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    "The talent in Pakistan is phenomenal" : Brendon McCullum

    Appointed as the captain for Lahore Qalandars for the 2017 edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Brendon McCullum is expected to bring his vast international experience to help his team lift the trophy. Having retired from international cricket, McCullum's outstanding record of scoring over two-thousand runs at a breathtaking strike rate of one-hundred and thirty six in T20Is is something the Lahore based franchise will be banking on. Coupled with his experience at helm of the New Zealand team, the thirty-five-year-old McCullum is expected to be one of the top-rated players in this edition of the PSL.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, the Lahore Qalandars captain spoke on a variety of topics including feelings about his participation in the PSL for the first time, the difference in captaining a side between Tests and Twenty20 games, Umar Akmal's potential as a match-winner and his hopes of leading Lahore Qalandars to a tournament victory.





    PakPassion.net : Do you have any regrets about retiring from international cricket?

    Brendon McCullum : I have absolutely no regrets at all about retiring. I had a great time playing international cricket but then like everything else in life, good things must come to an end. The timing of my retirement was right for the team and it was a good point for myself to move on, and for someone else to take over captaincy. The new captain, Kane Williamson, was definitely the right man for the job and he's done a great job already so far. Its also a great feeling to support New Zealand from afar as well.


    PakPassion.net : You must have been happy with the outcome of the recently concluded New Zealand versus Pakistan Test series?

    Brendon McCullum : Yes, I thought they played outstandingly well. But then this seems to be the way at the moment in international cricket; teams at home are incredibly difficult to beat and that's exactly how it happened with Zealand at home to Pakistan. New Zealand have been very successful so far this summer and they're really beginning to understand the style of play with which they want to operate with. What is also pleasing for me is the way Kane Williamson is really growing into the role; he's brought his obvious professionalism and consistency to it too.


    PakPassion.net : Are you looking forward to playing in the PSL for the first time?

    Brendon McCullum : Yes, frankly I can't wait for it to start. It's the first time I've been involved in the PSL. I've been here for around a week and have got to meet the guys and have got to know the squad members pretty quickly. It's been a cool environment to be a part of, so far. We can't guarantee success but we certainly are going into this tournament with the right team spirit and have most boxes ticked in terms of our preparation, so let’s see how we go in the coming days.


    PakPassion.net : What, in your view, are the qualities of a good captain of a Twenty20 team?

    Brendon McCullum : I do believe that you need to be true to your style of play in your captaincy. Everyone skins it slightly differently. So some captains like to be really methodical and thorough in terms of their consistency while others prefer to be more dynamic and depend upon their instincts. I try to make sure the guys have a good time and work with the management group and senior players to allow them to an opportunity to express themselves on the cricket field and develop at their own pace, and try and hopefully create some good memories as a team.


    PakPassion.net : Do you find a big difference between captaining a Test side versus a Twenty20 side?

    Brendon McCullum : The main difference is in the pace of play and the level of risk you must operate at to win such games. Twenty20 cricket forces you to operate at a higher intensity and has a level of risk which is something I love that about playing these Twenty20 leagues. You're constantly making decisions and taking educated gambles in the hope that, at the end of the game, these calls allow your team to come out on top. It's completely different from Test cricket but you still require the ability to understand where the game is going and try and stay in front of it.

    Test cricket, on the other hand, has an element of thoroughness and requires longer planning in terms of your strategy. Twenty20 is good fun and it's not just on the field, but the environment off the field; the language you talk and discussions you have with the players needs to be consistent. You need to try and allow them to have a good time, play with freedom and go out there and push the envelope and display their skill-set which will allow them to perform at their best.


    PakPassion.net : You've had a chat with some of the younger players in Lahore Qalandars squad. Does anyone stand out for you as an exciting prospect to watch out for?

    Brendon McCullum : Yes, I have had a chance to look at the newer players and I would say that Fakhar Zaman is very good and he looks outstanding. I'm looking forward to seeing him making his presence felt in the tournament.

    It’s been incredibly exciting to watch these players in the warm-up nets we’ve had so far. There are a lot of guys in the squad who are good and to me that is because the talent in Pakistan is phenomenal and that is why this competition is so great. It allows the talent in Pakistan and not just the top names, but the next tier as well, opportunities to play on the big stage with international players and under the spotlight in such a big tournament. Competitions such as the PSL can really grow the home-country’s players as we have seen in other countries as well. A good example is the player development program for Lahore Qalandars from which we have seen players coming through and getting a chance to play at the big stage which is a pretty exciting prospect.


    PakPassion.net : Umar Akmal is an amazing batsman but everyone feels he's underachieved in international cricket. Why is that?

    Brendon McCullum : He's still a young man and there's a lot of cricket left in him. The best years of a batsman are normally after he turns thirty. He may not always be the most consistent of cricketers but he has the ability to single-handedly take the game away from the opposition. He's that sort of player but it takes great courage to play like that. If he feels he has the backing and support of those around him, I think you'll see him take his game to the next level. He's an incredibly talented cricketer and I know that he is desperate to perform in this tournament.


