Three Jinxed Franchises of T20 Leagues
by Muhammad Aurangzeb
Dehli Daredevils of IPL, Big Bash based-Sydney Thunders and Lahore Qalandars of Pakistan Super League have failed to make a mark in their respective leagues. Since the advent of mainstream T20 franchise-based cricket through Indian Premier League in 2008, three popular franchises across different T20 leagues have struggled to make a mark in their respective leagues.
Dehli Daredevils is a franchise that played in all ten editions of the Indian Premier League. However, it failed to qualify beyond league stage seven times. The franchise fared well in the first two seasons by reaching semi-finals stage, but continuous captaincy and squad changes between seasons made sure that the Dehli-based franchise fell short of reaching the knockout stages.
Big Bash League (known as BBL) is an Australian T20 competition that features eight teams. Sidney Thunders, champions of the 2015-16 edition of the BBL, failed to qualify for semi-finals in the rest of the six editions of the league. Notable players such as David Warner, Shane Watson, Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan an Jacques Kallis have been part of the Sydney-based franchise, however that has not resulted in changing its lacklustre performance over the years.
Pakistan Super League, premier T20 tournament of Pakistan cricket is currently underway in the form of its third edition. Lahore Qalandars, one of the most expensive franchises in the league, has a win/loss ratio of 26.19% as of March 4, 2018. The Lahore-based franchise has been famous for buying prominent foreign players such as Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn, however that hasn’t resulted in a change of fortunes for the team. Lahore Qalandars has lost five games on the trot in the ongoing PSL and failed to qualify for the next stage in the previous two editions, finishing at the bottom of the points table.