The team is currently captained by well-known Pakistani bowler, Wahab Riaz. Besides cricket, the franchise had also been involved in noble causes and has made philanthropic efforts. They are a one-time Champions and have also been the runner ups in two PSL tournaments. Their coach, however, is Darren Sammy.
Meaning of the word Zalmi in the local Pashto language is Youth. Hence the meaning of the name of the team is the youth from Peshawar. Using the local language is indeed a great idea.
Owner of Peshawar Zalmi
The team’s current owner is Javed Afridi, who happens to be the CEO of the Pakistan division of the Chinese electronics manufacturing company, Haier. Afridi is an MBA from the University of Oxford and also an alumnus of the London School of Economics. His net worth currently stands at about ninety million United States dollars.
Haier Pakistan has also been involved in sponsoring other cricket tournaments than the PSL and has supported cricket as a sport that way.
Their home ground is in the Peshawar city and is known as Arbab Niaz cricket stadium. Before its current name, it was known as the Shahi Bagh cricket stadium. It is also the home ground of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa team as it is in this province of Pakistan. The stadium has also been a host to some international matches between Pakistan and other teams in the past.
Facts About Peshawar Zalmi Team
- Their highest run-scoring batsman is Kamran Akmal with 1450 runs plus.
- Best bowler in terms of the total number of wickets taken to date is skipper Wahab Riaz who has taken 73 wickets till now.
- Shahid Afridi captained the team in the first season of PSL.
- Most successful captain in terms of percentage of matches won is Darren Sammy (who is the current coach).
- The least successful captain has been Wahab Riaz.
Performance Of Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan Super League
Their season could have been better had they managed to win one or two matches more. But in the end, they had to stay content with nine points. The run rate of this team was -0.055. There one match was cancelled as well in this season.
They came out on the top of the league table since they won seven matches while losing three. They also had the best run rate of all with it being 0.828. Quetta Gladiators too had the same number of points but were behind PZ due to run rate (net).
This season’s double round-robin part was interesting as the middle four teams were quite close to each other. PZ came third in this race with five wins and five losses. Although, tragically, they lost all three of their last matches or else things would have been even better.
They topped the table with fours wins while losing three matches. One of their matches did get cancelled though. The team in the second place, Quetta Gladiators, too had a similar number of points but had a poor run rate.
While they did lose three of their last five matches, they still ended up on the top. Their nearest competitor, Quetta Gladiators did put up a fight as they won four of their last five games but were beaten in the net run rate game.