Lahore Qalandars disqualified for playoff in PSL 2

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 | 0

After almost fifteen days, the group stage matches of ongoing second edition of Pakistan Super League has finished yesterday and according to the calculation, Lahore Qalandars could not pass to the playoff round. As per the PSL 2 schedule, every participating team played total eight matches where Lahore Qalandars managed just three victories where rest four teams at least got four victories. So, according to the winning rate, they have disqualified for the next round. They have played two matches against each participants where they won both matches against Islamabad United and rest match was won against Karachi Kings.

However, in last season of Pakistan Super League which was laos the inaugural season of this most popular T20 event, Qalandars could not qualify for the playoff round also. So, it is very pathetic that they finished the 2nd season by standing the same position though, their starting the season was quite impressive. They won the second match of the tournament against the defending champion of PSL Islamabad United. Since then, they came to the spotlight and regarded as one of the favourite. Besides, after losing the last season, the franchise brought somewhat change in the team and the current team is led by former Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum. Though, they had plenty of talented T20 experts in the squad but they failed to justify their name in the tournament.

Excluding McCullum, the team had Jason Roy, James Franklin, Umar Akmal, Sunil Narine, Yasir Shah and some other talented players. But, above listed players used to compete different kinds of T20 competition like Big Bash, BPL, CPL, IPL and so on. So, no doubt about their experiences but unfortunately in this tournament, they could not make any balanced team and so, the team has suffered.

However, the group stage has now completed and since 28th February, 2017 the playoff round will start. There are only four matches left in hand and the final match will be staged in 5th March, 2017. Though, the venue of the final match of 2nd season of PSL tournament is yet to be confirmed. But, according to the news, the match will about to be staged at Lahore. But, recently there is a bomb blast occurred near the Lahore and more than ten peoples were dead by it. So, due to the security reason of the foreign crickets, the final venue would probably change to the United Arab Emirates.

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