[PSL] Quetta Gladiators Fans Thread

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    PSL open opportunities for Quetta players

    The Pakistan Cricket Board is determined that Pakistan Super League (PSL) will improve domestic cricket, particularly outside of the historical breeding grounds of Lahore and Karachi and player of Quetta Gladiators Bismillah Khan believes those seeds have already been sown.

    "There are actually more payers from Quetta who if they perform well will get a chance to be a part of the Quetta team in the PSL.

    Nadeem Omar (owner of the franchise) has been working very hard and has a few academies planned, so there will be more hope for people from Quetta", Bismillah said.

    http://nation.com.pk/sports/25-Feb-2016/psl-open-opportunities-for-quetta-players
     
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    Backing Quetta again this year. But I think they were stronger last year. Should have kept Sanga & Elliot
     
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    KP can win them the cup.
     
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    From the article:

    However, it has sparked a controversy as Pont took to Twitter to express his frustration about not being told that he was replaced after a successful stint in the first edition.

    "I have just found out on social media, that I have been replaced as assistant and bowling coach for 2016 PSL runners-up, Quetta Gladiators," Pont wrote in a statement released on his Twitter account. "Naturally, I respect the franchise's decision to bring in someone else. That is their right.

    "I do find it highly unprofessional not to have seen contacted by anyone from Quetta Gladiators about this beforehand, and only to discover the fact from a tweet by Abdul Razzaq who has been roped in as my replacement.

    "Worse still, it is extremely late for me to approach another franchise in the PSL and had I been told what Quetta was planning, I could have at least had the chances to do so. The PSL is a really good competition and it was Shahid Afridi who personally advised me to go into it. I hope it goes from strength to strength".
     
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    Lol seriously ?

    Put yourself in Pont's shoes man. Guy lands himself a nice job, is getting a getting good pay and doing what he enjoys; and then one day finds out he's been fired with just 3 months to go to the tournament which means he can't approach any of the other franchises either.

    Yes it would have hurt to lose the job either way, but to find out through social media and not being able to approach any other franchise must be way more frustrating.
     
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    Ha ha. Actually i didnt know anything about Pont in the first place. So asked the question :D

    Yes this z unprofessional of Quetta.
     
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    Sorry Ian Pont you have unfortunately learned first hand how unprofessional Pakistani organisations are.

    It is extremely disrespectful to find this out over Twitter
     
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    Just tweeted PZ and JA to hire ponty and he liked the tweet. The waiting game begins. Harrassed them all last year for Mohammad Shahzad and Younus Khan
     
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    I have a soft spot for them. They don't have the best set of players, but Sarfraz knows their strengths and is able to get the best out of them.
     
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    Sarhi hui team.
    Lol anwar diamond ali.
    Iss ne waqayi kheltey hi rehna hai bhai.
     
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    Replacement players -

    Quetta Gladiators

    1. England’s Moeen Ali replaces West Indian Carlos Brathwaite

    2. New Zealand’s Nathan McCullum replaces England’s David Willey

    3. Sri Lankan Thisara Perera replaces West Indian Rovman Powell

    4. South African Rilee Rossouw replaces Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi
     
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    Quetta managed to rid themselves of Braithwaite and Moeen Ali (as much as i like the latter) and have now gained Hodge.

    Got lucky/escaped in the end by 'having' to get rid of the other 2 and gaining Hodge. Quetta batting strengthened further.
     
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    Moeen turns down PSL in favour of Mecca pilgrimage

    England all-rounder Moeen Ali has turned down a deal with Pakistan Super League outfit Quetta Gladiators due to a clash with his family’s pilgrimage to Mecca.

    Moeen, currently in India with England, was signed up by Quetta as a supplemental draft replacement for Carlos Brathwaite before being informed of the calendar clash.

    It is believed the England all-rounder held further discussions with the Gladiators before swiftly informing them of his preference to complete the pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest city.

    A devout Muslim, Moeen shared prayers with team-mate Adil Rashid and the Pakistan opposition when the two sides met in the UAE during the winter of 2015 and last summer in England.

    The Gladiators tweeted their support for Moeen and how they respected his decision following the news, to which Moeen responded saying he hoped to make the move in the future.