    PakPassion.net : UAE has been a happy hunting ground for you in the past. Do you expect to take that confidence forward into this tournament?

    Brendon McCullum : All you can do is try and repeat that type of performance in this form of the game. Fact is that you can't guarantee anything but what you can do is to turn up with confidence in your own game and with the right attitude. You try and keep things as simple as possible and hopefully your performance will flow off that belief. Let’s wait and see how it goes in the UAE as it will be interesting to see what kind of wickets we play on. That in turn will be a big determining factor in terms of the style of cricket we play during this tournament. I also hope to make some contributions along the way as well.


    PakPassion.net : Have there been any discussions with your squad about what you need to improve upon from last year’s rather dismal showing in the PSL?

    Brendon McCullum : We have to accept that Twenty20 is such an inconsistent game that just one or two balls or runs can determine whether you go on to win a tournament or finish last. From talking to the guys, small margins were the reasons why we finished where we did last year. We weren't too far away so we don't need to try and reinvent the game, it's just a matter of trying to remain true to how we want to play. I think looking at the players we've recruited, it's pretty obvious as to the brand of cricket and how we want to be playing.


    PakPassion.net : Do you think Lahore Qalandars have it in them to reach the finals of the PSL 2017?

    Brendon McCullum : Yes, we can and that is what we are here for. But then there are four other teams that are also pretty keen to win it as well so we're respectful of that. Those teams have some outstanding cricketers, both globally and internationally as well. As for us, we'll be well prepared and function as a tight unit on the field and off it as well. We'll give it our best and hopefully things will happen to our satisfaction.


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    Top player. Had a terrific career in all three formats and knew just when to call it a day. Was a terrific captain and I expect LQ to flourish under his brilliant man management. Hope Fakhar Zaman can learn a thing or two from him and form a decent LOI career by following into the Macs footsteps.

    Especially love how humble McCullum is.

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    Excellent interview. Well done.

    McCullum is a great captain and an awesome batsman.

    Looking forward to his performances in PSL.



    Hopefully he doesn't win too many games.





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    Good to see him praise Fakhar.


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    good news for fakhar and umar. they have the captain who will allow them to flourish.
    no fear of failure here


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    Really happy to see him rate Umar and realize that he must be backed. Our management must do the same and promote him


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    McCullum's already an adopted Pakistani now that he's repeated the "talent bohat hai" line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    Really happy to see him rate Umar and realize that he must be backed. Our management must do the same and promote him
    Don't you ever tire of this line ? I've been hearing how "Akmal needs to be backed" for the last 7 years.

    The guy fails at 5 and 6 but that means he merits a promotion. He's unfit as hell, turns easy 2s into 1s, struggles to rotate strike against quality spin, has a few go-to shots against pace (pull shot, shots through extra cover and midwicket) so people will bring up the "talented" tag that'll allow him to coast along for another 7 years.

    He'll probably do well in this second-rate T20 knockabout but the moment its time to make a decisive performance in internationals he'll let us down again as per.

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    Excellent interview.

    Very interesting points by B Mac.

    Umar Akmal point is interesting. Let's see if he can get the best out of him.



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    Quality interview

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Excellent interview.

    Very interesting points by B Mac.

    Umar Akmal point is interesting. Let's see if he can get the best out of him.
    A lot of us have been making those same points for years now. We know he can be a let down, but compared to many of our current bunch, he at least has the ability to win matches against anyone. Boring, safe players don't win matches.


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    Troubling to see 42 year olds making 50s in this tournament!

    Early days yet and young guys need more confidence which they will get as tournament goes on


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    The Lahore Qalandars guys told me that Brendon was disappointed with the loss in that low scoring game but he knows that they have belief now to win another such game

    This guy is no ordinary captain


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    Fakhar could be the next find of Pakistan but Umar Ah! he is a failure. Stop investing on him just stop. Have a thought of loss and invest on someone else.

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    Good decision by Lahore to get McCullum in. From all accounts, he is a great leader and the younger players are really enjoying his presence.


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    BMac has to take a large share of the blame for Lahore's failure at the PSL.

    Had a horrible tournament with the bat and his captaincy wasn't all that great either.



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    All through his cricketing career Lahore Qalandars captain Brendon McCullum has played with a fearlessness that only he could.

    When the kiwi veteran comes out to bat, no bowler is fast enough, no ground big enough for him to change his free-scoring style. He played his cricket with his trademark swagger, and it's not going to change in the 2018 Pakistan Super League (PSL).

    Ahead of the February 22 kick-off, the message from McCullum is: "We'll play selfless cricket, we'll play fearless cricket and we hope we can make our fans proud this year. We'll try and do our absolute best [to win]."

    The Qalandars have been hapless in the opening two editions of the PSL, finishing bottom of the six-team tournament each time, albeit due to little fault of McCullum.

    While the franchise's past record may not have been great, the 36-year-old is confident that things will be different in the upcoming season.

