Quetta Gladiators

Quetta Gladiators (Urdu: کوئٹہ گلیڈی ایٹرز) is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 cricket franchise that competes in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). They are the current champions of the 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).[2] The team's homeground is Bugti Stadium. The team is captained by Sarfraz Ahmed and coached by former Pakistani wicket-keeper Moin Khan while West Indian legend Viv Richards is team's mentor and batting coach and Azam Khan is team's manager.[3] Abdul Razzaq is team's assistant coach.[4]

Quetta Gladiators
کوئٹہ گلیڈی ایٹرز
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Nickname(s)
  • Shan-e-Pakistan
  • Purple Force
LeaguePakistan Super League
Personnel
CaptainPakistan Sarfraz Ahmed
CoachPakistan Moin Khan
OwnerNadeem Omar (Omar Associates)
Team information
CityQuetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
ColorsQuetta Gladiators team colors
Founded2015; 5 years ago (2015)
Home groundBugti Stadium[1]
History
PSL wins1 (2019)
Official websitewww.quettagladiators.com

T20 kit

The leading run-scorer of the team is Shane Watson[5] while the leading wicket-taker is Mohammad Nawaz.[6]

Franchise historyEdit

In December 2015, the Pakistan Cricket Board 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.[7][8]

2016 and 2017 seasons: Runners-UpEdit

 
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.[9] A defeat against Lahore Qalanders[10] 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[11] 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.[12]

Quetta finished 2nd in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) table behind Peshawar, winning six of their eight matches.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.

 
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.[16] Sangakara was taken by Karachi Kings while Grant Elliot joined the Lahore Qalandars.[17][16]

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.[18][19]

In their opening game of the 2017 season, Quetta Gladiators defended 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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22] In the following game, against Peshawar Zalmi, the match was abandoned after repeated showers and the two teams shared the points from the bout.[23] Continuing their campaign, the Gladiators successful chased down 201 against the Lahore Qalandars in what many pundits labeled as the match-of-the-season.[24][25] 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.[26]

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.[27] This win also effectively made the Gladaiotrs the first team to qualify for the play-offs.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30]

In the play-off, the Gladiators beat Peshawar Zalmi by 1 run in a thrilling contest. Batting first, the team posted a hefty 201-run target on the board. This was made possible by aggressive batting from Ahmed Shehzad 71(38) and Kevin Pietersen 40(22) which ensured that the Gladiators were going at a run rate of over 12 runs per over during the first half of the innings. In reply, the Zalmis responded in like and were favorites to win the match before a tight final over from Quetta spinner, Muhammad Nawaz, denied them the winning run. As a result of this match, the Gladiators became the first team to qualify for the final.[31]

In the final, the two teams met again, and Gladiators - the runners-up of the inaugural edition of the PSL, lost to Peshawar Zalmi by 58 runs. Batting first, the Zalmis were struggling at one point at 112 for 6 before Darren Sammy scored 33 runs in the last two overs, taking the team's total to a respectable 148. In reply, the Quetta batsmen never got going and lost wickets at regular intervals, ending up with a team score of just 90.[32] The Gladiator's chances in the final were hurt by the fact that the team's two highest run scorers in the season,[33] Kevin Pietersen and Rilee Rossouw, pulled out of the final in Lahore citing security concerns.[34]

2018 seasonEdit

In their opening game of the 2018 season, the Gladiators blemished their 100% success rate against Karachi Kings and lost to them for the first time - by 19 runs in the chase of 150.[35] But in the next match, the Gladiators rebounded with an emphatic 9-wicket-win over Lahore Qalandars. This was their biggest win in terms of wicket margin, as they chased down Qalandar's target of 120 runs in 14 overs.[36]

As the league stage shifted to Sharjah, the Gladiators beat Islamabad United by 6 wickets in the successful chase of a 135-run target. Kevin Pietersen anchored the innings with his contribution of 48 runs.[37] The following match, however, the team lost a thriller against rivals Peshawer Zalmi. Batting first, the Gladiators set a target of 143 in a batting display that was punctuated with starts and stops on a two-paced pitch. In reply, the Zalmis were on course for victory at 107-2 before losing three quick wickets to end up requiring 22 runs from the last two overs. At this point, an injured Darren Sammy single-handedly won the match for his team by striking 16 runs from 4 balls to finish the game with 2 balls to go.[38] The Gladiators were comprehensively beaten in the next game by Multan Sultans. Batting first, the team could only muster 102 runs on the board as they suffered a major batting collapse - losing their last 5 wickets for a solitary run. In reply, the Sultans chased down the target with 9 wickets to spare.[39]

