Rawalpindi Rams

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Rawalpindi Rams

راولپنڈی ریمز

Captain: Pakistan Sohail Tanvir
Coach: Pakistan Sabih Azhar
Colours:      /     
Owner: Rawalpindi Regional Cricket Association
Founded: 2004
Home ground: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
Capacity: 25,000
National T20 Cup wins: 0
Super-8 T20 Cup wins: 1 (2011)

The Rawalpindi Rams (Urdu: راولپنڈی ریمز) are a domestic Twenty20 team, based in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. The team was established in 2004–05 and its home ground is the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. The team plans to play in 16 franchises tournament which is Pakistan Super League. The manager of the Rams is Sheikh Abdul Sattar.

History[edit]

  1. Rawalpindi Rams - containing players from Rawalpindi
  2. Islamabad Leopards - containing players from Islamabad & Azad Kashmir

Squad[edit]

[1] Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
Awais Zia Pakistan (1986-09-01) 1 September 1986 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm offbreak
Naved Malik Pakistan (1986-01-28) 28 January 1986 (age 28) Right-handed
Umar Amin Pakistan (1989-10-16) 16 October 1989 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium Vice-Captain
Babar Naeem Pakistan (1983-01-01) 1 January 1983 (age 31) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Umar Waheed Pakistan (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Zahid Mansoor Pakistan (1989-12-29) 29 December 1989 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm offbreak
All-rounders
Hammad Azam Pakistan (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Mohammad Nawaz Pakistan (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 20) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Wicket-keepers
Jamal Anwar Pakistan (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 23) Right-handed
Bowlers
Sohail Tanvir Pakistan (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 29) Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Captain
Nasir Malik Pakistan (1990-11-22) 22 November 1990 (age 23) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Akhtar Ayub Pakistan (1987-12-10) 10 December 1987 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Yasir Arafat Pakistan (1982-03-12) 12 March 1982 (age 32) Right-handed Right-arm fast
Yasim Murtaza Pakistan (1990-12-04) 4 December 1990 (age 23) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Samiullah Pakistan (1986-12-10) 10 December 1986 (age 27) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Sadaf Hussain Pakistan (1989-12-07) 7 December 1989 (age 24) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Mohammad Rameez Pakistan (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Other staff
Sabih Azhar Pakistan (1962-02-28) 28 February 1962 (age 52) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Coach

Honours[edit]

Year National T20 Cup
2004/05 Group stage
2005/06 Group stage
2006/07 Group stage
2008/09 Group stage
2009 Group stage
2009/10 Group stage
2010/11 Semi-Finalists
2011/12 Runners-Up
2012/13 Group stage
2013/14 Group stage
Year Super-8 T20 Cup
2011 Champions
2012 Group stage
2013 Semi-Finalists

Close Encounters[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Lahore Lions, 2006/07[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Sialkot Stallions, 2010/11[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Karachi Dolphins, 2010/11, Semi-Final[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Karachi Dolphins, 2011[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Faisalabad Wolves, 2011[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Lahore Lions, 2011, Semi-Final[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Karachi Dolphins, 2011, Final[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Sialkot Stallions, 2011/12, Final[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Karachi Dolphins, 2012/13[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Karachi Dolphins, 2013[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Faisalabad Wolves, 2013[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Sialkot Stallions, 2013, Semi-Final[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams vs Multan Tigers, 2013/14[edit]

Performance in domestic competitions[edit]

2008–09 RBS T20 Cup[edit]

The Pindi based club failed to make their mark in this edition and bowed out at the group stages, although many criticize the format of the tournament for creating 'pressure-cooker' games, as you have to win both of your group matches to proceed to the next stage because of the fact that only a single team advances to the semis from each of the four groups.

