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“Whatever we win will be dedicated to the martyrs of APS. This is our cause, the city’s cause, KPK’s cause,” says Javed Afridi. — Photo: Peshawar Zalmi
“Whatever we win will be dedicated to the martyrs of APS. This is our cause, the city’s cause, KPK’s cause,” says Javed Afridi. — Photo: Peshawar Zalmi

KOLKATA/KARACHI: The Peshawar franchise of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) – to be called Peshawar Zalmi – will be dedicated to the children and teachers of the Army Public School (APS), who lost their lives in a brutal attack by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) last December.

“Whatever we win will be dedicated to the martyrs of APS. This is our cause, the city’s cause, KPK’s cause,” franchise owner Javed Afridi, CEO of Haier Home Appliances, said.

“Zalmi, meaning youth, is just not a cricket team,” he said after unveiling the team logo at the premises of APS, an institution he is an alumnus of. “They are ambassadors of our frontiers, exponents of our sportsman spirit that lies in the hearts of every Pakistani.”

The logo, in the shape of a turban worn by the Pashtuns in the western frontiers of Pakistan, is in three shades – blue, yellow and white – signifying pride of the region, the skies and the energy of the people.

APS students in a group photo during Peshawar Zalmi’s launch event. APS students in a group photo during Peshawar Zalmi’s launch event.

The word “Zalmi”, written in bold, is in a font designed to portray the team’s “head-on approach”.

Afridi underscored his wish to help rebuild the lives of the families who lost their loved ones last year. For starters, he said, he would take the families of the victims to the UAE to watch PSL “so that they get to have some happiness and joy for a short period at least”.

‘An expert coaching panel to uplift Peshawar’

Peshawar became the first PSL franchise to launch its logo and team name in a ceremony held at the APS. Team owner Afridi unveiled a star-studded coaching panel that will lead the team’s campaign in the first edition of the most lucrative domestic tournament in the country’s history.

Former England head coach Andy Flower, former head coach of the National Cricket Academy Mohammad Akram, coach of Peshawar’s two time national T20 team Abdur Rehman and Pakistan team trainer Grant Luden have been inducted as Peshawar Zalmi’s coaching staff.

Team owner Javed Afridi unveils Peshawar Zalmi’s logo at APS. Team owner Javed Afridi unveils Peshawar Zalmi’s logo at APS.

Flower will be the batting coach/consultant; Akram will look after the responsibilities as head coach of the team while Rehman and Luden will be assisting in training activities.

“We have tried to keep a top-class panel that can help groom our team for bigger challenges. Flower is a renowned coach who did wonders for England; his presence can also help our players earn county stints since he has an involvement in the set-up there.

“Likewise, Akram has worked closely at the NCA and done in-depth work at the grassroot level. Rehman has also been rewarded for his outstanding work for Peshawar while Luden is already established as a trainer at the highest level,” said Afridi.

Afridi added that his franchise will not only groom the players but will also generate opportunities for them to ply their trade in leagues around the world, while the coaching staff will be expected to spot talented players who have the potential to make a name in domestic and international arenas.


Comments (27) Closed



khan Dec 14, 2015 12:09pm

He is a good man. Also truly understand the economics and business.

Jaan-Bhittani Dec 14, 2015 12:13pm

Very nice name "Peshawar Zalmi" meaning Peshawar Youngsters

NoFame Dec 14, 2015 12:18pm

Well done - good effort to show solidarity towards those who has been affected badly - very badly :(

Raza Dec 14, 2015 12:22pm

Pure professionalism. :)

Pakistani democrat Dec 14, 2015 12:28pm

What I like is the multi cultural approach towards franchise names. Honouring Pluralism is the step in right direction.

Hope Dec 14, 2015 12:30pm

Great!

How about giving a portion of the earnings to the victims family, that will be more practical.

Mani Dec 14, 2015 12:43pm

Mohammad Akram is a bad choice. A parchi coach. After all his years with the national team and now at NCA, he has provided nothing. Thanks to him fast bowling has almost gone extinct in Pakistan.

Muzzammil Hussain Dec 14, 2015 12:52pm

Thank you Javed Afridi, CEO of Haier Home Appliances!!!!!

Naveed Dec 14, 2015 12:53pm

This is my team!!

Black Warrant Dec 14, 2015 01:01pm

What a beautiful gesture.

Ali Abbas Dec 14, 2015 01:26pm

BEAUTIFUL... A VERY NICE GESTURE... TOUCHING

Azmeen Dec 14, 2015 02:25pm

Good name. Best of luck.

omer khan shaheen Dec 14, 2015 02:31pm

Bravo Javed, An excellent gesture to keep our loved ones alive.

Saeed Masood Dec 14, 2015 02:50pm

Good man good show...all of Pakistan should never forget this for ever what was done to our beloved children...

Just here Dec 14, 2015 02:51pm

I'll support peshawar love u peshawar

No Second Chance Dec 14, 2015 03:29pm

Best of Luck "Peshawar Zalmi". I hope that PSL will bring best of Pakistan talent.

Nick Dec 14, 2015 03:39pm

Hats off to J Afridi, such a nice humanitarian. I wish team and PSL will do good in the upcoming league tournament.

Iftikhar Husain Dec 14, 2015 03:59pm

This is a very good news.

Kashif Dec 14, 2015 04:12pm

Very Patriotic and a decent personality of Javed Afridi. Deserves salute from Nation.

KHAN Dec 14, 2015 04:12pm

I see something more than business here....sheer patriotism and love for the game! I literally had goosebumps reading this and what better time could it be than the anniversary of APS martyrs. Hats off to you sir!

Shahnawaz Wardak Dec 14, 2015 04:50pm

APS gesture has sold me; I'm all for Peshawar Zalmi now. 16 December is nigh and we're trying to hold our tears back. Look TTP, you broke us but didn't defeat us. We're a lot closer as a nation now, onwards and upwards- Pakistan, Peshawar!

Hamza Khan Dec 14, 2015 05:20pm

That's a brilliant name and logo. Good luck Peshawar !

Saeed Masood Dec 14, 2015 05:38pm

Good man...Good Work...whatever we do for our beloved children of APS is little as compared to what they did for us...They have gone in the Ultimate History ...

Finlandia Dec 14, 2015 06:14pm

What about victims in Parachinar?

Kamran Dec 14, 2015 06:28pm

Bravo!!!

MNKhan Dec 15, 2015 06:56am

I think it is the best coaching panel so far and it can do wonders for Peshawar Zalmi

hamad khan Dec 15, 2015 07:04am

Peshawar zalmi good name ...I will support Peshawar..afridi is a nyc man