[PSL] Quetta Gladiators Fans Thread

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Rossouw satisfied with security measures

    KARACHI: South African cricketer Rilee Rossouw is satisfied with the security arrangements made for the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) final leg which is being held here at the National Stadium.

    “I think the security is fantastic and top-notch,” Rossouw told reporters here during a practice session of the Quetta Gladiators at the National Stadium here on Tuesday.He said Pakistan’s cricket was very competitive. “I think Pakistan cricket has definitely improved during the last five or six years. It has been fantastic. It’s a very strong competition,” the left-handed batsman said.

    The 29-year-old Rossouw has represented South Africa in 36 One-day Internationals and 15 T20 Internationals.He said that Quetta Gladiators were ready for the playoff match against Peshawar Zalmi to be held here at the National Stadium on Wednesday (today).

    “The boys are prepared for the game. We have beaten them in the past and hopefully we will continue,” he said.He said that the wickets of the UAE and Karachi were quite similar and the latter had a short boundary. “The wickets are fairly similar. The boundary is a bit smaller in Karachi. I think it is a good batting wicket as we have seen in the last two games. The boys are hitting a lot of boundaries and big sixes. If bowlers hit good areas then they can get good results. I think it’s a good cricketing wicket,” said Rossouw, who has scored 245 runs in ten matches in the PSL-4, averaging 30.62, the highest being 67 not out.

  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Quetta’s Watson reflects on his batting, last over, atmosphere and match-winners

    Former Australia all-rounder and World Cup winner Shane Watson is an excited man, having guided his Quetta Gladiators to the final of the HBL Pakistan Super League he hopes the elusive title comes their way.

    Watson smashed a cracking 71 with five boundaries and half a dozen sixes off just 43 balls to steer his team to an imposing 186 for six before he defended 21 in the last over to give his team a 10-run win over arch-rivals Peshawar Zalmi in the Qualifier on Wednesday.

    “It is really exciting,” said Watson. “That was something you had wished before the start of the tournament, you always wanted to get through to the final and give yourself a chance of winning the title.”

    Quetta have been on the losing side in the final twice, losing to Islamabad United in 2016 and to Peshawar in 2017.

    Watson said the group of players were skillful and that made the final spot possible.

    “For me, it’s no surprise that we have been able to make it to the final because we have some match-winners in the team,” said Watson, who leads the run-chart with 423 runs in 11 matches.

    Umar Akmal (277), Rilee Rossouw (256 in 11 matches) and Ahmed Shehzad (253 in seven matches) are the other batsmen who are supporting the batting.

    Watson, who had not bowled since last year’s IPL in India, said the decision to bowl the last over came off well.

    “I think it was more Sarfaraz’s decision than mine,” said Watson of the last over. “I have not bowled for a few months. I had strained my calf and that was reason I was not bowling and concentrating on my batting towards the end of my career.

    “It worked up very well. You don’t have such nights when things go your way. Sohail Tanvir and Dwayne Bravo bowled well and it came down to me. It worked out well, but I am not sure that I will bowl another over again.”

    Watson admitted he was a bit confused at the start.

    “My strategy was what run-up I am gonna use. I had not marked up my run-up and I had a minute to warm up. The ball was reversing and that was my strength when I used to bowl normally. It just meant to be good for me,” said Watson who was hit for six by Kieron Pollard of the third ball before he bowled the West Indian next ball.

    Watson said it was incredible to play before a passionate Karachi crowd.

    “First of all, it’s incredibly special to be able to play in front of incredible atmosphere and fans. There is no question since I arrived in Karachi. The people are warm and welcoming, as I have experienced them whether they are in Australia or anywhere in the world.

    “To be able to play in this atmosphere and I would cherish the opportunity.”

    Watson said his confidence in batting is helping him, having notched fourth half-century this season.

    “The boundary hitting is what I have done throughout my career. I want to stay at my best, we are playing at some good pitches and things are going my way at the moment. When your confidence is high, things go your way.”

