Quetta Gladiators

Last updated on 24 November 2017

Quetta Gladiators (Urdu/Balochi: کوئٹہ گلیڈی ایٹرز‎‎; Pashto: د کوېټې گليډئيټرز‎) is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 cricket franchise that competes in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team is nominally based in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, Pakistan. The franchise was established in 2015 as a result of the formation of the PSL by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and is owned by Omar Associates.[1] Team's Homeground is Bugti Stadium. The team is captained by Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and coached by former Pakistani wicketkeeper Moin Khan while West Indian legend Viv Richards is team's mentor and batting coach and Azam Khan is team's manager.[2] Abdul Razzaq is team's Assistant coach [3]

The leading run-scorer of the team is Ahmed Shehzad,[4] while the leading wicket-taker is Mohammad Nawaz.[5]

Quetta Gladiators
کوئٹہ گلیڈی ایٹرز
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Nickname(s) Shan-e-Pakistan
League Pakistan Super League
Personnel
Captain Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed
Coach Pakistan Moin Khan
Owner Nadeem Omer (Omer Associates)
Team information
City Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
Colors
Quetta Gladiators team colors
Founded 2015
Home ground Ayub National Stadium
Capacity 20,000
History
PSL wins 0
Official website: www.quettagladiators.com
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T20 kit

Franchise history

In December 2015 the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) unveiled the owners of all five city-based franchises for the inaugural season the Pakistan Super League. The Quetta franchise was sold to the Karachi-based company Omar Associates for US$11 Million.[6][7]

2016 and 2017 seasons : Runners-Up

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Grant Elliott took 11 wickets in six matches

Quetta began their 2016 campaign with comfortable wins over Islamabad United and Karachi Kings before edging past Peshawar Zalmi in a closely fought match.[8] A defeat against Lahore Qalanders[9] was followed by a big win over Islamabad in which New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott, who had just joined the team, proved instrumental in the win as he took 3 key wickets to restrict United to 117. The win took the team to the top of the table[10] and was followed by a victory against Karachi which saw the Gladiators confirmed as the first team to make the play-off stage of the 2016 season.[11]

Quetta finished 2nd in the PSL table behind Peshawar, winning six of their eight matches.[12] In the first qualifier match Quetta defeated Pershawar by one run, with the Gladiators scoring 133 thanks to a score of 53 by Kevin Pietersen and 37 by Kumar Sangakkara. In reply Peshawar scored 132 after taking the match to the last ball.[13] This win qualified Quetta for the final in which they lost to Islamabad by six wickets, posting a total of 174/7 with scores of 64 by Ahmed Shehzad and 55 by Sangakkara.[14]

Ahmed Shehzad finished as the team's leading run scorer with 290 runs, whilst Mohammad Nawaz took with 13 wickets to be the leading wicket-taker for the team.

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Rilee Rossouw scored 255 runs becoming the leading run-scorer for the team in 2017.

As for 2017 season, Kumar Sangakkara and Grant Elliott were released by Quetta just a few days before the PSL transfer window came to an end in September 2016.[15] Sangakara was taken by Karachi Kings while Grant Elliot joined the Lahore Qalandars.[16][15]

Quetta retained 10 players in advance of the 2017 Pakistan Super League players draft and signed eight during the draft. The signings including foreign players Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite, Tymal Mills, and David Willey. However, of these only Tymal Mills will be joining the team as the other players were unavailable. Mahmudullah Riad and Rilee Rossouw joined the team as a replacement for Mohammad Nabi and David Willey while Nathan McCullum and Thisara Perera replaced Rovman Powell and Carlos Brathwaite. A number of reasons have forced the changes, from injury to some players to others not getting no-objection certificates to scheduling clashes with international cricket.[17][18]

