Lahore Lions

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Lahore Lions
لاہور لائنز
Lahore Lions.jpg
Captain: Kamran Akmal
Coach: Mohsin Kamal
City: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Colors:          
Owner: LRCA PCB
Founded: 2004
Home ground: LCCA Ground Gaddafi Stadium
Capacity: 62,250
Manager: Shafiq Ahmed
Haier T20 Cup wins: 3 (2011),(2014)
CLT20 wins: 0
Official website: lahorelions.pcb.com.pk

Lahore Lions (Urdu: لاہور لائنز‎, abrreviated as LIO) is a Pakistani franchise 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]

History[edit]

Lahore Lions are the most successful Twenty20 team in the history of Lahore, and the second most successful in the country after the Sialkot Stallions. The team has won T20 Cup 2010/11 under the captaincy of Shoaib Iqbal Joiya & qualified for the inaugural Super-8 T20 Cup.Lahore Lions have won 2013–14 season and qualified for Champions League T20.

Current squad[edit]

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
Nasir Jamshed Pakistan (1989-12-06) 6 December 1989 (age 25) Left-handed
Ahmed Shehzad Pakistan (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm legbreak
Umar Siddiq Pakistan (1992-12-30) 30 December 1992 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm off break
Salman Agha Pakistan Right-handed
All-rounders
Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan (1980-10-07) 7 October 1980 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off spin captain
Shoaib Iqbal Pakistan (1996-03-15) 15 March 1996 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm legbreak captain
Wicket-keepers
Umar Akmal Pakistan (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 25) Right-handed part-time spinner
Kamran Akmal Pakistan (1985-05-26) 26 May 1985 (age 30) Right-handed Captain
Bowlers
Asif Raza Pakistan (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 28) Left-handed Right-arm fast medium
Wahab Riaz Pakistan (1985-06-28) 28 June 1985 (age 30) Right-handed Left-arm fast
Aizaz Cheema Pakistan (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
Imran Ali Pakistan (1980-10-21) 21 October 1980 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
Adnan Rasool Pakistan (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off spin
Mustafa Iqbal Pakistan (1989-08-30) 30 August 1989 (age 26) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox
Mohammad Saeed Pakistan (1983-10-12) 12 October 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
Ali Manzoor Pakistan (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 24) Right-handed Left-arm orthodox

Former Notable players[edit]

Honours[edit]

Season Haier T20 Cup Super 8 T20 Cup Champions League T20
2004/05 Group stage
2005/06 Semi-Finalists
2006/07 Semi-Finalists
2008/09 Semi-Finalists DNQ
2009 Runners-up DNQ
2009/10 Semi-Finalists DNQ
2010/11 Champions Semi-Finalists DNQ
2011/12 Group stage Semi-Finalists DNQ
2012/13 Champions Semi-Finalists DNQ
2013/14 Champions Did Not Held Group Stage
2014/15 Runners-up Qualified
  • DNQ = Did Not Qualify

Fixtures and results[edit]

T20 results[edit]

Summary of results by tournaments[2]
Played Wins Losses Tied  % Win
Pakistan T20 Cup 2004/05 2 1 1 0 50.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2005/06 6 5 1 0 83.33%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2006/07 3 2 1 0 66.67%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2008/09 3 2 1 0 66.67%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2009 5 4 1 0 80.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2009/10 4 3 1 0 75.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2010/11 5 5 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Super 8 2011 4 3 1 0 75.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2011/12 2 1 1 0 50.00%
Pakistan Super 8 2012 4 3 1 0 75.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2012/13 8 8 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Super 8 2013 4 3 1 0 75.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2013/14 6 5 1 0 83.33%
India South Africa Australia CLT20 2014 6 3 3 0 50.00%
Pakistan T20 Cup 2014/15 5 3 2 0 60.00%
Total 67 51 16 0 76.11%

By Opposition[edit]

Opposition Played Wins Losses Tied % Win
Domestic
Pakistan Abbottabad Falcons 6 5 1 0 83.33%
Pakistan Bahawalpur Stags 3 2 1 0 66.66%
Pakistan DM JAMALI Ibexes 2 2 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Faisalabad Wolves 7 4 3 0 57.14%
Pakistan Hyderabad Hawks 4 4 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Islamabad Leopards 6 6 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Karachi Dolphins 4 2 2 0 50.00%
Pakistan Karachi Zebras 2 2 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Lahore Eagles 0 0 0 0 --
Pakistan Multan Tigers 6 6 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Peshawar Panthers 4 3 1 0 75.00%
Pakistan Quetta Bears 6 6 0 0 100.00%
Pakistan Rawalpindi Rams 4 3 1 0 75.00%
Pakistan Sialkot Stallions 7 3 4 0 42.85%
International
South Africa Sunfoil Dolphins 1 1 0 0 100.00%
India Kolkata Knight Riders 1 0 1 0 00.00%
India Mumbai Indians 1 1 0 0 100.00%
New Zealand Northern Knights 1 0 1 0 00.00%
Australia Perth Scorchers 1 0 1 0 00.00%
Sri Lanka Southern Express 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Total 67 51 16 0 76.11%

