort would be made not to put more load on him,” Sohail said.
About leaving Chris Lynn Sohail said they have not left him but it happened due to some rules and regulations of the draft and retention formula.
“When he went into the draft Multan Sultans picked him,” Sohail clarified.
He hoped that their main player Mohammad Hafeez would take his last year’s glorious form into this PSL.
“Hafeez has been our key player and he has been contributing both off and on the field for Qalandars. I am confident he will take his last year’s form into this season and will contribute as usual,” the skipper said.