Lahore Qalandars has been struggling for 6 years but is unable to get into the finals every season. This year, Qalandars has been superb with their bat, ball, and field as well and put blood & sweat to made into the finals and won the prestigious title. So, the dream comes true for Lahore as they won the thriller against the defending champions Multan Sultans and lift the trophy for the first time in HBL PSL History.
The 21-year old ICC Men Cricketer Of The Year, Shaheen Shah Afridi leads the team from the front and became the youngest captain to win the team in any league format.
Moreover, the team had performed superbly in the playoffs against the strong team Islamabad United where Lahore’s David Wiese played the spectacular innings to get into the finals.
“The wait of 7 long years has finally ended. We are PSL champions, Alhumdulillah. Grateful to every single player, coaches, owners, staff and super fans for your belief. You made it possible,”The winning captain, Shaheen Shah Afridi praised the team and the management for their victory,
“Mohammad Rizwan bhai and Multan Sultans, you fought like champions,”He also applaud the defending champions Multan Sultans during the interview,
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Ramiz Raja paid tribute to all the Cricket fans, supporting staff, players, sponsors, foreign players, medical team and cru for their outstanding efforts to made the big event Pakistan Super League possible.
“There is no doubt that the HBL Pakistan Super League 7 has been a phenomenal success and this is largely due to the fact that we had amazing crowds, both in Karachi and Lahore. In my professional career, I have never seen such charged up, overwhelming, enthusiastic, lively and supportive crowds, particularly in Lahore.
“On behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board, I thank all the fans who crossed the turnstiles to not only play their significant part in the success of HBL PSL 7, but through our high-definition production showcased Pakistan as a cricket passionate country.
“HBL PSL 7 profits jumped to 71 percent, the most in its history, with each franchise earning around PKR900million, again the most in HBL PSL’s history, and all before the first ball was even bowled”