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I know what you are thinking, and you are not wrong. The Lahore Qalandars failed to walk the talk, especially in PSL-3…..

But let us be real. Any team can lose a game of cricket, or even a tournament. They will always have the ability to come back strongly next time. Anyhow, this is not a story on the Qalandar’s PSL-3 performance….

This story seeks to shed light on the core features of the Lahore Qalandar’s brand and ideology. It is crucial to delve into what they represent, and what they have achieved off the Pakistan Super League field. Once we understand what the Lahore Qalandars are striving for, we will begin to appreciate the difference they are trying to bring about.

 

Player Development program 2016

 

In collaboration with Mobilink Jazz, Lahore Qalandars launched a player development program across eight districts of Punjab to find Pakistan’s next superstar.  The Lahore Qalandars made history by conducting a talent hunt of 113,000 young people. A task, which quietly frankly falls under the Pakistan Cricket Board’s domain, was taken up by the Qalandars. The talent hunt was conducted in a simple and organized manner. Under the watchful eyes of Mudassar Nazar and Aqib javed, the 16 best crickets of each district would be selected to play the final tournament in Lahore. In order to take part in the camp, the cricketers had to be less than 23 years of age (The criteria changed in the second development program). The Qalandars brought in 30 coaches to scout for talent.

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The Lahore Qalanadars

“113,000

Young Cricketers took part in the 2016 talent hunt across 8 districts of Punjab.”

The Journey began in Bahawalpur

 

The response in Bahawalpur was extremely positive. Over 7,000 people took part in the talent hunt, hoping to represent their city and region.

The search for more starts continued in the city of saints, Multan. Over 12,000 young cricketers participated in the camp.

The Qalandars then moved to DG Khan, where 3,944 players came out to showcase their talent.

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DG Khan

Faisalabad was the next destination, and once again, it was a massive turnout. This time, 14,542 people joined the two day talent hunt.

The next destination was the city of eagles, Sargodha. Sargodha saw 7,198 people in the camp.

The Qalandar caravan then reached the city of Gujranwala. In two days, over 19,000 youngsters came out to showcase their skills in the summer heat.

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Gujranwala 1

When the Qalandars moved to Rawalpindi (21,324), they discovered a unique young talent in the shape of Yasir Jaan. Defying traditional norms, Yasir Jaan demonstrated that he could bowl with his left and his right arm. The ambidextrous fast bowler, who was a fruit seller in Charsadda was all over social media in no time.

The final stop was Lahore. The last round of trials had 24,549 players.

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Lahore 2

After the trials, the stage was set for fascinating cricket in the city of Lahore. Eight teams from eight districts of Punjab were created; Lahore, Faisalabad, Sargodha, DG Khan, Multan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, and Bahawalpur. A total of 16 matches were played in this tournament.

In the end, it was Faisalabad who came out on top. However, the journey did not end there for the best 15 cricketers who were sent to Australia to harness their talent further.

2 Voyage of

The Lahore Qalanadars

“116,501

Young Cricketers took part in the 2017 talent hunt in Kashmir & Punjab.”

Building on the success of the first season

The Lahore Qalandars in collaboration with Jazz and Geo returned again to find more talented cricketers. This time the journey began in Mirpur Azad Kashmir followed by Muzzaffarabad where an exiting young talent was unearthed. Salman Irshad a right arm fast bowler with a slinging action impressed the coaches.

The Qalandars caravan moved on to Punjab where once again the response was unprecedented. The passion was palpable, making everyone realise that people especially the youth are extremely passionate about cricket.

Like last year, eight teams were made, and 128 aspiring young cricketers were determined to make an impact. The tournament kicked off in Muzaffarabad and culminated in Lahore.

The tournament lasted 7 days, and we witnessed dynamic cricket. This time it was Sargodha that took the trophy in front of a packed house in Gaddafi Stadium.

Out of 8 teams and 128 players the best 15 cricketers were sent to Australia. Those 15 players were given the chance to be trained by cricketers like Grant Elliot and Kyle Mills. They had the great oppurtunity to play with some of the leading clubs in Australian cricket.

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Aqib Javed

Head Coach – Lahore Qalandar

Quick-Fire Stuff

Q: What does the  Lahore Qalandars mean to you?

A: It’s a dream to be a part of the Lahore Qalandars. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity.

 

Q: Being involved in the players development program must have been very exciting for you?

A: It was absolutely amazing! We need to remember that something like this has never happened before, but the Qalandars made it happen, and will continue to do so. The satisfaction that I feel during these talent hunts is right up there with the 1992 World Cup win.

 

Q: What did you make of the Lahore Qalandar’s performance in PSL 3?

A: We were not up to the mark that is for sure. But I am very confident that we can bounce back next time.

 

Q: Were you happy with Brendon Mcculum’s captaincy?

A: He is a very intelligent captain, who has a great understanding of the game. One must understand that as a foreign captain, it takes time to understand the local talent.

 

Q: What are your thoughts on Fawad Rana?

A: He is a larger than life figure. People absolutely adore him. He is the heart and soul of the Lahore Qalandars.

AN IDEOLOGY

Lahore Qalandars

“This journey that focused on bringing hope and empowerment to the streets, alleyways and remote areas of Punjab has not yet reached its end. Despite a lack of International cricket our talent and our passion remain strong, We want to ensure that our country and our land remains fruitful for love and commitment to the sport.”

It is clear that the Lahore Qalandars are not only keen on keeping the Pakistan Super League alive. They are determined to create a vibrant sports culture in the country. They realise that there is no concept of open trials, or even a solid system that can be relied on.

The Qalandars are aware that nepotism continues to haunt the system, which is why they are committed to routing it out, and creating a system that is purely based on merit. The best part of the talents hunts were that players were solely picked on merit. For too long, nepotism and mediocrity have trumped merit. The Qalandars recognize that the only way to defeat an outdated system is to make a new one, which guarantees that the best will always prevail.

The Qalandars are aware that nepotism continues to haunt the system, which is why they are committed to routing it out, and creating a system that is purely based on merit. The best part of the talents hunts were that players were solely picked on merit. For too long, nepotism and mediocrity have trumped merit. The Qalandars recognize that the only way to defeat an outdated system is to make a new one, which guarantees that the best will always prevail.

Discovering new talent is also crucial to their cause. Yasir Jaan, who used to sell fruit in KPK was found in Rawalpindi. He is now training with the MCC in England, and has a 10 year development contract with the Qalandars. Salman Irshad from Muzaffarabad was not only noticed, but was lucky enough to get an opportunity to take part in PSL 3. Rauf Harris, a quick bowler from Islamabad came to the camp in Gujranwala and impressed everybody with his speed.

This initiative indicates that the Lahore Qalandars is not only a brand, it is an ideology, an ideology that is focused on giving youngsters from poor backgrounds an opportunity to shine at the highest level. Young people, particularly those who do not come from money need and deserve a platform to showcase their cricketing potential. A development program like this should serve as an example not just to Pakistan, but to other cricketing nations who are searching for young talent.

“Owning a franchise is a very prestigious honor. The biggest challenge is that we do not have a sports culture in Pakistan. We need to realise that national cricket and league cricket are not the same. We must develop a league culture. This is why we are keen on creating new concepts like the battle of Qalandars, which is our latest. We will divide Lahore into 8 regions and make club houses in these areas.”

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