    @TEAMQUETTA @THEPSLT20 THANKS GUYS. INSHALLAH IN THE FUTURE SOMETIME. WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE TAKEN PART. ALL THE BEST IN THE COMPETITION.

    — MOEEN ALI (@MOEENALI) JANUARY 24, 2017


    Hodge, 42, played for Peshawar Zalmi in the tournament’s first edition.

    Elsewhere in the draft, held Monday night in Lahore for teams to pick replacements for players whose availability had changed, Lahore Qalandars brought in James Franklin, Jason Roy and Chris Green in place of Anton Devcich (injured), Shaun Tait (injured) and Dwayne Bravo (injured).

    There was change for Peshawar Zalmi also; Tillakaratne Dilshan, Marlon Samuels and Andre Fletcher brought in to replace Shakib Al Hasan (unavailable), Alex Hales (injured) and Mohammad Shahzad (unavailable).

    In other Gladiators movements, Nathan McCullum, Thisara Perera and Rilee Rossouw were brought in, David Willey, Rovman Powell and Mohammad Nabi (unavailable) making way.

    http://sport360.com/article/cricket...tta-gladiators-in-favour-of-mecca-pilgrimage/
     
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    Quetta Gladiators suffer another blow as Brad Hodge opts out of PSL

    KARACHI: Pakistan Super League team Quetta Gladiators suffered another blow on Saturday when Australian cricketer Brad Hodge decided to withdraw from the league due to serious family reasons.

    Hodge was picked by PSL as replacement of England’s Moeen Ali who also withdrew from the event, hours after being picked in place of West Indian Carlos Brathwaite.

    “This is unfortunate situation, but unavoidable family circumstances have forced 42-year-old T20 specialist Brad Hodge to not participate in the league,” said an official on condition of anonymity.

    “We understand the situation and have informed the team to pick a replacement,” the official added.

    A Quetta Gladiator source confirmed that the Brad Hodge is the latest to fall out from the league, adding that they’re in consultation for fresh replacement for the PSL which starts on February 9th.

    Although, the replacement has not been officially finalized, but Geo.tv understands that the absence will be covered by two players as Quetta is keen to have Afghanistan’s Muhammad Nabi on board for the period he is available to the team.

    They’re also in contact with Bangladeshi cricketer Mahmoodullah.

    “Replacement hasn’t been finalised and there is no official comment on it,” the official added.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/129078-Quetta-Gladiators-suffer-another-blow-as-Brad-Hodge-opts-out-of-PSL
     
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    Moin Khan speaking on Quettas chances...

    About Quetta Gladiators’ chances in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Moin said a fine combination had been formed. “We have got some fine players. A couple of foreign players pulled out and were replaced. I am satisfied with this team,” Moin said.

    He said that Quetta Gladiators’ mentor and former West Indian great Viv Richards was a great inspiration. “Viv is a humble person and he is a big inspiration for me. The inspiration was the main reason that our team performed so well in the last edition,” Moin remarked.

    When asked how the retired foreign players in the PSL could inspire Pakistani youngsters, Moin said: “I think these are the names which have left their imprints on the minds of the new generation because of their performances,” Moin said.

    Earlier, in his brief speech, Moin said that Quetta Gladiators would live up to the expectations in the PSL-II which begins in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next week.

    Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Umar said that his team had some glorious players. “England’s speedster Tymal Mills is a great fast bowler. We have Ahmed Shehzad and Anwar Ali who have performed really well in the National One-day events. We have a small team but our hearts are big and I hope our team will win the event,” Nadeem said.

    Quetta Gladiators formally signed Jubilee Insurance as their title sponsor. Nadeem and JI Managing Director Javed Ahmed signed the document.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/182930-Sarfraz-best-choice-to-lead-in-all-formats-Moin-Khan
     
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    Moin hopes Gladiators will win title this time

    KARACHI: Quetta Gladiators’ head coach Moin Khan on Sunday said that they would make all out effort to win the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) which will begin at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from February 9.

    “This time we have formed a good combination,” Moin told ‘The News’ from Jinnah International Airport here just minutes before flying for Dubai along with his players. “We have picked new players as well and if they played with fighting spirit we will win the tournament,” said the former Pakistan wicket-keeper.

    The previous edition underdogs had surprised everyone with their resilience under the leadership of Test stumper Sarfraz Ahmed but had failed to clear the last hurdle, falling in the final against Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United.

