Quetta Gladiators: Underdogs of the PSL

WEB DESK: The opening match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been won by Quetta Gladiators against Islamabad Uniteds. All the playing teams are struggling hard in the league.

PSL was set in motion on Thursday, 4th of February.

As we know T20 cricket is game of thrill, spirit, youth and game of thrones. Player from all around the world are entertaining cricket lovers with their hard and quick hitting in the cricket T20 format. Now it’s PSL’s time to rock the world and I am going to support Quetta Gladiators, while you may opt for your choice.

An interesting fact about Quetta Gladiators is that they have representation from all the provinces of Pakistan. No other team has this privilege. This fact would attract the fan following every nook and corner of Pakistan.

Quetta Gladiators are highly dependent on young blood. They did not go for the big names like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Misbha ul Haq. This team is led by young Sarfaraz Ahmed. Although, Quetta Gladiators is the cheapest team of the tournament and is considered as the underdogs of the tournament due to many facts. However, Quetta Gladiators, in my opinion, have a balanced selection of players, a good combination of bowlers, batsmen and all-rounders.

The team of Quetta Gladiators is not only packed with young fellows but has a surprise package in the form of the icon players like Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakara.

Quetta Gladiators were bought by Omer Associates for $1.1 million (USD). Nadeem Omer, owner of Omer Associates, is widely known for his love and support for cricket. His contribution has always been appreciable.

Quetta Gladiators have appointed their coaching staff which includes former Pakistan wicket-keeper Moin Khan, as the head coach, while Ian Pont and Julien Fountain appointed as assistant coach and fielding coach respectively.

Sarfaraz Ahmed is leading Quetta Gladiators. He has experience of serving as a vice captain of Pakistan ODI and T20 team and captaincy for Karachi Dolphins.

According to the rules of PSL, every team has selected 16 players, two or three additional players for supplementary category, while Quetta Gladiator have selected 19 players.

The pick from iconic players is Kevin Pietersen.

kevinTeam had to pick two players from Platinum category and they chose Sarfaraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shezad.

AHWAZTeam had to pick three players from Diamond category so Jason Holder, Anwer Ali and Luke Wright were selected.

lukeTeam had to pick 3 players from gold category and selected Umer Gul, Zulfiqar Babar and Elton Chigumbura.

umerTeam had to pick five players from Silver category and selected Mohammad Nawaz, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Nabi, Saad Nasim and Bilal Asif.

asadTeam had to pick two players from emerging category and Akbar Rehman and Bismillah Khan were selected to fill this post.