Peshawar Zalmi
Nickname(s)Khpal Team (lit. Our Team) Yellow Storm
Personnel
CaptainWahab Riaz
CoachDaren Sammy
OwnerJaved Afridi (Haier Pakistan)[1][2]
Team information
CityPeshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Colors
Founded2015; 6 years ago (2015)
Home groundArbab Niaz Stadium[3]
Capacity35,000 (after reconstruction)
History
PSL wins1 (2017)
Official websitepeshawarzalmi.com

Home kit

Alternate kit

Peshawar Zalmi (Pashto: پېښور زلمي‎; Urdu: پشاور زلمی‎; literally meaning "Peshawar's 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 who is a renowned businessman.[1][4] Peshawar Zalmi was established in 2015 following the announcement of the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).[4] Wahab Riaz is the current captain and Daren Sammy is the current head coach of the team, who was appointed at the position mid-way during the 2020 season, replacing Mohammad Akram who retained his position as team director.[5]

Kamran Akmal is the leading run-scorer for the side,[6] while Wahab Riaz is the leading wicket-taker.

Franchise history

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 Javed Afridi for US$16 million for a time period of ten-years.[7][8]

2016 season

See also: Peshawar Zalmi in 2016

Tamim Iqbal with 267 runs in 6 matches was team's leading run scorer in 2016.
Tamim Iqbal with 267 runs in 6 matches was team's leading run scorer in 2016.

Peshawar began their 2016 season well, winning their first two matches. After a loss to Quetta Gladiators[9] the team went on to win six of their eight group stage matches and finished first in the points table, qualifying for the playoffs. The first playoff match was against Quetta in qualifier 1. The match came down to the last ball Quetta winning by one run, Peshawar scoring 132 runs in reply to Quetta's 133 runs.[10] 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

2017 season

See also: Peshawar Zalmi in 2017

Kamran Akmal with 353 runs was the leading run-scorer and also the player of the tournament in 2017.
Kamran Akmal with 353 runs was the leading run-scorer and also the player of the tournament in 2017.

Peshawar traded Aamer Yamin for Sohaib Maqsood of Lahore Qalandars during the off-season.[11] 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. [12] [13]

In their first game of PSL 2017, Peshawar Zalmi lost to the Islamabad United by 7 wickets.[14] In their next game against Karachi Kings, Zalmi won by 7 wickets in pursuit of 120 runs. Eoin Morgan starred in the chase with an unbeaten innings of 80 runs off 57 balls.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] 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 runs and never really got going. But the team's bowlers bowled exceedingly well to make a contest out of it.[18] 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 runs, the Kings had the Zalmis reduced to 69–6 before Shahid Afridi and Darren Sammy combined in a 70-runs 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.[19]

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 runs 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 playoff spot.[20] But with the Gladiators, the team suffered a batting collapse of their own. Chasing a below-par total of 129 runs, 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.[21] 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 runs thanks to Ahmed Shahzad for his 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 form scoring 34 off just 17 balls shifting match in Zalmi's 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[22] where they defeated Karachi Kings by 24 runs. Batting first Zalmi scored 181 runs for 3 wickets 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.[23]

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 runs for 6 wickets but Darren Sammy clubbed 33 runs in the last two overs taking the Zalmis total to 148 runs.[24]

2018 season

See also: Peshawar Zalmi in 2018

In the opening match of 2018 season, defending champions Zalmi suffered a loss against new entrants Multan Sultans by 7 wickets.[25] The next game, Zalmi secured a comfortable 34-runs win over Islamabad United. Defending a target of 176 runs, Zalmi's debuting fast bowler, Umaid Asif, was the star performer as he reduced the opposition to 25-4 inside the powerplay.[26] 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 runs. Defending it, they took the game to the last three balls before the Kings prevailed by 5 wickets.[27]

As the tournament shifted to Sharjah, the team won a thriller against rivals Quetta Gladiators. Batting first, the Gladiators set a target of 143 runs 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.[28] 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.[29]

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.[30]

2019 season

See also: Peshawar Zalmi in 2019

Peshawar Zalmi finished the group stage with first position by winning seven of their matches and losing only three. Peshawar came on top because of the higher run rate.[31] Peshawar Zalmi lost to Quetta Gladiators in the qualifier by 10 runs.[32]

