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Quetta Gladiators remove Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain

Quetta Gladiators remove Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain

The Quetta Gladiators camp has been hit by a bombshell announcement with the news that Sarfaraz Ahmed will not be leading the team in the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine. The decision, confirmed by owner Nadeem Omer, sees Sarfaraz stepping down from captaincy and requesting a break from the leadership role.

“Sarfaraz wants to take a break from captaincy with new head coach Shane Watson set to decide who will lead the side after consulting with the team management,”

This surprise development throws open the captaincy race within the Gladiators’ ranks. Newly appointed head coach Shane Watson, fresh off his Big Bash League stint with the Chennai Super Kings, will take the reins in finding Sarfaraz’s replacement. Rilee Rossouw, the South African left-hander, and promising Pakistani batsman Saud Shakeel are considered frontrunners to take over the mantle. An official announcement regarding the new captain is expected soon.

Despite the captaincy change, Sarfaraz’s contributions to the Gladiators cannot be forgotten. He led the team to three PSL finals under his leadership, culminating in a thrilling championship victory in 2019. While his departure as captain is unexpected, it opens up new avenues for both Sarfaraz and the Gladiators.

Nadeem Omer, the team’s owner, welcomed the return of former Gladiators head coach Shane Watson and expressed his desire to bring back Kevin Pietersen in some capacity. This suggests a strong focus on experience and proven leadership within the Gladiators camp.

“The old family of Quetta Gladiators has started coming together again. Pietersen should also come with Quetta Gladiators in some role,”

The Gladiators boast a formidable squad for PSL 9, featuring international stars like Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Jason Roy, Wanindu Hasaranga, Sarfaraz Ahmed (as a player), and Mohammad Amir. With the tournament set to unfold across four vibrant venues – Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi, promises to be a spectacle not to be missed.

The tournament kicks off on February 17th and culminates with the final on March 18th at the National Bank Stadium in Karachi. The action is divided into two legs, with Karachi and Lahore hosting the initial matches from February 17th to 27th. The next leg shifts to Rawalpindi and Karachi until March 12th, with the thrilling playoffs and final exclusively held in Karachi.

With a new captain yet to be announced and the likes of Shane Watson and potentially Kevin Pietersen returning, the Quetta Gladiators find themselves at the center of attention. Whether this shake-up proves to be a strategic masterstroke or a gamble remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, PSL 9 promises to be an exciting one for the Gladiators and their passionate fans!

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