Gladiators vs the Lankan Premiere League – Can Pakistan’s Homegrown Cricket Franchise Win LPL?

2020 has been the 12 months of upsets. However what we noticed yesterday can’t be forgotten anytime quickly. As if to take a U-turn on itself, the 12 months is ending some very uncommon experiences, the most recent of which was a Blitzkrieg 50 by Shahid Afridi off simply 20 balls (58/23 last rating), because the Galle Gladiators – nicknamed GG (an extension of Nadeem house owners franchise Quetta Gladiators, PSL champions of Season 4 and Pakistan’s first franchise to characteristic in one other South Asian league) took on Jaffna Stallions (JS) of their first match at Sri Lanka’s most anticipated cricket occasion ever – the Lanka Premiere League.

The complete Pakistan media scene lit up yet another time throughout prime time, because the 40-year-old Shahid Afridi landed and conquered the Lanka Premiere League from the phrase go. He was not the 40-year-old Afridi, however the 16-year-old we knew and beloved within the 90s. With households glued to the TV screens, youngsters had been discovered asking their mother and father ‘is that this one other Afridi?’, whereas most responded ‘No beta, that is the actual Afridi’. Some even imagine that that is the primary of many excessive flying knocks Afridi will grace the LPL with (SA is understood for marrying Sri Lankan bowlers to boundary strains).

Lengthy earlier than the appearance of bubble gums and shampoos, Shahid was predominantly Pakistan’s main leg spinner and quickest run-scorer. His epic knock of 102 off 37 balls (1996) vs Sri Lanka got here again to life, and confirmed why he’s nonetheless Pakistan’s greatest cricket celeb within the final 20 years.

Regardless of a flamboyant efficiency by Afridi, GG nonetheless couldn’t name it sport, with JS finishing the tally in simply 18.3 overs. With 7 matches nonetheless to go for the gladiators, that is their first-ever probability of proving that Pakistan league cricket can battle toe to toe in opposition to any and all franchises.

Underneath the tutelage of the Godfather of Cricketing expertise in Pakistan, Mr. Nadeem Omar, Galle Gladiators hosts the likes of Wasim Akram and Moin khan as mentors and coaches, and a tripartite of Pakistan’s greatest, together with Shahid, Mohammad Aamir, and the ICC champion/Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. Can the getting old tigers of Pakistan stage the opposition to cement a victory within the first-ever Lankan Premier League, cementing their supremacy of expertise within the sub-continent?

Following is the schedule for the rest of Gladiators matches.

Nov 28, 2020: Galle Gladiators v Colombo Kings (8:00 PM PST)

Nov 30, 2020: Galle Gladiators v Kandy Tuskers (8:00 PM PST)

Dec 3, 2020: Galle Gladiators v Jaffna Stallions (3:30 PM PST)

Dec 5, 2020: Dambulla Hawks v Galle Gladiators (3:30 PM PST)

Dec 7, 2020: Colombo Kings v Galle Gladiators (3:30 PM PST)

Dec 9, 2020: Galle Gladiators v Dambulla Hawks (8:00 PM PST)

Dec 10, 2020: Galle Gladiators v Kandy Tuskers (8:00 PM PST)

Dec 13, 2020: Semi-final 1 (8:00 PM PST)

Dec 14, 2020: Semi-final 2 (8:00 PM PST)

Dec 16, 2020: Last (8:00 PM PST)

All matches are being telecast LIVE in Pakistan on Geo Sports activities and PTV, courtesy of Blitz Promoting Group. Blitz and TransMediaGroup are the minds behind the media, on-ground, and broadcast success of the Pakistan Tremendous League in 5 consecutive seasons, which has grown its web worth to the second largest league within the area, after the IPL (est. worth at 500 Mn USD).

“Taking the success of the PSL additional, that is Pakistan’s first step into the world of south Asian franchises. We strongly imagine in supporting this trigger, with our companions IPG and the Sri Lankan Cricket board. We stay up for turning this right into a consolidated win for each nations. Extra inter-country cricket within the area means higher expertise and higher competitors,” mentioned Ahsen Idris, CEO Blitz Group.”

“We want to thank our sponsors ABL, Jazz, Pepsi, Telenor, Ufone, Zong, EBM, Continental Biscuits, Volka, RB, NJI, Haier Zong, and lots of others for having the foresight to see this diamond within the making. The standard of sports activities content material is at PAR with the highest 2 leagues of the sub-continent, with commercial alternatives at a fraction of the associated fee. We imagine that the LPL is now a everlasting cricketing gold chip on our cricketing calendar in Pakistan, and we stay up for together with extra such occasions within the Blitz repertoire sooner or later as nicely,” he added.

When requested to touch upon whether or not he thinks Pakistan can nab this win, he replied, “I don’t need to sound biased, however sure, we undoubtedly have a chance to showcase our expertise as a nation. Fairly frankly, the best way Shahid batted at present, I don’t see any cause why Pakistani crowds is not going to assemble in droves to observe the following GG encounter on the 28th. Relaxation assured, whoever wins, this event will go right down to the wire, and Pakistani eyes is not going to go off the display screen until the final ball.”

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