    They lost their foreign picks Moin Ali and former Australian all-rounder Brad Hodge, who pulled out due to personal reasons, and they had to pick their replacements from the already approved draft. Having a few terrific players like Kevin Pietersen, Nathan McCullum, England’s speedster Tymal Mills and in-form Ahmed Shehzad the outfit is expected to live up to the expectations.

    Skipper Sarfraz flew early Sunday morning through another flight. Lanky Test pacer Umar Gul and Mills had reached Dubai the other day.

    Moin said that it was a great decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold the PSL final at Lahore. “I think it’s a great initiative from the PCB. It should be appreciated. If held successfully it would enable the organisers to hold the next PSL in Pakistan as the people here want to see cricket,” the former Pakistan captain said.

    Since the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus at Lahore in March 2009, Pakistan has turned into a no-go area for foreign cricketing nations.

    Moin hoped that the PSL would give a few good players to Pakistan. “Definitely it will give the young lot confidence as they will share the dressing room with big stars. Sharjeel Khan last season played well in the PSL and he is in the Pakistan team now. And so is Mohammad Nawaz. Such events always help youngsters prepare for national duty,” Moin added. Gladiators will face Lahore Qalandars, who failed to impress in the last edition, in their opener on February 10.

    Qalandars will be led this time by Brendon McCullum, former New Zealand captain.

    On Monday (today) the trophy will be formally unveiled at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

    The five-team event will be played under double league system with the leading four sides qualifying for the play-offs. The top two teams will compete in the play-off-1 and the winners will qualify for the final. The third and fourth-placed sides will clash in the play-off-2 and the winners will then lock horns with the losers of play-off-1 and its winners will then qualify for the final.

    Moin lauded the format. “It’s very good because the teams which play well in the league round are given a life-line in the play-offs,” Moin said.

    Former West Indies captain Viv Richards will serve as the mentor of Quetta Gladiators.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/184295-Moin-hopes-Gladiators-will-win-title-this-time
     
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    Vivian Richards looking forward to PSL

    KARACHI: The gladiator of cricket, one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sir Vivian Richards is looking forward to the second edition of Pakistan’s prestigious T20 league, the Pakistan Super League.

    64-year-old Viv Richards has been retained by Quetta Gladiators for the second season after a superb show by the team in the inaugural season of PSL, where it ended as runner-up.

    In a special video message - shared with Geo.tv by the franchise – Viv Richards has expressed confidence that Gladiators will win the PSL title this time.

    “We lost the title last year, but we didn’t lose hope. We are coming back this year, to win the hearts again, and the title too,” Sir Viv Richards said in the video.

    “Look out for the gladiators, we are coming,” said the veteran of 121 Tests and 187 ODIs, chanting “Shaan-e-Pakistan” towards the end of the video.

    Former England Captain, Kevin Pietersen is also confident of a good show by Quetta Gladiators in the second season of Pakistan Super League, warning opponents that the team will strike back.

    “Gladiators are coming back, be ready because we will strike back,” said KP in the video message.

    The second edition of Pakistan Super League will commence from February 9th with Quetta opening its campaign with a match against Lahore Qalandars on Friday, February 10th.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/129742-Vivian-Richards-looking-forward-to-PSL
     
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    Quetta Gladiators dreaming big again this PSL

    KARACHI: They started as under-dogs in the last season, many didn’t have any high hopes from them before the tournament commenced, but Quetta Gladiators – led by Sarfaraz Ahmed – turned the tables as soon the tournament started and surprised everyone with their performance in the inaugural edition of Pakistan Super League by ending up the tournament as runner-ups.

    The performance by Quetta Gladiators also provided people of a comparatively under-privileged and terror hit city something to cheer about and the team received support from the locals as well.

    Nadeem Omar, the owner of the franchise is once again ready for the show and is confident of lifting the trophy this time, despite the fact that Quetta will be without some of its top picks from last season.

    “We suffered some hiccups as some players who were with us in the previous season aren’t available this season and some dropped out due to various reason,” said Nadeem Omar while talking to geo.tv

    “But the best thing about us is that our core team is still intact and I am very confident that this time we’ll lift the PSL trophy in Lahore,” he said.