The tournament started off with a scare for the Rams as the Quetta Bears had them at the ropes at 59–5 but the allrounder-wiketkeeper duo of Yasir Arafat and Jamal Anwar successfully revived the scoreboard and set a challenging total of 143 for victory. The score would prove more than enough for the Bears as they succumbed to the seam bowling attack of the Rams with just 67 on board.[2]

Following the large victory, however, they lost to Lahore Lions in a crucial fixture at the Gaddafi Stadium. Pursuing 172 for victory, they were all-out for 150[3] largely because of the handy contributions from the left-arm spinner, Sohail Ahmad, who scored an invaluable 24 with the bat and then came back to take 4–13 to end the Rams' chances of qualifying for the semis.

Umar Amin was the most productive run-scorer for the Rawalpindi Rams, scoring 72 runs from the two games with a half century under his belt. Pakistan's future fast-bowling star Mohammad Aamer also turned a few heads at the initial stages of the tournament with 5 wickets at exactly 3.25 runs per over.


2009–10 RBS T20 Cup[edit]

The 2009 edition of the domestic tournament was nothing spectacular for the Rams as they faltered again at the group stages like the other nine knocked out teams but then again they showed some fight throughout the tournament largely because of the bolstering effect of Mohammad Aamer in the bowling along with tidy contributions from Hammad Azam, Tahir Mughal, Yasim Murtaza, Umar Amin and the left arm spinner Raza Hasan.

Their initial group clash with Karachi Zebras ended up with a nervy 11-run victory[4] but they couldn't rise up to the big occasion and suffered a knockout defeat at the hands of the eventual champions Sialkot Stallions in the following game[5] due to a 57-ball-95 from the domestically seasoned allrounder Naved-ul-Hasan. The Rams could only muster 180 from the 198 required for victory despite a late surge from Hammad Azam.

The top run-getter for the club was Tahir Mughal who racked up 92 runs at an impressive average of 46. Among the bowlers, 17-years-old spinner Raza Hasan impressed with returns of 4–64 in the two games combined.

2010–11 Faysal Bank T20 Cup[edit]

The 2010 Domestic T20 Cup was by far the most illustrious for the club. They defeated the 5 time champions Sialkot Stallions, who lost to any team for the first time in as many years.[6] They came with intent in the high scoring clash at the Gaddafi Stadium with the opening duo of Awais Zia and Naved Malik scoring at a fast pace. With the Rams going at over 14 runs per over, a huge total was on the cards but the 'Pindi batsman couldn't capitalize on the solid start and ended up at getting 191. In reply, Imran Nazir provided the Stallions with just the initial boost required, scoring 45 from 15 balls, making the target of 192 look achievable but thanks to the bowling efforts of Yasim Murtaza, Hammad Azam and Sohail Tanvir, a flurry of late wickets ensured that the Stallions would sit out of the finals for the first time since 2005.

Before this landmark game though, the Rams had got the better of Karachi Zebras by 28 runs in their opening group clash.[7]

Afterwards, they had to get past Shahid Afridi's Karachi Dolphins to reach the finals. After being called in to bat, the Rams managed to score 209 runs in a mosquito infested first innings which saw the proceeding being called off twice. However, the target got chased down with more than an over to spare as Sohail Tanvir's death bowling wavered under pressure, along with the Rams' overall fielding.[8] Shahzaib Hasan, Fawad Alam and Shahid Afridi's innings contributed to the Dolphin's victory.

Naved Ashraf was the most productive batsman for the Rams in the tournament, scoring 101 runs at an average in excess of 30. While among the bowlers, allrounder Hammad Azam topped the charts with 8 scalps at 11.1 runs per over.

Despite putting up a satisfactory performance, Rams' success on the ground was overshadowed by allegations of spot-fixing from the PCB. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced that an all-rounder (most probably Sohail Tanvir) that played for the Rawalpindi Rams was being investigated for Match-Fixing. It is suspected that the player was being paid to play dot balls and bowl loose deliveries. This meant that the Karachi Dolphins successfully managed to chase down 209 runs within 20 overs [9] The PCB announced that another match was also being investigated for fixing.