In their opening game of the 2017 season, Quetta Gladiators managed to defend a target of 137 against the Lahore Qalanders. The match was closely fought and went down to the penultimate over where the Gladiators won by 8 runs. Debutant Hasan Khan emerging player of Quetta was adjudged player-of-the-match for his all round performance of 2 important wickets and a quick-fire 16 runs at the end.[19] In the following match, Gladiators beat Karachi Kings by 7 wickets. After an initial stutter in pursuit of 160, that saw them at 30/3, Riley Roussow and Sarfaraz Ahmed combined in an unbeaten partnership of 130 for the fourth wicket to take the Gladiators home with 5 balls to spare. Rilee Rossouw was adjudged man-of-the-match for his unbeaten, match-winning knock of 76 off 53 balls.[20]

During the second leg of the tournament, in Sharjah, the Gladiators suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of defending champions, Islamabad United. After putting up a target of 149 in their 20-overs, that saw the Gladiators struggling to accelerate their innings, they lost by 5 wickets.[21] In the following game, against Peshawar Zalmi, the match was abandoned after repeated showers and the two teams shared the points from the bout.[22] Continuing their campaign, the Gladiators successful chased down 201 against the Lahore Qalandars in what many pundits labeled as the match-of-the-season.[23][24] Kevin Pieterson and Sarfaraz Ahmad were instrumental in the chase through a 101-run partnership. The former who was going through a lean patch in this PSL struck form and hit 88 from 42 balls - including 8 sixes, as the Gladiators plundered 78 runs from the last 3.5 overs to seal the match.[25]

As the tournament shifted back to Dubai, the Gladiators continued their winning streak by beating Karachi Kings by 6-wickets. The team's chase of 155 was commandeered by a 105-run opening partnership between Ahmad Shahzad 54(40) and Asad Shafiq 45(33) - the highest of this edition's PSL.[26] This win also effectively made the Gladaiotrs the first team to qualify for the play-offs.[27] Continuing on, the team lost both of their last two matches of the league stage - against Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi respectively. In the former, the Gladiators imploded in the chase of 166 despite a 2nd-wicket partnership of 133 between Kevin Pieterson 69(43) and Ahmad Shahzad 53(43). Requiring, seven runs from the last two overs, the team fell short by 1 run.[28] In the next match, the Gladiators could only manage a below-par score of 128 batting first. However, the team fielded and bowled quite well to have the chasing Zalmis reduce to 52-6 before Shahid Afridi took his team home with 2-wickets to spare.[29]

In the final, Gladiators - the runners-up of the inaugural edition of the PSL, lost to Peshawar Zalmi by 58 runs batting second. Zalmis left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar took 3 wickets for 16 runs. In the first innings, Rayad Emrit took 2 wickets in the 17th over, which left the score at 112 for 6 but Darren Sammy clubbed 33 runs in the last two overs taking the Zalmis total to 148.[30] [31]

2018 season

Team identity

The team name and the official logo were revealed on 6 January 2016 in Quetta during a ceremony held by team owner Nadeem Omar. The logo depicts a variant of the ancient Roman 'Galea' helmet, worn by gladiators during their fights. The helmet is flanked by two bats that are poised as gladiatorial swords.[32] The team's primary kit colours are Purple and Golden. The kit was revealed on 7 January 2016 in a launch ceremony held in Quetta.

Singer Faakhir Mehmood is the brand ambassador of team. He joined Faheem Allan Fakir to sing the theme song of the team; "Chaa Jaye Quetta".[33][34]

In early 2017, Quetta chose pop singer Annie Khalid as their team ambassador.[35] Other notables joining Quetta in ambassadorial roles are Chaman-based footballer Kaleemullah and Quetta-based MMA fighter Ahmed Mujtaba.[36]

For the season 2016, Edenrobe and ACM Gold were the team's title sponsor and official partners respectively.[37] For second season, Jubilee Insurance became Quetta's main title sponsor.Master Oil is Quetta's Associate sponsor and Chocka and KHL are team's official partners.PTV Sports and Suno FM 89.4 are official media partners.Tapmad is team's official streaming partner.[38] [39]

Ahead of 2017 season, team's official mascot was revealed making Quetta Gladiators the first team to officially introduce a mascot for the tournament.Mascot name is "Gladdy".[40]

