Lahore Qalandars have always claimed that they play for pride even though many might not agree with them. But it seems that they are finally doing that.
After suffering six consecutive defeats and falling out of the race for the playoff, Lahore have managed to get their act together with back-to-back victories including a thrilling one against Karachi Kings on Sunday night.
With two more games to go, Lahore captain Brendon McCullum declared that his team would go all out for victory in a bid to end the competition on a high.
“I want to focus on the two games we have left now. If you look at our squad it’s probably lacking a bit of star quality but it is the team desperate to play for one another and what we saw today obviously Agha Salman, Sohail Khan, Sohail Akhtar standing up was just symbolic of what we want to be known for, means too much for the people of Lahore,” he told Geo.tv in an interview after his team’s win against Karachi.
McCullum admitted that it was frustrating to have failed to qualify for the next round for the third consecutive time.
“We probably should have won through those games if we had been honest in those crunch moments. We lost those key moments, if we could have won them, we could have won the three of the first six,” he said.
“It was very disappointing,” he added.“I don’t mind losing too much but make it hard to beat. Play with as much passion and pride as you can, if the opposition is good enough to beat, then fair enough, but there were times there were questions on how big our application was,” he said.
McCullum said that he thought about quitting as captain.“When you are captain of the team you are judged based on the result. Even though if you are the best person for the job but if you are not able to reach the guys who you are meant to be leading and inspire them to perform better. I think mentioning that was very rare for everyone of that, then once the guys realized that I was prepared to that as well, the guys started to look how they can help the team.”