    Omar, who’s a well-known Cricket enthusiast and entrepreneur, said that all the five PSL teams are very strong this time and no one can say which two teams will be playing the final.

    “It is about performing on the given day, if you are able to perform on the match day, then you’ll be on the top. I am confident that the Gladiators will be able to deliver what everyone is expecting from them,” he said.

    Omar agreed that Quetta wasn’t considered a contender ahead of the last season, but insisted that he never thought that he was starting the tournament as underdogs. Nevertheless, Nadeem said that this time no one will do the mistake of taking the Gladiators lightly.

    “Quetta Gladiators was not taken seriously by many last time, but we went against all odds. Now every team will take us seriously,”

    He further insisted that he is not very supportive of the idea of having showbiz celebrities around when team is playing Cricket, as to him the only thing matter is the performance on the ground.

    “Celebrities are okay for off the field activities, but people would support them for your performance, not for what celebrities you have with you in the box. Even then, we have the biggest celebrity of Cricketing world – Viv Richards – with us,” he said.

    “It is all about strategy and we have best strategists, all teams are competitive and I am hoping for exciting cricket in the tournament,” Omar said.

    The Quetta owner also backed the idea of naming Sarfaraz Ahmed – the captain of Quetta Gladiators – as captain of Pakistan Cricket team, saying that the wicket-keeper batsman is the born leader.

    “Sarfaraz led very well. It was also greatness of all the top players like KP and Sangakkara that they agreed to be led by Sarfaraz. I always believe that he (Sarfaraz) is also a born leader,” he said.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/129937-Quetta-Gladiators-dreaming-big-again-this-PSL
     
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    Kaleemullah joins Quetta Gladiators in ambassadorial role

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan football team captain Kaleemullah has been appointed as the ambassador for the Quetta Gladiators for this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), the Quetta outfit announced on Monday.

    The Tulsa Roughnecks FC striker joins mixed martial artist Ahmed Mujtaba as the ambassador for Sarfraz Ahmed’s men for this season, while he will join the team in Dubai on February 11.

    Kaleemullah hopes his partnership with the PSL franchise will help grow the sport of football and ensure it reaches a wider audience as cricket is the most popular sport in the country.

    “This partnership is a great way to promote football,” the 23-year-old told The Express Tribune. “Most people in Pakistan are not interested in watching football but I think that this role with the Gladiators will certainly help draw attention to the sport. Cricket is Pakistan’s biggest sport, there is no denying that and PSL is the biggest event. I hope this an help grow the sport of football.”

    Kaleemullah added that popular sports can help the smaller, less popular sports in a great way, while the achievers should get a chance to be a part of big events in the capacity of being ambassadors for the PSL teams.


    “This happens everywhere in the world,” said Kaleemullah. “Sports, which are not so popular in the country, would benefit from the popularity of the PSL. It happened in India and other countries too; star power helps and cricket is one medium that can help football.”

    He further added, “It isn’t like cricketers don’t like football, they also play it. They follow international football and every cricketer appreciates football. They know about international players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and they follow the foreign leagues too. So I feel this is a great way to spend time with cricketers as well, and we all Pakistanis love cricket including me.”

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1318582/kaleemullah-joins-quetta-gladiators-ambassadorial-role/
     
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    Sarfraz reveals ‘secret weapon’ ahead of PSL 2017

    DUBAI: Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfraz Ahmed on Monday hailed the signings for this year’s Pakistan Super League, saying that in Tymal Mills, they have the fastest bowler of the tournament.

    Talking to Geo News, he said that they have four days to gel before the start of the tournament, featuring five different teams from Pakistan.

    “We have a balanced side with some really quality players. In Tymal Mills, we have the fastest bowler of the tournament. In Rilee Rossouw, we have a good middle-order batsman”, Sarfraz said.

    Appreciating PSL 2017’s trophy, he said that it is more attractive than the last one. “When I looked at it, I wished to win it. We’ll do our best to lift it”, he added.

    To a question, Gladiators captain said that they were focusing on all team and don’t consider any particular team a threat.




    https://www.geo.tv/latest/130164-Sarfraz-reveals-secret-weapon-ahead-of-PSL-2017
     
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    The unique charm of the Quetta Gladiators

    The first week of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) came to a rollicking end as Lahore Qalandars finally turned on the style to end Quetta Gladiators' unbeaten run in the tournament on Monday.

