Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has been appointed as the captain of Lahore Qalandars for the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Shaheen replaces Sohail Akhtar, who led the side in the last two editions. Under Akhtar's captaincy, the Qalandars also played the final of PSL-V.
The left-arm fiery pacer was Akhtar's deputy in PSL 6.
Shaheen made his PSL debut with Lahore Qalandars in 2018 and since then he has been an integral part of the team. He is the leading wicket taker for Qalandars with a total tally of 50 wickets in 37 games.
He ended the year 2021 as most successful bowler in international cricket with 78 wickets across all formats.
Director Cricket Operations and Head Coach of Lahore Qalandars Aqib Javed, commenting on Afridi’s appointment as captain, said: "We are very happy to appoint him as captain of Lahore Qalandars and looking forward to see his wonders both with ball and his leadership skills. He has been with us since 2018 and this is the right time to provide him the opportunity to lead the Lahore Qalandars’ young outfit."
Shaheen was equally excited on his appointment. The pace sensation said that Qalandars will continue to play exciting cricket.
“I am very excited to be named as captain of Lahore Qalandars this year. We have a very balanced side with all the bases covered, we will try our best to bring the trophy home for Lahore Qalandars’ fans this year,” he said.
Sameen Rana, COO of the franchise and Team Manager of Qalandars congratulated Shaheen on his appointment and recalled the journey of fast bowler with LQ.
“I still remember the day when an 18-year-old boy came to Lahore Qalandars squad for the first time, that boy - Shaheen Shah Afridi - is today the most sought-after fast bowler in the world by teams. One thing that impressed us all is his excellent leadership skill and his humility. It’s a remarkable journey for Shaheen becoming the premium fast bowler in the world and I wish him good luck,” he said.