Peshawar Zalmi (Pashto: پېښور زلمي; Hindko: پشوری جوان; Urdu: پشاور زلمی; English: Peshawar Youth) is a Pakistani franchise T20 cricket team which plays in the Pakistan Super League and represents Peshawar, the capital city of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The team is owned by Javed Afridi of Haier Pakistan. Peshawar Zalmi was established in 2015 following the announcement of the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Darren Sammy is the current captain of the team as of October 2016 and Mohammad Akram is the head coach.
|Nickname(s)||Khpal Team (lit. Our Team) Yellow Storm|
|Owner||Javed Afridi (Haier Pakistan)|
|City||Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan|
|Home ground||Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar|
|PSL wins||1 (2017)|
On 3 December 2015, the Pakistan Cricket Board PCB unveiled the owners of five city-based franchises for the first season of the Pakistan Super League. The Peshawar franchise was sold to Haier Pakistan for US$16 million for a time period of ten-years.
Peshawar began their 2016 season well, winning their first two matches. After a loss to Quetta Gladiators the team went on to win six of their eight group stage matches and finished first in the points table, qualifying for the play-offs.
The first play-off match was against Quetta in qualifier 1. The match came down to the last ball Quetta winning by one run, Peshawar scoring 132 in reply to Quetta's 133. As a result of their first-place position in the group table, Peshawar then went on to play Islamabad United in the second qualifier match. Peshawar also lost this match and were eliminated from the tournament.
Peshawar traded Aamer Yamin for Sohaib Maqsood of Lahore Qalandars during the off-season. During the 2017 Pakistan Super League players draft they retained 10 players and signed eight, including Overseas players Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan and Alex Hales. Shakib and Tamim were not available for selection during the initial stage of tournament due to national duties as they were in India to play only test match. Later Alex Hales and Shakib Al Hasan were replaced with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Marlon Samuels and Mohammad Shahzad was replaced with Andre Fletcher while Tamim Iqbal was replaced with Samit Patel. 
In their first game of PSL 2017, Peshawar Zalmi lost to the Islamabad United by 7 wickets. In their next game against Karachi Kings, Zalmi won by 7 wickets in pursuit of 120. Eoin Morgan starred in the chase with an unbeaten innings of 80 off 57 balls. Following this the Zalmi were involved in a low-scoring thriller with the Lahore Qalandars that saw the former collapse in the chase of just 60 runs before getting over the line with 3 wickets to spare.
As the tournament moved to Sharjah, Zalmi's first game against Quetta Gladiators was abandoned after repeated showers and the two teams shared the points from the bout. Following this, against Islamabad United, the Zalmis lost a hard-fought game that went down to the last ball. After being put in to bat by United, Zalmi could only manage a below-par score of 137 and never really got going. But the team's bowlers bowled exceedingly well to make a contest out of it. In their final game of the Sharjah leg, the Zalmis continued their losing streak after being beaten by Karachi Kings in a thrilling contest. Setting up a target of 175, the Kings had the Zalmis reduced to 69–6 before Shahid Afridi and Darren Sammy combined in a 70-run partnership that almost won the game for the Zalmis. However, they couldn't see the game through as the Zalmis fell short by 9 runs.
With the tournament shifting back to Dubai, the Zalmis registered consecutive wins against Lahore Qalandars and Quetta Gladiators respectively. Against the Qalandars, the team put up a target of 167 and then successful defended it after inducing a batting collapse of 5 wickets for 6 runs from the opposition. In the end prevailing by 17 runs and securing a play-off spot. But with the Gladiators, the team suffered a batting collapse of their own. Chasing a below-par total of 129, the Zalmis were at one time reduced to 52–6 before a vintage performance from Shahid Afridi, who scored 45 off 23 balls, ensured that his team won with 2 wickets left intact. In the first playoffs (qualifier 1) they faced Gladiators at Sharjah it proved to be a replica of last year qualifier 1 where quetta clinched 1 run win over Zalmi. after sent into bat by Zalmi Quetta gave a huge target of 200 thanks to Ahmed Shahzad's 71 off 38 balls. In reply Zalmi had a poor start losing 2 early wickets for less than 10 runs, then came Mohammad Hafeez who started hitting Gladiators all over the stadium he with Dawid Malan put up a 100+ runs partnership. After Hafeez got out Shahid Afridi came looking in best six hitting foam scoring 34 off just 17 balls shifting match in Zalmi favour, but got out at wrong time and as a result Zalmi collapsed in the last over of the match. Left arm spinner for Quetta, Muhammad Nawaz was the bowler who didn't let Zalmi score 2 runs off last 3 balls hence, Gladiators progressed into the final and Zalmi into the qualifier 2 where they defeated Karachi Kings by 24 runs. Batting first Zalmi scored 181 for 3 due to Kamran Akmal's brilliant 104 runs from 65 balls. Wahab Riaz and Chris Jordan 3-for took Zalmi into the final for the first time ever. Kamran was adjudged man of the match in the end.