2011 Faysal Bank Super 8 T20 Cup[edit]

Rawalpindi Rams won the Super-8 T20 Cup 2011 after beating Karachi Dolphins in the Super Over.

PCB, for the first time, introduced a side tournament to the National T20 cup. Qualification in this tournament was based on a relegation system and the five lowest ranked teams in the previous year's edition of the Faysal Bank T20 Cup (Quetta Bears, Karachi Zebras, Lahore Eagles, Abbottabad Falcons and Peshawar Panthers) were left out to set up a Super 8 T20 Cup in which eight teams were divided into two groups of four with top two teams from each group setting up semi-final matches with each other.

Rawalpindi Rams started this tournament on a low note with a defeat at the hands of Karachi Dolphins which left them in a do-or-die situation to win their remnant group games or sit out of the semi-final. Chasing a modest score of 146, the Rams lost both their opening batsmen to Tanvir Ahmad's medium pacers with a paltry 33 on board. Subsequent, tight overs from the Karachi spinners ensured that the Rams never really recovered from the early blows and thus cascaded to 136 all out.[10]

In their second group game Rawalpindi Rams took on the home team Faisalabad Wolves in a jam-packed Iqbal Stadium. The Wolves went in first and gave the Rams a quite chase-able total of 141 but Pakistan National Cricket Team veteran, Mohammad Hafeez had other ideas as he triggered a drastic collapse with his off breaks. Rams were once cruising along at 90–0 but then in a matter of minutes were reduced to 120–6 giving the Wolves a sniff of a surprise victory in front of the home crowd. All such possibilities were shut out by the Rams' wicket-keeper batsman Jamal Anwar who struck 19 from 6 deliveries,included 3 fours & a six to bring the matter to a close.[11]

In their third and final group game, Rawalpindi Rams easily got past an off-color Multan Tigers side. The pursuit of a 129-run target on a batting friendly wicket wasn't much of a test for Pindi's batting lineup and they got there with 7 wickets and 5.3 overs to spare,[12] thanks mostly to the left arm spin bowling of Raza Hasan (4 for 21 in his 4 overs).

Rawalpindi Rams made their first ever appearance in a domestic T20 Cup Final by defeating a star-studded Lahore Lions in an anti-climax of a semi-final. Rams set up a competitive score of 186 in a pressure game thanks to Jamal Anwar's (67 runs off 48 balls including 6 fours & 3 sixes) and Sohail Tanvir's (60* off 44 balls including 5 fours & 3 sixes) fourth wicket stand of 111 from 68 balls. In reply the Lions were reduced to 88–8 in 13.2 but a late cameo from Adnan Rasool (41* off 24 balls) restored some parity to the Lions score but they were still left needing 50 runs from the last bowl of the game.[13]


On Friday, July 1, 2011, history was written for the Rawalpindi Rams as they beat a strong Karachi Dolphins side in a nerve wrecking finale at a sold-out Iqbal Stadium. The Dolphins were coming back from defeating 5-time champions Sialkot Stallions in the other semi-final and were hot favorites to win the Cup but some tight bowling from the Rams' bowlers especially, slow left armer Samiullah (4 overs for 19 runs), put a cap on Dolphins's batting lineup and kept them to a par score of 164 in the allotted 20 overs. In reply the Rams' openers started off in a typically fast style and were going at almost 10 runs-per-over, however the Dolphins fast-bowler, Sohail Khan took two wickets in an over to stun the Rams. In Sohail's next over seasoned Rams opener, Awais Zia, struck four consecutive boundaries and restarted Rams' quick advance towards the target but as so often is the case in cricket the bowler has the last laugh and Sohail ended up stopping the Awais Zia thanks to a superb fielding effort from Haaris Ayaz at mid-wicket who dived full length and pouched the catch with one hand. The match continued to see-saw both ways before it fittingly ended up as a tie and a Super Over was called in to provide the final ruling.