In the final in Karachi, Peshawar Zalmi lost to Gladiators by 8 wickets becoming the runners up.[33]

2020 season

In January before the season started, they signed Hashim Amla as batting mentor of the team, replacing Younis Khan for the job.[34][35]

Team identity

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.[36] 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.[37]

The team's kit colours were yellow and blue, but are now yellow & black as they changed the kit in PSL 4.[38] Peshawar Zalmi is Pakistan's biggest sports entity valued at US$40.5 Million according to NIelsen. Peshawar Zalmi has managed to retain most of its partners in PSL 4. The list of national and multi-national partners of Peshawar Zalmi include Haier, TCL, Sprite, McDonald's, JW Forland, Ruba Digital & Storm Fiber. The media partners of Zalmi include Urdu News,[39] HUM Network, Dawn News, AVT Khyber News, FM 91, Daily Pakistan.

Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi and actress Humaima Malick were team's star ambassadors for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.[40] In 2018 season, Mahira Khan joined Hamza as team's ambassadors after she replaced Humaima Malik.[41] For the 2019 season, actress Sana Javed was announced as the team's goodwill ambassador. Gul Panra is Peshawar Zalmi's Regional Brand Ambassador from PSL 4 and also sang the Peshawar Zalmi Pashto Anthem for Zalmi.[42]

Several musical anthems have been made for the team, and were released by Beyond Records.[43][44]

Year Kit Manufacturer Front Branding Back Branding Chest Branding Sleeve Branding
2016 Zalmi In-House 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 Pakistan, Dawn News, Jang, Zamoong
2019 Zalmi TV RD McDonald's Pakistan, Sprite, TCL
2020 TCL Huawei McDonald's Pakistan, Sprite, Airlink, MG
2021 TCL Huawei McDonald's Pakistan, Oppo, Airlink

Philanthropy

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.[45] 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.[46] 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.[47] In 2018, team owner Javed Afridi invited 13 young patients under treatment at SKMH to watch team's matches live from ground.[48]

International representation

Sponsorship

Turkish Airlines signed a deal to become the official airline sponsor of the franchise for Pakistan Super League 6 starting February 20, 2021.[49]

Peshawar Zalmi

Peshawar Zalmi is the biggest sports entity in Pakistan valued at more than $40 million (Source: Nielsen). It is the number one brand of the PSL since the past 3 years with and has emerged as one of the biggest conglomerate in the country.

Global Zalmi

Global Zalmi comprises the International Sports Branches of Peshawar Zalmi spread across 25 countries. Each year the teams from these countries come and play the Global Zalmi League.

Current squad

No. Name Nat. Birth date Category Batting style Bowling style Signed year Notes
Batsmen
12 Haider Ali Pakistan (2000-10-02) 2 October 2000 (age 20) Gold Right-handed - 2020
33 Tom Kohler Cadmore England (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 27) Gold Right-handed Right-arm off break 2021 Overseas
All-rounders
17 Shoaib Malik Pakistan (1982-02-01) 1 February 1982 (age 39) Platinum Right-handed Right-arm off break 2020 Vice Captain
57 Sherfane Rutherford Guyana (1998-08-15) 15 August 1998 (age 23) Diamond Left-handed Right-arm fast medium 2021 Overseas
24 Amad Butt Pakistan (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 26) Gold Right-handed Right-arm fast medium 2021
27 Mohammad Imran Pakistan (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 24) Silver Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2021
Wicket-keepers
Kamran Akmal Pakistan (1982-01-13) 13 January 1982 (age 39) Diamond Right-handed 2018
26 Imam-ul-Haq Pakistan (1995-12-22) 22 December 1995 (age 25) Silver Left-handed - 2021
Bowlers
47 Wahab Riaz Pakistan (1985-06-28) 28 June 1985 (age 36) Platinum Right-handed Left-arm fast 2016 Captain
21 Umaid Asif Pakistan (1984-04-30) 30 April 1984 (age 37) Silver Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2021
25 Saqib Mahmood England (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 24) Silver Right-handed Right-arm fast 2021 Overseas
88 Mujeeb Ur Rahman Afghanistan (2001-03-28) 28 March 2001 (age 20) Diamond Right-handed Right-arm off break 2021 Overseas
- Abrar Ahmed Pakistan (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 22) Emerging Left-handed Leg break 2021
13 Mohammad Amir Khan Pakistan (2001-09-09) 9 September 2001 (age 20) Supplementary Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2021
- Mohammad Imran Pakistan (2001-01-20) 20 January 2001 (age 20) Emerging Left-handed Left-arm medium fast 2021
Waqar Salamkheil Afghanistan (2001-10-02) 2 October 2001 (age 19) Platinum Right-handed Slow left-arm wrist-spin 2021 Overseas