    But on evidence of the eight non-stop matches so far, it is clear the Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi are the two sides to beat in the PSL.

    The charge of the Gladiators has been particularly refreshing considering how Karachi Kings, Islamabad United and Peshawar had dominated the pre-tournament headlines.

    There are several factors why the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Gladiators have captured the imagination.

    'King Richards: What more could you ask for?

    With Sir Vivian Richards on their side, it does not come as a surprise that Quetta has punched above its weight. Fit as ever, the West Indian great is no doubt an inspiration to those sharing the dug out with him.

    But what's more fascinating is the way opposition camps have reacted to his presence. It's almost like all the players in the league want to impress him.

    It was interesting to note what commentator Ramiz Raja revealed during one of Quetta's matches. According to Raja, Imran Khan especially invited 'The King' to the Pakistan dressing room to have a chat with boys before their crucial 1992 World Cup match against Australia.

    His brief speech set Pakistan on course, Raja said.

    Kevin Pietersen: The captain's captain

    The on-field interactions between Sarfraz and KP have been a treat to watch. On many occasions Pietersen has directed traffic and it's great to see the pariah of England cricket play such an important role on the cricket field.

    He has appeared the most motivated out of all the imports in the PSL and it wouldn't be a surprise if KP is officially handed the reigns in the next season.





    Mohammad Nawaz: Not just a bowler

    Nawaz may be the highest wicket-taker of the PSL with 8 scalps in four games, but it is his sound technique with the bat which is cause for real celebration.

    In Nawaz, Pakistan may have a genuine all-rounder who is 'proper' in all aspects of his game.

    What's more he's a left-handed batsman who is aesthetically pleasing and can hit the big shots as well.

    Pakistan haven't had that for a long, long time now.





    Sarfraz Ahmed: Throwback to Miandad

    In the mountainous chase of 195 against Lahore, Quetta lost Ahmed Shehzad, Luke Wright and Kevin Pietersen inside the powerplay. Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz then combined in a 74-run partnership, 20 of which came off Hammad Azam's bowling.

    The highlight of the 41-ball stand was, however, Sarfraz's improvisations and daredevil running between the wickets.

    Commentator Alan Wilkins was forced to concede that Sarfraz had brought back memories of the great Javed Miandad with his street smarts.

    The 28-year-old is giving the national selectors a serious tap for when captain Shahid Afridi walks away from the T20 game.

    The unique charm of Nabi and Chigumbura

    Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi and Zimbabwe's Elton Chigumbura may not be the most well-known names in international cricket but Quetta has ensured they haven't picked players for star value,

    Nabi and Chigumbura are the backbone of their national sides and appear to be gelling fast into a Quetta side which is less flash and more hard work.

    “If the two or three things Pietersen said, two or three things Viv Richards told me, if I can take those to the youngsters and share them, it would only help Afghanistan cricket,” Nabi said in an interview with Cricinfo last week.

    It sums up precisely why the PSL can actually be a meaningful league unlike the slam-bang affairs that T20 tournaments have become. It also makes Quetta the team to follow in the tournament.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1238404/psl-the-unique-charm-of-the-quetta-gladiators
     
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    Quetta Gladiators

    With a shrewd coach in Moin Khan and a lively skipper in Sarfraz Ahmed, Quetta Gladiators surprised everyone with their runner-up finish in the first PSL. With Sarfraz tipped to take over as Pakistan captain in all three formats, a win in the PSL will also boost Moin’s claims to become the national team’ coach in future. Their best pick was Viv Richards, the West Indian master blaster whose presence in the dugout as mentor not only motivated the players but also helped the team support staff when in need of advice.

    Kevin Pietersen, the England discard who is widely popular in Twenty20 leagues around the world, not only anchored the batting but also helped Sarfraz in field settings and planning. Ahmed Shahzad and Luke Wright ensure a fast and sound start while the middle order comprises Asad Shafiq, Mahmudullah, Anwar Ali and Thisara Perera. Rilee Rossouw, the South African batsman, is the new addition and can be handy when the tempo needs a lift in the final overs. Mohammad Nawaz was one of their star perforners as an allrounder whose PSL show earned him a Pakistan call.