In the final, Zalmis defeated Quetta Gladiators – the runners-up of the inaugural edition of the PSL, by 58 runs batting first. Zalmi's left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar took 3 wickets for 16 runs. In the first innings, Gladiators' Rayad Emrit took 2 wickets in the 17th over, which left the score at 112 for 6 but Darren Sammy clubbed 33 runs in the last two overs taking the Zalmis total to 148.
In the opening match of 2018 season, defending champions Zalmi suffered a loss against new entrants Multan Sultans by 7 wickets. The next game, Zalmi secured a comfortable 34-run win over Islamabad United. Defending a target of 176, Zalmi's debuting fast bowler, Umaid Asif, was the star performer as he reduced the opposition to 25-4 inside the powerplay. Continuing on, the team suffered a loss against Karachi Kings in a closely fought game. Batting first, the Zalmis lost wickets with regular consistency. Only Dwayne Smith's unbeaten innings of 71 runs got them to a respectable total of 131. Defending it, they took the game to the last three balls before the Kings prevailed by 5 wickets.
As the tournament shifted to Sharjah, the team won a thriller against rivals Quetta Gladiators. Batting first, the Gladiators set a target of 143 in a batting display that was punctuated with starts and stops on a two-paced pitch. In reply, the Zalmis were on course for victory at 107-2 before losing three quick wickets to end up requiring 22 runs from the last two overs. At this point, an injured Darren Sammy single-handedly won the match for his team by striking 16 runs from 4 balls to finish the game with 2 balls to go. The following game, the Zalmis beat Lahore Qalandars comfortably in the chase of a low target of 101 runs. The margin of the win was 10 wickets - the first such instance in the history of the PSL. Additionally, this was the first game for Zalmi's main pacer, Hasan Ali this season as he had been sidelined due to an injury.
In the final, Peshawar Zalmi lost to Islamabad United by three wickets. Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and elected to bat first. Peshawar's in-form batsman Kamran Akmal was out lbw for 1 run off 8 balls, with Samit Patel taking the wicket in the third over early on. Chris Jordan and Liam Dawson were involved in a fourth-wicket fifty-partnership. Later, Wahab Riaz's 28 runs off 14 balls ensured their side reached to a total of 148 runs. Islamabad's Luke Ronchi hit five sixes in the first five overs as he raced to 45 runs off just 15 balls, before he got out in the ninth over after scoring a 26-ball 52, batting second. But a sudden collapse resulted in Islamabad losing six wickets for 20 runs leaving them at 116/6. Akmal then dropped a catch at fine leg when Asif Ali attempted a pull shot off Umaid Asif with Islamabad needing 30 runs off 33 balls. Asif Ali then hit three sixes on the trot off Hasan Ali. Islamabad's Faheem Ashraf hooked Wahab Riaz for six with just one run required in the 17th over.
Peshawar Zalmi finished the group stage with first position by winning seven of their matches and losing three. Peshawar came on top because of the higher run rate. Zalmi lost to Quetta Gladiators in the qualifier by 10 runs. Zalmi then defeated Islamabad United by 48 runs in the eliminator to reach the PSL final.
In the final in Karachi, after Peshawar Zalmi's openers got out, Sohaib Maqsood, who scored run-a-ball 20, added 31 runs for the third wicket with Umar Amin (38 runs off 33 balls). Zalmi scored 138-8 in 20 overs batting first. Peshawar Zalmi lost to Gladiators, who achieved the target in 17.5 overs, by 8 wickets finishing runners-up in the league.
On 13 December 2015 Javed Afridi owner of the team revealed the team name and the official logo of the team in Army Public School Peshawar. The word Zalmi is a Pashto language word meaning youth. The logo of the team is a fusion of a traditional Peshawari turban with cricket stumps. The logo has three, shades blue, yellow and white, signifying the pride of the region, the skies and the energy of the people.
The team's kit colours are yellow and blue. New kits were introduced ahead of second season the new look team shirt carries the same colour theme as of previous editions yellow and blue but there is a slight change in the designs as Dri-FIT fabric is being used to observe sweat to keep players comfortable,kit was designed by Nike. The main title sponsors in 2016 season was Bahria town, the largest real-estate developers and Investors in Pakistan and the largest private housing society in Asia. TCS Connect was team's partner in 2016 season. General Petroleum (GP) is the title sponsor in 2017 season. Others which also have sponsorship deals are Giggly Boom Boom Bubble, Jivi, MX47,Super Power (a Motorcycle company), Enviro, Infinix and Khaleej Times. Khyber News, Kay2 TV, Pakhtun Entertainment and Pashto 1 are their regional media partners while Daily Jang and PTV Sports are team's official media partners.
Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi and actress Humaima Malick were team's star ambassadors for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In 2018 season, Mahira Khan joined Hamza as team's ambassadors after she replaced Humaima Malik. For the 2019 season, actress Sana Javed was announced as the team's goodwill ambassador.
|Year||Kit Manufacturer||Front Branding||Back Branding||Chest Branding||Sleeve Branding|
|2016||J.||Bahria Town||Giggly Boom Boom Bubblegum||Brighto Paints||Hum TV, J., Zic Motor Oil|
|2017||General Petroleum||Jivi Mobiles||Super Power Motorcycles, Jang, Khaleej Times|
|2018||Haier||RD||MGI||McDonald's, Dawn News, Jang, Zamoong|
|2019||Zalmi TV||RD||McDonald's, Sprite, TCL|
In 2017, Peshawar Zalmi joined hands with International Rescue Committee to raise awareness of education in Pakistan. The franchise is also actively involved in Pakistan in giving sports education to children through sports camps and training all across Pakistan. The team has largely contributed in charity works and as for 2017 SKMH are team's official charity. In 2016 they invited Army Public School attack survivors to watch PSL Live from the stands. Around 150 students and staff members from the school were invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of the first edition of PSL. In 2017, they took cancer patients of the SKMH for free to Dubai and gave the children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly out of the country and make beautiful memories together. Eoin Morgan member of 2017 squad donated Zalmi's Kit which he wore during the course of 2017 season to cancer patients of Shoukat Khanum Memorial Hospital. In 2018, team owner Javed Afridi invited 13 young patients under treatment at SKMH to watch team's matches live from ground.
|Faraz Ahmed||5 October 1997||R||—||2019|
|Umar Gul||28 May 1974||R||R leg break||2019|
|26||Imam-ul-Haq||12 December 1995||L||2019|
|Mohammad Naveed||3 September 1987||L||R leg break||2019||Overseas|
|Jaahid Ali||2 January 1984||R||R off break||2019||Overseas|
|Tamim Iqbal||15 April 1987||R||R off break||2019|
|Lendl Simmons||25 January 1985||R||R medium fast||2019||Overseas|
|Chris Gayle||1 March 1986||R||slow L orthodox||2019|
|7||Liam Dawson||1 March 1990||R||slow L orthodox||2019||Overseas|
|88||Darren Sammy||20 December 1983||R||R medium fast||2019||Overseas; Captain|
|Ben Stokes||12 May 1987||R||R medium fast||2019||Overseas|
|200||Umar Amin||16 October 1989||L||R medium||2019|
|Mohammad Hasnain||3 July 1998||L||R leg break||2019|
|23||Kamran Akmal||13 January 1982||R||—||2018|
|72||Andre Fletcher||28 November 1987||R||—||2019||Overseas|
|Mohammad Shahzad||31 December 1990||R||—||2019|
|9||Ibtisam Sheikh||16 March 1999||R||leg break googly||2019|
|13||Umaid Asif||30 April 1984||R||R medium fast||2019|
|14||Sameen Gul||4 February 1999||R||R medium||2018|
|32||Hasan Ali||7 February 1994||R||R medium fast||2019|
|Fawad Ahmed||4 October 1988||R||R fast||2019||Overseas|
|Eoin Morgan||28 June 1985||R||L fast||2016|
|Asghar Afghan||12 August 1992||R||L Fast||2019||Overseas|
|Waqar Salamkheil[a]||2 October 2001||R||L medium||2019||Overseas|
- Unavailable, replaced by Andre Fletcher
Management and coaching staffEdit
|Javed Afridi (Haier Pakistan)||Owner|
|Mohammad Akram||Head Coach & Director of Cricket Operations|
|Li Da Peng||Senior Director|
|Younis Khan||Batting Coach & Mentor|
|Saqlain Mushtaq||Spin bowling consultant|
|Grant Luden||Fielding Coach & Fitness Trainer|
|Ibrahim Qureshi||Assistant Trainer|
|Ghulam Farooq||Creative & Media Communication Head|
|Waqas Ahmad||Creative Media Production Manager|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 17 March 2019
Overall result in PSLEdit
Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 17 March 2019
Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 17 March 2019
Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 17 March 2019
Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last Updated: 17 March 2019
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