KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators have actually been the only HBL Pakistan Super Organization franchise business which has retained the captain, head train and also advisor for the 6th straight season as Sarfaraz Ahmed, Moin Khan as well as the legendary number of Sir Vivian Richards jointly imagine winning a 2nd prize this year.
The return of so-called ‘gale force’ in the form of previous West Indies terrific Chris Gayle at the ripe age of 41 is an enormous gamble taken by Quetta. No one in the history of Twenty20 cricket has actually racked up even more runs than the globetrotting Gayle’s astonishing tally of 13,584 from 411 suits. Now it depends on the huge left-handed opener to verify that he’s still a giant after enrolling in his 3rd PSL franchise.
Quetta Gladiators , however, have actually been deprived of Shane Watson given that the Australian stalwart has retired from all kinds of cricket late in 2015.
The primary reason for Quetta’s fifth-place surface for the very first time in 2020 was the haphazard tournament routine that left them haggard as they were continuously on the move while crisscrossing from Karachi, Lahore, Multan and also Rawalpindi, with hardly any space to overcome jet-lag.
However while that concern has actually been fixed as a result of the truth that only 2 centres– Karachi and Lahore– will certainly be used because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the genuine fear could be the fact that they’ll be playing 4 of their 10 league-phase components during daytime hours.
On other group front news, Quetta Gladiators — champions in 2019– appears to have a squad which looks quite well balanced with a great mix of experience and young people. One of the most fascinating induction is that of Qais Ahmed as the 20-year-old Afghanistan leggie is lastly poised to make his PSL debut, while batting natural born player Azam Khan– the 22-year-old son of Moin Khan– could be one of the forthcoming competitors’s real celebrities.
Dadu-born leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood ultimately made his global launching on Sunday and also the coming weeks would certainly even more boost the 32-year-old’s track record in his first PSL.
Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Tom Banton, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Azam Khan, Naseem Shah, Usman Khan Shinwari, Cameron Delport, Anwar Ali, Qais Ahmed, Zahid Mahmood, Abdul Nasir, Arish Ali Khan, Saim Ayub, Dale Steyn, Usman Khan.
Backroom staff: Moin Khan (head coach), Sir Vivian Richards (mentor/batting coach), Umar Gul (bowling coach), Julian Fountain (fielding coach), Azam Khan (team manager), Mohammad Asad (physio), Rashid Qureshi (trainer), Abdul Rauf (masseur), Nabeel Hashmi (media manager).
Season M W L T NR/Abd SR Rank
2016 10 7 3 0 0 70.00 2nd
2017 10 5 4 0 1 55.55 2nd
2018 11 5 6 0 0 45.45 4th
2019 12 9 3 0 0 75.00 1st
2020 9 4 5 0 0 44.44 5th
Overall 52 30 21 0 1 58.82 —
Opponents M W L T NR/Abd SR
Islamabad United 11 7 4 0 0 63.33
Karachi Kings 10 7 3 0 0 70.00
Lahore Qalandars 10 5 5 0 0 50.00
Multan Sultans 5 3 2 0 0 60.00
Peshawar Zalmi 16 8 7 0 1 53.33
Quetta Gladiators’ fixtures (all times PST)
Feb20; vs Karachi Kings (Karachi, 7:00pm)
Feb 22: vs Lahore Qalandars (Karachi, 7:00pm)
Feb 26: vs Peshawar Zalmi (Karachi, 8:00pm)
March 1: vs Islamabad United (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 3: vs Multan Sultans (Karachi, 7:00pm)
March 6: vs Islamabad United (Karachi, 2:00pm)
March 7: vs Multan Sultan (Karachi, 2:00pm)
March 11: vs Lahore Qalandars (Lahore, 7:00pm)
March 13: vs Karachi Kings (Lahore, 2:00pm)
March 14: Peshawar Zalmi (Lahore, 2:00pm)