    Tymal Mills from England, and fellow Twenty20 specialists Umar Gul, Mir Hamza and Noor Wali lead the pace attack while the veteran Zulfiqar Babar, Nawaz and Saad Nasim will share spin duties.

    Player to watch: Tymal Mills
    “Watch out for Mills,” thundered Sarfraz. Mills has the uncanny ability to shift from fast to slow with the same action and Quetta will be looking to him for crucial early wickets.

    http://www.wisdenindia.com/cricket-article/misbahs-form-key-to-islamabad-encore/240289
     
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    WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?

    Quetta will have felt hard done by in losing out in last year’s final, having finished second only on net run-rate to Peshawar Zalmi in the group stage.

    They then secured a thrilling one-run win in the first qualifying final to secure their place in the final proper but were found wanting as Islamabad ruthlessly romped to victory.

    Ahmed Shehzad and Kevin Pietersen were the stars with the bat last year, while spin duo Mohammad Nawaz and Grant Elliot led the way with the ball.

    Bismillah Khan was the local hero, the Quetta native’s fifty in the final group game a major fillip for both the franchise and the tournament.

    WHAT IS NEW THIS YEAR?

    First of all, the team has been streamlined with the squad now consisting of 19 players rather than 23 and Elliott was not called back for a second year despite taking 11 wickets in 2016, the fifth highest in the tournament.

    Freshly kolpaked Rilee Roussouw and rapid England seamer Tymal Mills are the new overseas picks, with Kumar Sangakkara, Elton Chigumbura, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi and Jade Dernbach all binned.

    Pietersen returns as overseas, as does fellow Englishman Luke Wright, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera and New Zealander Nathan McCullum.

    Umar Amin joins from Islamabad United, while Mir Hamza has jumped ship from Karachi and Hasan Khan and Noor Wali make their PSL debuts.

    HOW WILL THEY DO?

    There is plenty of firepower in this team, both with bat and ball, but their big challenge will be to keep their key players fit.

    If they can do that then there is no reason why they can’t repeat last year’s efforts in reaching the final and even go one better but, for us, they’ll fall short in the third qualifying final.

    SQUAD LIST

    Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed (wk)

    Batsmen: Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Saad Nasim

    All-rounders: Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali

    Bowlers: Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, Mir Hamza, Hasan Khan, Noor Wali

    Overseas: Kevin Pietersen (England), Rilee Roussouw (South Africa), Luke Wright (England), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Nathan McCullum (New Zealand), Tymal Mills (England)

    http://sport360.com/video/pakistan_...quad-list-prediction-and-franchises-new-faces
     
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    Quetta Gladiators look to replicate last season's form

    Inaugural season results

    Quetta Gladiators were the form team of the group stages last year, demonstrating what could be achieved with savvy recruitment as opposed to throwing money at the big names. After six wins in their eight group-stage games, they eked out a thrilling one-runvictory against Peshawar to qualify for the final. That was as good as it got, the Gladiators finding themselves outplayed by an Islamabad side which was flying by that stage, ending a dynamic first season somewhat meekly.

    Team assessment

    Of the five franchises in the format last year, Quetta Gladiators had, by far, the lowest profile. However, their 2016 results mean they won't be flying under anyone's radar this time around. They are led by Sarfraz Ahmed, who looks like the clear favourite to take over Pakistan's limited-overs captaincy, and whose chances were certainly done no harm by his ability to make an unassuming Quetta side click last season.

    Quetta have retained their biggest foreign stars Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright, as well as a large number of local players who exceeded expectations 12 months ago. But a number of new players have been drafted in, including Sri Lankan allrounder Thisara Perera, South Africa's Rilee Rossouw, and Bangladesh's Mahmudullah Riyad.

    Exciting English quick Tymal Mills, who can comfortably exceed speeds of 90mph in addition to possessing a devilishly disguised slower ball, has also been brought in. With Umar Gul well past his prime and David Willey replaced by Nathan McCullum, proven fast bowling resources are scant for Quetta, meaning Mills is almost guaranteed a starting berth.

