Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Lahori Shehzaade

Cricket20 is a website that covers everything and anything related to 20-20 cricket around the world. Be it the ICL, the IPL, the Pro20, Stanford Series, KFC 20-20 they have it all on Cricket20.

The website also publishes global rankings of domestic 20-20 teams from around the world and what I'm glad to see is that they don't bar the ICL teams from being ranked - thank God some people still have sense.

In their most recently updated list, the Lahore Badshahs are ranked at #3 behind the Victoria Bushrangers and the Sialkot Stallions.

The Lahore Badshahs are in their 1st season of 20-20 cricket and have swept aside all opposition in the on going ICL Edelweiss Grand Championship winning all 7 of their matches.

Led by former Pakistan captain, Inzamam Ul Haq, the Badshahs is made up of former international cricketers from Pakistan and a number of them have made a solid impact in the ongoing ICL tournament.

Here's a look at a few of the outstanding performances:

Inzamam Ul Haq: 50* off 43 deliveries to lead them to a 5 wicket win over defending champions, Chennai Superstars.

Azhar Mahmood 5-13 to dismiss the Hyderbabad Heroes for a paltry 86. He is also the 2nd highest wicket taker of the championship.

Imran Farhat: 94 off 54 balls with 8 sixes against the Chandigarh Lions leading the Badshahs to a match winning 187.

Hasan Raza: Bettered Farhat's effort, smashing an unbeaten 98 off only 52 balls with 10 fours and 4 sixes to lead them to another match winning 187 against the Mumbai Champs.

Mushtaq Ahmed: 3-20 to bowl out Delhi Giants for only 103. Imran Nazir smashed a 47 ball unbeaten 60 to lad the Badshahs to an 8 wicket win.

The ICL Edelweiss 20s Challenge enters the semifinal stage today with defending champions Chennai Superstars up against Hyderabad Heroes.

The Lahore Badshahs have entered the semis as the only team that has remained unbeaten in the 7 league games and they play the Kolkata Tigers tomorrow.

Moving back the above mentioned Cricket20 rankings - currently there are 22 teams on that list. Another 8 will be ranked once the IPL gets underway this month. Which of the IPL teams do you reckon will make it to the top 5 of this list?

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