The best bowler of the tournament was pitted against Awais Zia in the first of the two super overs (one per team). Awais scored 16 runs, including a flat six over midwicket, to give Karachi a challenging total of 17 to win from their 6 legitimate balls. In reply, Khalid Latif struck the very first bowl from left-arm spinner, Raza Hasan, straight back over his head for a six before falling the next ball. Dolphins could add only a single run to their total as Raza finished his over with a arm-ball that gave Rawalpindi Rams their first ever domestic T20 title.[14]

Wicket-keeper batsman Jamal Anwar was the most successful run-getter for the Rams (7th overall) in this edition of the tournament with 131 runs at an average of 43.6. While Raza Hasan was the second most potent bowler in this tournament (after Sohail Khan) with 11 wickets at 6.2 runs per over.

Result summary[edit]

T20 results[edit]

[15]

Summary of results by season [16]
Played Wins Losses Tie No Result  % Win
Pakistan T20 Cup 2004/05 2 1 1 0 0 50.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2005/06 6 1 5 0 0 16.87%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2006/07 2 1 1 0 0 50.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2008/09 2 1 1 0 0 50.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2009 3 1 2 0 0 33.33%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2009/10 2 1 1 0 0 50.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2010/11 3 2 1 0 0 66.67%
Pakistan Super 8 2011 5 3 1 1 0 70.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2011/12 5 4 1 0 0 80.00%
Pakistan Super 8 2012 3 0 3 0 0 00.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2012/13 6 4 2 0 0 66.67%
Pakistan Super 8 2013 4 2 1 1 0 62.50%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2013/14 3 1 2 0 0 33.33%
Total 46 22 22 2 0 50.00%
Results by opposition [17]
Played Wins Losses Tie No Result  % Win
Pakistan Afghanistan Afghan Cheetahs 1 1 0 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Bahawalpur Stags 2 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Faisalabad Wolves 7 2 4 1 0 35.71%
Pakistan Hyderabad Hawks 1 1 0 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Karachi Dolphins 6 2 3 1 0 41.66%
Pakistan Karachi Zebras 4 2 2 0 0 50.00%
Pakistan Lahore Eagles 3 1 2 0 0 33.33%
Pakistan Lahore Lions 4 1 3 0 0 25.00%
Pakistan Multan Tigers 4 3 1 0 0 75.00%
Pakistan Peshawar Panthers 3 2 1 0 0 66.66%
Pakistan Quetta Bears 4 4 0 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Sialkot Stallions 6 1 5 0 0 16.66%
Total 46 22 22 2 0 50.00%

Records[edit]

The following are some verified[15] records of the club.

Batting[edit]

Bowling[edit]

Fielding and wicket-keeping[edit]

  • Most Dismissals as WK: 35, Jamal Anwar (2008–Present)
  • Most Catches as Fielder: 14, Awais Zia (2008–Present)

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Most Matches Played: 43, Sohail Tanvir (2005–Present)
  • Biggest Victories by Runs: 96 Runs, vs Quetta Bears (25 April 2005)
  • Smallest Victory by Runs: 5 Runs, vs Karachi Dolphins (2 December 2012)
  • Largest Victory by Wickets: 9 wickets, vs Quetta Bears (27 May 2009)

Captains' Record[edit]

[18]

Player Span Match Won Lost Tied NR  %
Pakistan Shoaib Akhtar 2005-2005 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
Pakistan Naved Ashraf 2006–2010 10 3 7 0 0 30.00
Pakistan Mohammad Wasim 2006-2006 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
Pakistan Sohail Tanvir 2009–Present 28 14 12 2 0 53.57
Pakistan Yasir Arafat 2010-2010 3 2 1 0 0 66.66
Pakistan Umar Amin 2014–2014 1 1 0 0 0 100.00

Sponsors[edit]

Lahore based natural medicine/homeopathic company, Aftab Qarshi, were the shirt sponsors for the Rams in the 2011 edition of the T20 Cup.

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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