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Peshawar Zalmi


ABOUT

Full NamePeshawar Zalmi

Nick Name Khpal team

Founded2015

GroundArbab Niaz Stadium

Team Owner(s)Javed Afridi

Prominent PlayersDarren Sammy

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PLAYER ROLE STYLE AGE
Tom Kohler-Cadmore Wicketkeeper Right Handed 27
Liam Livingstone All Rounder Right Handed 28
Haider Ali Batsman Right Handed 21
Hazratullah Zazai Batsman Left Handed 23
Shoaib Malik Batsman Right Handed 40
Sherfane Rutherford Batsman Left Handed 23
Hussain Talat Batsman Left Handed 26
Salman Irshad All Rounder - 27
Ben Cutting All Rounder Right Handed 35
Kamran Akmal Wicketkeeper Right Handed 40
Mohammad Haris Wicketkeeper Right Handed 20
Wahab Riaz Bowler Left Arm 36
Saqib Mahmood Bowler Right Arm 25
Usman Qadir Bowler Right Arm 28
Mohammad Umar Bowler Right Arm 22
Arshad Iqbal Bowler Right Arm 21
Sameen Gul Bowler Right Arm 23
Sirajuddin Bowler - -
Sohail Khan All Rounder Right Handed 38
Matt Parkinson Bowler Right Arm 25
Patrick Brown Bowler Right Arm 23
Aarish Ali Bowler - 21
Yasir Khan-I Batsman - -
Imam-ul-Haq Batsman Left Handed 26
Amad Butt All Rounder Right Handed 26
Khalid Usman All Rounder Right Handed 36
Benny Howell All Rounder Right Handed 33
Ali Majid Batsman Right Handed 30
ABOUT

Peshawar Zalmi is a cricket franchise based in Peshawar that competes in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team emerged champions during the second edition of the PSL held in 2017.


Background


In December 2015 the Pakistan Cricket Board approved 5 major city based franchises and the Peshawar franchise was bought for a sum of 16 million USD by Haier Pakistan.


Though the initial stages of the first season went well for the Zalmi, they crashed out of the tournament after losing to Islamabad United during the second qualifier match.


Players


Tamim Iqbal with 267 runs, in a total of 6 matches was the team’s highest scorer during the 2016 edition of the PSL.


Kamran Akmal with a total of 353 runs was the team’s highest scorer and also the player of the tournament for the 2017 edition of the PSL.


However, the most famous player for the franchise was Shahid Afridi who represented the team for the first two seasons, but made a move to the Karachi Kings during the third season.


The team is being led by Windies star Darren Sammy, since the 2017 edition.


Club Trajectory


After a fruitless first season the Peshawar side geared up and got ready for the second season, full of zeal.


During the PSL draft for the second season, the Peshawar franchise retained 10 of its main players and signed 8 new, including the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales.


They lost their opening match to Islamabad United, yet again.


As the tournament moved on the Zalmi were up against Quetta Gladiators, however the match had to be abandoned due to on and off showers.


The two teams were matched up again, and this time things went south for the Zalmi as victory slipped from their hands during the last over of the bout.


As the Gladiators moved on to the finals, the Zalmi had to play the second qualifier.

In the second qualifier the Zalmi beat Karachi Kings by 24 runs and progressed to the finals.


Batting first, the Zalmi struggled initially with 6 wickets down for only 112 runs, however a heroic knock from Darren Sammy in the final stages of the innings helped them put up a score of 148 on the board. Thereafter a brilliant bowling spell from the Zalmi helped them clench the title, defeating the Gladiators by 58 runs.


During the 2018 season, the Zalmi had a staggering run and made it to the finals yet again.

However, things didn’t go as planned and the Zalmi suffered a rough defeat at the hands of Islamabad United, losing by 3 wickets.

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