    "I think we've made some very, very good signings over the off-season," said McCullum. "We've had a couple of disappointing years but maybe this is the year when we can stand up for the people of Lahore but also for those who support the Qalandars from all over the world."

    Serving as McCullum's deputy during the 2018 PSL will be Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman, and the New Zealander seems very content with the choice the franchise has made.

    "I have a trusted ally in Fakhar Zaman, which is fantastic," said McCullum. "He's going to do great things as a leader as well."

    McCullum also reserved praise for head coach Aqib Javed, saying: "He [Javed] has also been very prominent from the get-go. He does wonderful things all 12 months a year. To have him at the helm is really cool."

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1390148/mc...-for-qalandars
    Last edited by MenInG; 18th February 2018 at 08:50.


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    Not sure why there’s a kiwi captaining a Lahore team

    Should have stepped down after last year


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    If Lahore Qalanders are to have a good tournament then they will need Baz to score some runs. They have a pretty good team on paper.

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    There is talent but nothing to nurture it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chacha kashmiri View Post
    Not sure why there’s a kiwi captaining a Lahore team

    Should have stepped down after last year
    He was appointed. Maybe the question is for desperate Lahore owners.


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    Every country has a phenomenal talent pool, the question is what are you doing to tap, develop and exploit it.
    Brendon's candor is appreciated but that does nothing for Pak cricket

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    So the talk starts coming in before every league to please the masters....

    So after this, Bmac will go and say IPL is best league of the world...then he jump to CPL and say Windies are amazing in T20. BPL also have some amazing local talent as well .Over to BBL, the best competitive league. South African league- this is going to be one hell of the league and then finally back to PSL and the best thing Pakistan loves to hear is "talent"!!!!!

    and the cycle goes on......!!!!!

    Truth is that these freelance cricketer doesn't give a dime about any talent or anything...they are here to make quick money, please there masters and carry on!!!

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    BMac trying too hard to get honorary Pak citizenship.

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    I'm just curious to see how Yasir and Raza will fare under BMac this year.

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    BMac recognises talent and ability when he sees it. It was largely due to his recommendation that Shadab got CPL and BBL contracts.


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    Baz is a great role model to have as a skipper in the PSL, we're very fortunate. Hopefully he can give confidence to the youngsters since that's the most appealing thing about his free captaincy style

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuzaifaE View Post
    Baz is a great role model to have as a skipper in the PSL, we're very fortunate. Hopefully he can give confidence to the youngsters since that's the most appealing thing about his free captaincy style
    Yeah I'm hoping his captaincy style will allow Yasir and Raza to attack.

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    He's not wrong. Everyone knows (except some jealous Indians) that Pakistan main talent bohat hay.

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    We have heard it zillion times how talented our Cricketers are. What else can Brendan say if you stick a microphone down the poor man's throat! Talent is nothing unless it is polished, our system is unable to do that.


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    All hype for PR like the norm.

    Talent is useless without refinement.

    U can bowl 150kph gun barrel straight and get smacked to all parts in international cricket.


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    Talent is there but there's no structure or system for these guys to prosper. Hope Bmac can pass his fearless mentality onto some of the LQ youngsters.

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    Brendon McCullum becomes second to 9000 T20 runs

    Brendon McCullum has become the second man to get to the 9000-run mark in Twenty20 cricket, getting to the milestone during the course of his whirlwind 27-ball 43 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League on Sunday 8 April.

    At the end of his innings, McCullum had 9035 runs to his name in the shortest format of the game at an average of 30.94 and a strike rate of 137.81.

    The former New Zealand captain only trails the Windies' Chris Gayle in the list of top run-scorers in T20 cricket. Gayle has 11,068 runs. Windies all-rounder Kieron Pollard (8048 runs), Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (7728) and Australia’s David Warner (7668) complete the top five.

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    McCullum, despite last playing a T20 International in June 2015, remains the second-highest scorer in the format too, with 2140 runs.

    He is behind fellow New Zealander Martin Guptill, who tops that list with 2271 runs, with India captain Virat Kohli (1983) only a little way behind.

    McCullum, 36, was always in demand from clubs in T20 leagues around the world and has been plying his trade around the world since retiring from international cricket in February 2016.
    Apart from Royal Challengers Bangalore, McCullum is also a part of Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League, and Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.

    McCullum's blitz, however, did not end in victory for his team, as Sunil Narine scored a 19-ball 50 to help Kolkata Knight Riders complete a four-wicket win.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/660979

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    How are Bmac and Narine smashing such inns? They could hardly lay bat to ball in the PSL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adijazz1706 View Post
    How are Bmac and Narine smashing such inns? They could hardly lay bat to ball in the PSL
    They might have been conserving their energy for IPL, traitors!

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    Brendon McCulum and Sunil Narine are free flowing batsman who prefer the ball coming onto the bat. The slow and low pitches of UAE greatly hindered their strokeplay, hence their relatively poor returns in PSL. One must be delusional to think that they 'failed' in PSL due to some extraordinary bowling.

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