2016 has been a really beneficial year for Pakistan Cricket. After their disappointing world cup exit, the cricket of Pakistan has seen new advancements, which included International Cricket after almost half a decade. Zimbabwe came to Pakistan for a short limited over series, which brought relief and joy to every Pakistani’s heart. Moreover, in September, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that Pakistan will see the introduction of a brand new mega T20 domestic competition by the name of the Pakistan Super League.
The tournament is to feature 5 franchise based teams from the 5 main cities of Pakistan. Peshawar is one of them, and it was bought by Javed Afridi, the CEO of Haier Pakistan. Team Peshawar’s official name in the PSL will be “Peshawar Zalmi”, as revealed last week. Zalmi is the Pashto word for “youth”. The logo and name were unveiled in a heart touching fashion on the 13th of December, by the students of the Army Public School in Peshawar. This was indeed a beautiful gesture by Team Haier and Javed Afridi, one that will surely win alot of fans for their team.
Peshawar Zalmi Players Draft for 2016 Season
Draft Picks for 2016 Season
|Peshawar||Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Darren Sammy, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Chris Jordan, Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Jim Allenby – Remaining Players’ draft will be completed on Tuesday 22 Dec.|
Management and Coaching Staff
Abdul Rehman (Manager)
Mohammad Akram (Head Coach/Director Team)
Andy Flower (Batting Coach/Mentor)
Grant Luden (Fielding Coach/Fitness Trainer)
Bradley Ian Robinson (Physiotherapist)
The Pakistan Super League will bring in some of the world’s best T20 stars from all corners of he globe. Although, Teams Karachi and Lahore were the most expensive of the 5 franchises (2.6 million and 2.5 million Dollars respetively), Team Peshawar ended up being the third most expensive after being bought for 1.6 million US dollars for a 10 year period.
The Peshawar region has produced some great Pakistani names over the years, both at domestic and International level, and the level of expectations from their team would be sky high.
All franchises have had their team names already finalized, and now, all we are left with are the team selections or auctions, which are to be held on the 21st and 22nd of December. Though, Peshawar Zalmi have already secured the services of a highly experienced backroom staff, which includes Abdul Rehman as their manager, former International Mohammad Akram as Head Coach, Zimbabwean legend Andy Flower as batting coach, South African Grant Luden as fielding coach and Bradley Ian Robinson as Physiotherapist.
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