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Written by: Nicholas Tatham
Fawad Rana announces the Durban Qalandars to the world
Durban – As the first edition of the T20 Global League approaches, Durban
franchise owner Fawad Rana unveiled the Durban Qalandars to the media at
a briefing on Friday morning.
The Durban-based franchise will make up one of the eight franchises in
the newest tournament in the global T20 craze and owner Fawad Rana has
drawn a number of similarities between his home town of Lahore and
“I have always loved South Africa and I have always been fascinated by
its history,” Rana mentioned.
“The diversity of the city is something that drew me to it and I want to
celebrate with the people of Durban and the province.
“The city of Durban and the province of KwaZulu-Natal have a rich
history and that is very much like Lahore.
“Everyone knows Cape Town and I want to try and take Durban to the
world, and tell people that Durban is a city that has a huge amount to
Rana’s unique approach to development and his focus on developing the
youth in Pakistan will benefit the growth of the game in KwaZulu-Natal
and CEO of Cricket South Africa Haroon Lorgat felt that Rana’s approach
was well rounded.
“We didn’t want to get owners in that would just offer the most money,”
“We wanted the right people and Mr Rana’s vision and passion for cricket
as well as his love of providing opportunities for the youth is
“I think that Durban is fortunate in that they have a great set of
KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union president Fa-eez Jaffer backed up Lorgat's
view, saying Rana's approach to the Durban based franchise would have
far reaching benefits.
"It is great for the union to be associated with like-minded people like
the Qalandars who have placed emphasis on development and growing the
game of cricket."
The KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union is grateful for the opportunity to be a
part of this incredible initiative. The Qalandars brings with it a
wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as an immense passion for
the game. We are looking forward to be a part of the Qalandar family,"
The newly installed CEO of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins Heinrich Strydom
said that the inaugural edition of the new Global T20 League franchise
came at a positive time of rejuvenation.
"There is a great buzz amongst the players, both the professional
players and in the amateur ranks in this region. We are building and
growing from a very positive platform, and the Global T20 League will
add extra energy to the momentum that is already evident here.
"We are looking forward to working closely with Fawad Rana and the
Durban Qalandars to ensure that the legacy of this inaugural season is
felt long after the last match is played," said Strydom.
One of Durban’s favourite son’s Hashim Amla will be back playing cricket
at the ground where it all started for him and to have experienced
cricket all over the world he’s looking forward to a home-coming of
“When I was a teenager and when friends would say let’s go and watch a
game at Kingsmead, you got excited.
“It was the hallowed turf of my youth and I have been fortunate enough
to have played international cricket for a few years and you lose that
hallowed feeling after you’ve played on so many grounds around the
“After having been away from Durban for a few years it is really
exciting to come back and have Kingsmead as a home again.”
With his marquee player status Amla will be the source of a lot of
guidance for the younger players in the team, a role that he is looking
forward to fulfilling.
“Being a marquee player means that I am just one of the senior players
that will be there to assist any of the younger players that need
“It is an honour really to be seen in that light and it is great to see
our owners having a genuine concern for things outside of the cricket on
the field,” he added.
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Introducing the Durban
Qalandars to the media on Friday are (from left) marquee player Hashim
Amla, Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat, owner of the Durban
Qalanaders Fawad Rana, eThekwini Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer and KZNCU
President Fa-eez Jaffer.
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