As the tournament shifted back to Dubai, the Gladiators experienced a change in fortune. The team won by 2 wickets in a closely fought contest against Multan Sultans. Chasing a target of 153 runs, they lost wickets at regular intervals before cameos from the lower order ensured that the team won off a penultimate-ball six hit by Hasan Khan.[40] The Gladiators continued with their winning streak as they beat Karachi Kings and Peshawer Zalmi in the next two games. Against the Kings, the Gladiators set a target of 181 runs - their highest total of the season. It was built upon strong batting performances by Shane Watson, who scored 90*(58) - the highest individual score in this edition of the PSL - and Kevin Pietersen, who scored 52(34). In reply, the Kings suffered regular wicket losses that culminated in a 67-run loss.[41] Against, the Zalmis, Quetta chased down a target 158 runs in the final over with 6 wickets in hand. The chase was guided by an unbroken 74-run partnership between Rilee Rossouw and captain, Sarfraz Ahmad.[42]

2019 season: ChampionsEdit

Gladiators finished the group stage with second position by winning seven of their matches and losing three.[43] They then defeated Peshawar Zalmi in the qualifier by 10 runs.[44]

In the final in Karachi, Gladiators defeated Peshawar Zalmi by 8 wickets to win their first title. Gladiators' Mohammad Hasnain was awarded man of the match award.[45]

2020 seasonEdit

Team started their season with a win over Islamabad United by 3 wickets in the opening game of the season.[46] In their second match, team lost to Peshawar Zalmi by six wickets.[47] The team won their next two matches against Karachi Kings[48] and Islamabad United respectively,[49] both by five wickets. Quetta then went on a losing streak, facing defeat in their next four matches. Their ninth match was abandoned due to rain.[50] In their last match of the group stage, Quetta defeated Kings by 5 wickets,[51] equaling points with Peshawar Zalmi but failed to qualify for the play-offs for the first time in team's history, due to low run-rate. In the end, they finished on fifth position at league's table.[52]

Team identityEdit

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.[53] 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.

The team's chant is Kai Kai Quetta,[54] which is taken from the war cry, Kai Kai, coined by the Baloch Regiment during World War II. It literally translates to 'we are coming'.[55]

AnthemsEdit

Singer Faakhir Mehmood joined Faheem Allan Fakir to sing the theme song of the team; "Chaa Jaye Quetta" for the 2016 season.[53][56]

DJ Bravo also sang the song for Quetta Gladiators "We The Gladiators" for the 2019 season.

AmbassadorsEdit

In early 2017, Quetta chose pop singer Annie Khalid as their team ambassador.[57] Other notables joining Quetta in ambassadorial roles are Chaman-based footballer Kaleemullah and Quetta-based MMA fighter Ahmed Mujtaba [58] they were joined by Maya Ali and Faakhir Mehmood as team's brand ambassadors in 2018.[59][60] Only, Maya Ali continued her role in 2019.[61]

Before the start of the 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".[62]

SponsorsEdit

For the season 2016, Edenrobe and ACM Gold were the team's title sponsor and official partners respectively.[63] For the second season, Jubilee Insurance became Quetta's main title sponsor. Master Oil became team's Associate sponsor and Chocka and KHL were team's official partners. PTV Sports and Suno FM 89.4 were official media partners. While, Tapmad was team's official streaming partner.[64]

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
2018 Engro Olpers Engro Foods
2019
2020 Engro Master Oil KFC, Ignite, ﺟﻨﮓ