    Watson praised young fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain who took two wickets on Wednesday.

    “Hasnain is an incredibly skillful young man. The ability to bowl so fast and have the control that he has, is unheard of. I have not seen someone of his age bowl so fast,” said Watson of the 18-year-old Quetta pacer, who has also has been selected in the Pakistan team for the ODI series against Australia starting next week.

    “The control over his length and the swing is special. There is no doubt that the Aussie guys will have to work hard to work him out. He has got some good change of pace, so they have to be on their game.”

    Watson also backed team-mate Umar, also was recalled to Pakistan team after two years.

    “We have seen quite a bit of batting talent. Umar Akmal is one of the best and a skillful batsman, and some of the shots he has played are incredible. He is a match-winner and I am happy that he is back in the (Pakistan) team.

    “You don't have so many match-winners and when you have got a match-winner like Umar Akmal, you have to play him.

    “For me it was the most disappointing thing to see from afar is how someone’s fitness gets in the way of his skills. He can run between the wickets as long as he wants, he is a great fielder and can stand out in the heat and execute his skills, which are amazing and he can do it for long period of time.

    “It happened back in Australia as well, we have got too far caught up in the fitness side of things when cricket is a skill base game. It’s not so many people who have got world-class skills, so we need to make sure that the world-class players are playing international cricket and are not reliant on a fitness test or how far they can run.

    “For me that is absolutely ludicrous and if someone can execute his skills against the best then he has to be in the team.”

  3. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Gladiators spinner Fawad Ahmed to undergo gum surgery after nasty blow

    KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators spinner Fawad Ahmed will undergo a gum surgery, after he was smashed in the face by a returning straight drive from Imam-ul-Haq in the qualifier match against Peshawar Zalmi on Wednesday.

    Quetta Gladiators qualified for the final of the Pakistan Super League for the third time in four years after beating Peshawar Zalmi by 10 runs in front of a packed National Stadium crowd. Their victory, however, was somewhat marred by Fawad’s injury as he had to be taken to a hospital for treatment after losing his front tooth.

    The Pakistan-born Australian cricketer will be implanted with a new tooth, and is expected to recover in time for the final on March 17.

    “..Fawad is to undergo gum surgery around his front teeth. He lost his tooth last night (new tooth being implanted). @TeamQuetta is confident that he will play the final on March 17,” ESPNcricinfo’s Umar Farooq Kalson tweeted earlier today.

  4. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    2019 PSL Champions

    Quetta Gladiators!!!
  5. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    PSL champ Gladiators’ owner dedicates trophy to armed forces

    KARACHI: Overwhelmed by the huge success, Quetta Gladiators’ owner Nadeem Omar on Monday dedicated the Pakistan Super League (PSL) trophy to the armed forces of Pakistan.

    Two-time PSL runner-up Quetta Gladiator broke the jinx on Sunday night when they defeated star-studded Peshawar Zalmi to claim the prestigious title for the first time. The historic revival of international cricket in Pakistan was witnessed by a massive crowd at Karachi’s National Stadium which exceeded the 80,000 figure.

    Talking to a local media outlet, Omar joyously said that his team will celebrate the long-awaited victory with the people of Quetta while adding that he wants to “dedicate the trophy to Pakistan army without whose assistance, it [PSL] would not have been possible”.

    Omar, while revealing his plan, said that there will be a celebratory event in Quetta as well.

    “I have already talked to Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal regarding the arrangements,” he disclosed while adding that foreign players will not be able to make it as they would have departed by then.

    Omar further hoped that the success of Quetta Gladiators will usher a new era of sports in a province that still lacks basic facilities.

    He observed that houseful stadiums during the eliminators have proven the country’s love and passion for cricket. The champion team’s owner also praised former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi for his role which helped revive international cricket in Pakistan and stressed that “it should not be forgotten”.

  6. Mohammed Bilal

    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

    Jul 17, 2017
    Armed forces completely deserve the acknowledgement, great response in the skies from them.

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