CLT20 2014 season[edit]

Lahore Lions qualified first time for Champions League Twenty20, becoming the third Pakistani team overall to participate in the tournament since its inception.[3] Abdul Razzaq was not included in the squad as Pakistan Cricket Board rejected Muhammad Hafeez's request to add him.[4] The squad contained the following players: Mohammed Hafeez(c), Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Siddique Khan, Muhammad Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshaid, Muhammad Salman Ali, Asif Raza, Muhammad Mustafa Iqbal, Wahab Riaz, Aizaz Bin Ilyas Cheema, Imran Ali, Saad Naseem, Adnan Rasool, Muhammad Saeed and Ali Manzoor.[5]
The team defeated 2013 Champions Mumbai Indians and Southern Express of Sri Lanka to qualify for the main event. After a washout in their game against Chennai Super Kings, they defeated Dolphins of South Africa. But Lahore Lions played their last match against Perth Scorchers and lost it match which made them out of tournament.[6] The captain Muhammad Hafeez was satisfied with the team for their exceptional performance in the event, he said: "I think our team’s performance in the face of limited resources was remarkable. Unlike other big teams, we didn’t have batting, bowling or fielding coaches with us, but we still managed to fight well. We learned a lot from the CLT20 and it’s great for young domestic players to come and perform at such a big stage.”[7]
Interestingly, PCB decided to hold the domestic T20 competition in Pakistan on the same dates as the Champions League. This meant that a second Lahore Lions team played in the Pakistani tournament and the main team played in the Champions League 2014. The second XI were defeated in the finals of the domestic competition by Peshawar Panthers.

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard
1 September 13 Mumbai Indians Raipur 4Won by 6 wickets Cricinfo
2 September 14 Northern Knights Raipur 4Lost by 72 runs Cricinfo
3 September 16 Southern Express Raipur 4Won by 55 runs Cricinfo
4 September 21 Kolkata Knight Riders Hyderabad 4Lost by 4 wickets Cricinfo
5 September 25 Chennai Super Kings Bangalore 4Rain interrupted the match Cricinfo
6 September 27 Dolphins Bangalore 4Won by 16 runs Cricinfo
7 September 30 Perth Scorchers Bangalore 4Lost by 3 wickets Cricinfo

Captains' Record[edit]

List of captains of Lahore Lions for Twenty20 matches are as follows:[8]

Player Span Match Won Lost Tied NR  %
Pakistan Shoaib Iqbal 2005-2011 14 14 0 0 0 100
Pakistan Imran Farhat 2005–2005 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
Pakistan Abdul Razzaq 2006-2011 13 10 3 0 0 76.92
South Africa Imran Tahir 2006-2006 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
Pakistan Kamran Akmal 2006–2012 5 4 1 0 0 80.00
Pakistan Salman Butt 2010-2010 4 3 1 0 0 75.00
Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez 2012–present 23 19 4 0 0 82.60
Pakistan Azhar Ali 2014–2014 5 3 2 0 0 75.00

Sponsors[edit]

FR Cables was the sponsor of the Lahore Lions in 2010-11 Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup and were sponsored by FR Cables for the Faysal Bank Super 8 T20 Cup 2011 as well. Brighto Paints were the sponsors of Lions in 2014 Champions League Twenty20.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Faysal Bank T-20 Cup / News – Lahore Lions take title after runfest". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Records / Lahore Lions / Twenty20 matches / List of match results". ESPN. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lahore Lions issued Indian visa". ESPN. Umar Farooq. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "CLT20 2014: PCB rejected Mohammad Hafeez’s request". The Cricket Country. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "CLT20 2014 squads announced". First Post. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Marsh, Hogg knock Lahore Lions out of Champions League T20". Daily Times. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Hafeez satisfied with Lahore Lions in CLT20". The Nation. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "LAHORE LIONS T20 Cup Captains Record". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-10-04. 
  9. ^ "Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2014 Team Sponsors". Official News Pakistan. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 

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