Management and Coaching Staff

Name Position
Pakistan Javed Afridi (Haier Pakistan) Owner
Pakistan Mohammad Akram Director of Cricket Operations & Bowling Coach
Saint Lucia Darren Sammy Head Coach
Pakistan Inzamam-ul-Haq Batting Coach
Pakistan Nausherwan Effendi Chief Commercial Officer
Pakistan Arshad Khan Team Manager
Pakistan Waqas Yusufzai Creative Manager
Pakistan Farooq Jehanzeb Media Communication Manager
Pakistan Shams Afridi Finance Manager
Pakistan Daniyal Ali Social Media Manager
Pakistan Maaz Khan Marketing Assistant Manager

Captains

Shahid Afridi captained Peshawar Zalmi in the 2016
Shahid Afridi captained Peshawar Zalmi in the 2016
Darren Sammy captained Peshawar Zalmi from 2017 to 2020
Darren Sammy captained Peshawar Zalmi from 2017 to 2020
No. Nat. Player From To Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR %
1 Pakistan Shahid Afridi 2016 2016 10 6 4 0 0 0 60.00
2 Saint Lucia Darren Sammy 2017 2020 39 22 16 0 0 1 57.89
3 Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez 2018 2018 2 1 1 0 0 0 50.00
4 Pakistan Wahab Riaz 2020 present 17 8 9 0 0 0 47.05

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 13 March 2020

Result summary

Overall result in PSL

Year Pld Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR SR(%) Position Summary
2016 10 6 4 0 0 0 60.00 3/5 Playoffs
2017 11 6 4 0 0 1 60.00 1/5 Champions
2018 13 7 6 0 0 0 53.84 2/6 Runners-up
2019 13 8 5 0 0 0 58.33 2/6 Runners-up
2020 10 4 6 0 0 0 40 4/6 Playoffs
2021 13 7 6 0 0 0 53.84 3/6 Runners-up
Total 70 38 31 0 0 1 55.07 - 1 Title

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 24 June 2021

Head-to-head record

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tie&W Tie&L NR SR%
Islamabad United 2018–present 15 8 7 0 0 0 53.33
Karachi Kings 2018–present 15 10 5 0 0 0 66.66
Lahore Qalandars 2018–present 13 8 5 0 0 0 61.53
Multan Sultans 2018–present 9 3 6 0 0 0 33.33
Quetta Gladiators 2018–present 18 9 8 0 0 1 52.94

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 24 June 2021

Statistics

Most runs

Nat. Player From To Matches Innings Runs Average HS 100 50
Pakistan Kamran Akmal 2016 present 53 52 1486 29.72 107* 3 9
Saint Lucia Darren Sammy 2016 2020 49 39 691 25.59 48 0 0
Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez 2016 2018 28 26 598 23.92 77 0 4
Bangladesh Tamim Iqbal 2016 2018 16 16 495 41.25 80* 0 4
England Dawid Malan 2016 2019 16 16 377 26.92 60* 0 2

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 6 March 2020

Most wickets

Nat. Player From To Matches Overs Wickets Average BBI 4w 5w
Pakistan Wahab Riaz 2016 present 51 186.5 73 17.82 3/17 0 0
Pakistan Hasan Ali 2016 2020 42 153.1 56 20.14 4/15 3 0
Pakistan Mohammad Asghar 2016 2018 21 63.4 21 23.28 3/16 0 0
Pakistan Umaid Asif 2018 2019 20 76.0 20 29.35 4/23 1 0
England Chris Jordan 2017 2019 13 44.0 16 21.06 3/26 0 0

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last Updated: 6 March 2020

See also

List of Pakistan Super League anthems

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