ISLAMABAD: Sarfraz Ahmad, captain of the Quetta Gladiators said, “After Pakistan Super League, we hope that cricket will have a brighter future in Quetta and we hope that more promising cricketers like Bismillah Khan comes out from there.”
“We wanted to place Quetta to a higher level in the map of Pakistan cricket, unlike other Pakistan cities like Lahore and Karachi, Quetta is not well known for cricket. We’ve also heard that our team owners are planning an academy in Quetta and I think it is good sign,” he said.
Sarfraz is proud of his players and feels the defeat in the final was because it was not his team’s day. “It was bad luck for us in the final although we did put up a good score. It was not our day. Credit goes to the wining team. They got a good start and from there on they went on to win the game.”
Sarfraz feels that had his team scored a few more runs, maybe the result would have been different. “The pitch was very good and we expected that kind of a pitch for a final match that will help players hit sixes and fours.
I think we could have had a few more runs, but even then our score was pretty good. Our problem was that we did not get wickets earlier on in the innings,” he said.
Quetta had some of the finest foreign players in Kevin Pietersen, Kumar Sangakkara and Grant Elliott. Sarfraz revealed that the experience of playing alongside them will take his players a long way. “In the initial stages, it was difficult for us some of us, as we were in awe of them. When we started playing with them, we got to know them better and also realised that they are good human beings as well. We learnt a lot and they helped us a lot,” Gulf News reported.
To a query whether his team peaked early, Sarfraz said: “It is not correct. In fact, in the initial stages we did play so well then we managed to stage a comeback. We played the right kind of game, but the final was not our day.”
When asked whether his counterpart Misbah-ul-Haq has proved that he is the best captain in the country, Sarfraz sportingly said: “Misbah is a very senior player and a senior captain and he is considered one of the best we ever had. When he won the toss and put us to bat, maybe he read the pitch better because of his experience.”
Sarfraz has proved that he deserves to be the future captain of Pakistan in T20 format. When asked about it, he said, “I have not thought anything on those lines now because my focus was only on the PSL and now it will be in the Asia Cup. Eventually, time will tell what will happen in the future.”