    Opener Ahmed Shehzad is another concern for the team from Balochistan. When recruited last year, he was one of Pakistan's most valuable limited-overs players, and ended up being the fourth highest run-scorer of the tournament. But his stock has fallen sharply since. He has lost his place in the national team, having played almost no international cricket since last year's PSL. Should he struggle this time around, it could put a lot of pressure on the likes of Mohammad Nawaz and Anwar Ali, last year's brightest local boys, to simply pick up where they left off last February.





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    Key foreign player

    It would be neither informative nor original to say Kevin Pietersen's performance will be important to Quetta Gladiators' success this tournament, but his countryman Tymal Mills' T20 performances have also begun to catch the eye. In the recently concluded Super Smash, a T20 competition in New Zealand, Mills was among the top ten wicket-takers, and, at 6.61 per over, had the best economy rate of anyone who bowled more than 16 overs. After a pair of impressive games for Brisbane Heat during the Big Bash, he was called up by England for the T20 series against India. He mixes express pace with cunning slower deliveries, making him a useful asset at both top and tail of an innings. With the Gladiators looking rather thin in the fast bowling department, Mills could quickly establish himself as leader of the pace attack.

    Under the radar local lad

    Not much is known about 18-year old slow left arm bowler Hasan Khan, and the numbers aren't particularly impressive. But ask Quetta Gladiators head coach Moin Khan which player fans should watch out for, the response is immediate: Hasan Khan. He's an Under-19 Pakistan international who Moin thinks has potential to go all the way. On paper, his brand of cricket - left-arm spin bowling - is well suited to the slow wickets of Sharjah and Dubai. Just ask his teammate Mohammad Nawaz.

    Availability

    Carlos Brathwaite and Rovman Powell of the West Indies will miss the tournament, after the WICB made it mandatory for players seeking national selection to play in the Reigional Super 50, the domestic one-day cup. Moeen Ali was initially drafted, but he withdrew to undertake the Umrah pilgrimage, so Mahmudullah Riyad and Thisara Perera have been called up to replace the West Indian duo. International commitments mean Mohammad Nabi misses out, replaced by Rilee Rossouw. In addition, David Willey was dropped in favour of Black Caps allrounder Nathan McCullum.

    Coaches and Staff

    Moin Khan (head coach), Sir Vivian Richards (batting coach/mentor), Abdul Razzaq (bowling coach), Julien Fountain (fielding coach)

    Quetta Gladiators squad

    Sarfraz Ahmed (c, wk), Kevin Pietersen, Ahmed Shehzad, Luke Wright, Anwar Ali, Tymal Mills, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Nawaz, Rilee Rossouw, Mahmudullah, Asad Shafiq, Saad Nasim, Umer Amin, Hassaan Khan, Noor Ali. Supplementary players: Nathan McCullum, Thisara Perera, Bismillah Khan, Mir Hamza

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/1080886.html
     
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    Quetta Gladiators partner with Well.pk and Tapmad TV


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    As the Quetta Gladiators are gearing up to embark on the second season of Pakistan Super League (PSL), the franchise has something interesting to woo and wow their fans with. For the distribution of its merchandise and live streaming of its matches, the team has officially partnered with the fastest growing online store, Well.pk and the latest Live TV in HD, TapMad TV respectively.

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    This association simply denotes that gladiator fans are no longer needed to wander in the market or scour the internet to pick up merchandise of their favourite team. Also, with seamless live-streaming of all the matches of Quetta Gladiators at one place, fans can easily stay updated and enjoy enthralling performances of the team.

    How it works:

    Tapmad will be streaming Quetta Gladiators matches Live in HD on all devices, including mobile-phones. Anytime, anywhere, any device, Tapmad is an app made for “Pakistanis by Pakistanis”.

    To sell QG merchandise, Well.pk plans to launch a dedicated page for the franchise that will exclusively stock the merchandise including t-shirts, bats, key chains and other accessories with the team’s logo on it. Tapmad is also powering QGTV, the new Quetta Gladiators TV channel on www.quettagladiators.com.

    To make things more exciting, the franchise also offers the chance to buy items right off of the screen. This means, while fans are live-streaming the Quetta Gladiators matches via TapMad, and they want to shop for attire or merchandise worn by the player-in-action, they can easily do so by clicking on the ad and confirming the order right there and then. When a player takes a wicket or hits a boundary, an ad will pop up on the screen with an order form to Well.pk and they will be able to shop the complete range of merchandise. This ‘see now, buy now’ experience is definitely going to be a one of a kind feature exclusively available for Quetta Gladiators’ fans that only became possible with this collaboration.

