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Lahore Lions (Urdu: لاہور لائنز‎, abbreviated 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]

Lahore Lions
لاہور لائنز
Lahore Lions.jpg
Personnel
Captain Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez
Coach Pakistan Mohsin Kamal
Owner LRCA PCB
Manager Shafiq Ahmed
Team information
City Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Colours          
Founded 2004
Dissolved 2016
Home ground LCCA Ground Gaddafi Stadium
Capacity 62,250
History
Haier T20 Cup wins 3 (2010), (2012), (2013)
CLT20 wins 0
Official website: lahorelions.pcb.com.pk

Contents

HistoryEdit

Lahore Lions are the most successful Twenty20 team in the history of Lahore Regional Cricket Association, 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 the Champions League T20.

Current squadEdit

No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
23 Nasir Jamshed   (1989-12-06) 6 December 1989 (age 28) Left-handed
78 Ahmed Shehzad   (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm legbreak
79 Umar Siddiq   (1992-12-30) 30 December 1992 (age 25) Left-handed Right-arm off break
All-rounders
80 Agha Salman   (1993-11-23) 23 November 1993 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off break
81 Mohammad Hafeez   (1980-10-07) 7 October 1980 (age 38) Right-handed Right-arm off spin Captain
82 Shoaib Iqbal   (1996-03-15) 15 March 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm legbreak
Wicket-keepers
83 Umar Akmal   (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 28) Right-handed part-time spinner
84 Kamran Akmal   (1985-05-26) 26 May 1985 (age 33) Right-handed
Bowlers
99 Asif Raza   (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm fast medium
100 Wahab Riaz   (1985-06-28) 28 June 1985 (age 33) Right-handed Left-arm fast
23 Aizaz Cheema   (1987-01-11) 11 January 1987 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
24 Imran Ali   (1980-10-21) 21 October 1980 (age 37) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
08 Adnan Rasool   (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 37) Right-handed Right-arm off spin
87 Mustafa Iqbal   (1989-08-30) 30 August 1989 (age 29) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox
88 Mohammad Saeed   (1983-10-12) 12 October 1983 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm fast medium
78 Ali Manzoor   (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 27) Right-handed Left-arm orthodox

Former notable playersEdit

HonoursEdit

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 resultsEdit

T20 resultsEdit

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

By OppositionEdit

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

CLT20 2014 seasonEdit

Lahore Lions qualified first time for the 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]
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' recordEdit

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

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

SponsorsEdit

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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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