Year Kit Manufacturer Front Branding Back Branding Chest Branding Sleeve Branding
2016 Edenrobe ACM Gold PTV Sports, Zong
2017 Jubilee Insurance Omar Associates Master Oil PTV Sports

Current squad

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

  •      denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
  •      denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.
No. Name Nationality Birth Date Batting Style Bowling Style Contract signed year
Salary
Notes
Batsmen
24 Kevin Pietersen England 27 June 1980 Right-hand Right-arm Off Break 2016 US$140,000 Overseas
27 Rilee Rossouw South Africa 9 October 1989 Left-hand Right-arm Off break 2017 US$70,000 Overseas
81 Asad Shafiq Pakistan 28 January 1986 Right-hand Right-arm Off break 2016 US$50,000
Saad Ali Pakistan 5 October 1994 Left-hand Right-arm Medium 2018 US$25,000
Rameez Raja Pakistan 31 July 1987 Right-hand Right-arm Off break 2018 US$25,000
Jason Roy England 21 July 1990 Right-hand Right-arm Medium 2018 Disclosed Amount Overseas
Saud Shakeel Pakistan 5 September 1995 Left-hand Left-arm orthodox 2018 US$10,000
All-rounders
20 Umar Amin Pakistan 16 October 1989 Left-hand Right-arm medium 2017 US$25,000
21 Mohammad Nawaz Pakistan 21 March 1994 Right-hand Slow Left Arm Orthodox 2016 US$50,000
26 Carlos Brathwaite Barbados 18 July 1988 Right-hand Right arm Fast medium 2018 US$70,000 Overseas
33 Shane Watson Australia 17 June 1981 Right-hand Right arm fast medium 2018 US$140,000 Overseas
30 Mahmudullah Bangladesh 4 February 1986 Right-hand Left-arm Off break 2017 US$70,000 Overseas
48 Anwar Ali Pakistan 25 November 1987 Right-hand Right arm Fast medium 2016 US$25,000
Wicket-keepers
54 Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan 22 May 1987 Right-hand 2016 US$140,000 Captain
Mohammad Azam Khan Pakistan unknown 2018 Disclosed Amount
Bowlers
17 Mir Hamza Pakistan 10 November 1992 Right-hand Left-arm Medium Fast 2017 US$25,000
16 Hasan Khan Pakistan 16 October 1998 Right-hand Slow left-arm Orthodox 2018 US$10,000
19 Rashid Khan Afghanistan 20 September 1998 Right-hand Right arm Leg-break 2018 Disclosed Amount

Overseas

Rahat Ali Pakistan 12 September 1988 Right-hand Left-arm Medium Fast 2018 US$50,000
Faraz Ahmed Pakistan 16 October 1984 Right-hand Slow left-arm orthodox 2018 Disclosed Amount

Management and coaching staff

Name Position
Nadeem Omar (Omar Associates) Owner
Pakistan Azam Khan Manager
Pakistan Moin Khan Head coach
Pakistan Abdul Razzaq Assistant coach
Antigua and Barbuda Viv Richards Batting coach & Mentor[2]
England Julien Fountain Fielding coach

Captains

No. Nat. Player From To Mat Won Lost tie NR %
1 Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed 2016 present 20 12 7 0 1 63.15

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 7 March 2017

Coaches

No. Nat. Name From To
1 Pakistan Moin Khan 2016 Present

Result summary

Year Pld Won Loss NR Tied SR(%) Position Summary
2016 10 7 3 0 0 70.00 2/5 Runners-up
2017 10 5 4 1 0 55.55 2/5 Runners-up
Total 20 12 7 1 0 63.15

Head-to-head record

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR SR%
Islamabad United 2016–present 5 2 3 0 0 40.00
Karachi Kings 2016–present 4 4 0 0 0 100.00
Lahore Qalandars 2016–present 4 3 1 0 0 75.00
Multan Sultans 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Peshawar Zalmi 2016–present 7 3 3 0 1 50.00

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 5 March 2017

See also

References

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