    PSL is the most sought-after sporting event in Pakistan and has a huge fan following across all age groups. With the whole nation drenched in the fervour and enthusiasm of this cricketing event, this is indeed a great way for the Quetta Gladiators to carve out an impressive image and render convenience to their fans.

    “We are very proud to be associated with one of the five largest sports franchises in Pakistan. This is another step in our commitment to cricket in Pakistan, we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership”, said Yassir Pasha, CEO of Tapmad.

    PSL begins on February 09, with Peshawar Zalmi facing Islamabad United; whereas the Quetta Gladiators will play their first match on February 10 against the Lahore Qalandars.


    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1319547/quetta-gladiators-partners-well-pk-tapmad-tv/
     
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    Quetta Gladiators' jersey for PSL 2017 unveiled

    DUBAI: The PSL team Quetta Gladiators on Wednesday unveiled their new kit and the new mascot "the gladiator" ahead of the second edition of Pakistan Super League.

    The colourful ceremony to unveil the logo and mascot was held at a boat which sailed from Dubai Marina on Wednesday evening.

    The new kit has carried the same colour scheme, but the slight changes in design have been introduced to bring the flavour of new edition.

    "The main difference between the old and new kit, other than the slight design, is change of logos on shirt as we have some new brands associated with us in the second edition after the successful campaign in the first edition of the league," said Sohail Omar, an official of Quetta Gladiators' franchise.

    Earlier, the owner of the franchise, Nadeem Omar unveiled the new shirt along with team mentor Sir Vivian Richards, team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, team coach Moin Khan and senior player Kevin Pietersen. Later, the players were presented with the new shirts.

    Nadeem Omar praised the team effort and hoped that the team will continue with the same momentum in the second edition which it showed in the first PSL.

    "We are the best team in the Pakistan Super League and capable of beating any side," a confidence Omar told the gathering.

    Omar hailed team's performance in the first edition of League saying that the performance helped Quetta re-emerge on the global Cricketing map.

    Team's official mascot was also revealed on this occasion making Quetta Gladiators the first time to officially introduce a mascot for the tournament.

    "Our logo, the Gladiator, not only represent our team's approach, but it also reflects the Baloch culture, of which Quetta Gladiators is a representative," said Sohail Omar.

    The new kit has also excited team players, team captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that the colour theme is very attractive.

    "The kit looks good on us, it is very catchy colour combination," Sarfraz said.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/130435-Quetta-Gladiators-jersey-for-PSL-2017-unveiled
     
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    Sarfraz’s energetic captaincy key to Quetta Gladiators’ success: Viv Richards

    DUBAI: Quetta Gladiators’ mentor and batting legend Sir Vivian Richards believes Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy has been vital to the team’s success and will play a key role in this PSL as well.

    In an exclusive interview to Geo.TV, the cricket great said he was looking forward to the upcoming edition of PSL and expressed hope the team will be able to go all the way this time, buoyed by their young captain.

    “I like Sarfraz as a captain. He is very innovative and energetic and brings fresh energy to the team. I believe that will be vital for us.

    “Just look how successful he has been for the Pakistan team. We will play even better this time,” he said.

    When asked about how he likes being with the team as their mentor, Sir Richards said it is the comradeship in the Gladiators house which attracted him to the team in the first place.

    “The team bonding is just great. We are all like a family,” he said.

    Sir Richards added that the team had worked on last year’s shortcomings and was looking to bag the title this time.

    “We came very close to winning the championship last year. But we lost to a very good team. This time we could win, Insha’Allah!” he added with a chuckle.

    Quetta Gladiators will play their first match of PSL 2017 against Lahore Qalandars on Friday, February 10.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/130402-Sa...key-to-Quetta-Gladiators-success-Viv-Richards
     
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    Backing Quetta again this year. Can't wait to see KP and Viv in action
     
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    Their bowling is srsly bad though.
     
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    Yeah. We should have retained Elliot. He was awesome last year. Hope Nathan McCullum will make up for it.
     
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    Yep, Elliot was good. So was Cheema; poor to discard them.
     

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