Current squadEdit

  • 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 Nat Birth date Category Batting style Bowling style Signed year
Notes
Batsmen
19 Ahmed Shehzad   (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 29) Diamond Right-handed leg break 2019
20 Jason Roy   (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 30) Platinum Right-handed Right-arm medium 2020 Overseas
42 Khurram Manzoor   (1986-06-10) 10 June 1986 (age 34) Silver Right-handed Right-arm off break 2020
93 Ahsan Ali   (1993-12-10) 10 December 1993 (age 26) Silver Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2019
96 Umar Akmal   (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 30) Gold Right-handed Right-arm off spin 2019 Unavailable
N/A Omair Yousuf   (1998-12-27) 27 December 1998 (age 21) Emerging Right-handed 2020
All-rounders
02 Aarish Ali Khan   (2000-12-20) 20 December 2000 (age 19) Emerging Right-handed Left-arm orthodox 2020
21 Mohammad Nawaz   (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 26) Platinum Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2020
31 Ben Cutting   (1987-01-30) 30 January 1987 (age 33) Diamond Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2020 Overseas
33 Shane Watson   (1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 39) Diamond Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2018 Overseas
48 Anwar Ali   (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 33) Gold Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2020 Replacement for Umar Akmal
84 Keemo Paul   (1998-02-21) 21 February 1998 (age 22) Silver Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2020 Overseas
Wicket-keepers
45 Azam Khan   (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 33) Emerging Left-handed 2019
54 Sarfaraz Ahmed   (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 33) Platinum Right-handed 2016 Captain
Bowlers
16 Naseem Shah   (2003-02-15) 15 February 2003 (age 17) Silver Right-handed Right-arm fast 2019
23 Abdul Nasir   (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 21) Silver Right-handed Right-arm Off break 2020
44 Zahid Mehmood   (1988-03-20) 20 March 1988 (age 32) Silver Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2020 Replacement for Naseem Shah
52 Fawad Ahmed   (1982-02-05) 5 February 1982 (age 38) Gold Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2020 Overseas
56 Tymal Mills   (1992-08-12) 12 August 1992 (age 28) Silver Right-handed Left-arm fast 2020 Overseas
87 Mohammad Hasnain   (2000-04-05) 5 April 2000 (age 20) Gold Right-handed Right-arm fast 2019
99 Sohail Khan   (1984-03-06) 6 March 1984 (age 36) Silver Right-handed Right-arm fast 2020

Management and coaching staffEdit

Nadeem Omar is the owner of the Quetta Gladiators.[65][66][67]

Name Position
  Nadeem Omar (Omar Associates) Owner
  Moin Khan Head coach & Director
  Viv Richards Batting coach & Mentor[3]
  Shane Watson Mentor
  Abdul Razzaq Bowling coach
  Julian Fountain Fielding Coach
  Harris Jalil Mir Chief Operating Officer
  Azam Khan Manager
  Usman Ghani Physiotherapist
  Rashid Qureshi Trainer
  Nabeel Hashmi Assistant Team Manager

CaptainsEdit

No. Nat. Player From To Mat Won Lost tie NR %
1   Sarfraz Ahmed 2016 present 52 30 21 0 1 58.82

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 15 March 2020

CoachesEdit

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

Result summaryEdit

Overall result in PSLEdit

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
2018 11 5 6 0 0 45.45 4/6 Play-offs
2019 12 9 3 0 0 75.00 1/6 Champions
2020 9 4 5 0 0 44.44 5/6 Group Stage
Total 52 30 21 1 0 58.82 - 1 Title
  • Tie+W and Tie+L indicates matches tied and then won or Lost in a tiebreaker such as a bowlout or one-over-eliminator ("Super Over")
  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 15 March 2020

Head-to-head recordEdit

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR SR%
Islamabad United 2016–present 11 7 4 0 0 63.33
Karachi Kings 2016–present 10 7 3 0 0 70.00
Lahore Qalandars 2016–present 10 5 5 0 0 50.00
Multan Sultans 2018–present 5 3 2 0 0 60.00
Peshawar Zalmi 2016–present 16 8 7 0 1 53.33

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 15 March 2020

StatisticsEdit

Most runsEdit

Nat. Player Span Matches Innings Runs Average HS 100 50
  Shane Watson 2018–present 30 30 930 34.44 91* 0 7
  Ahmed Shehzad 2016–2017; 2019–present 34 33 904 29.16 99 0 9
  Sarfraz Ahmed 2016–present 51 42 866 28.86 56* 0 3
  Rilee Rossouw 2017–2019 31 29 750 34.09 76* 0 3
  Kevin Pietersen 2016–2018 27 25 611 26.56 88* 0 4

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 7 March 2020

Most wicketsEdit

Nat. Player Span Matches Wickets Average Econ SR BBI 4w 5w
  Mohammad Nawaz 2016–present 51 49 24.89 7.10 21.0 4/13 1 0
  Mohammad Hasnain 2019–present 15 26 17.96 8.33 12.9 4/25 2 0
  Anwar Ali 2016–present 35 23 37.39 8.67 25.8 2/21 0 0
  Rahat Ali 2018 11 15 21.46 7.60 16.9 4/16 1 0
  Sohail Tanvir 2019 12 15 21.73 6.93 18.8 4/21 1 0

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last Updated: 7 March 2020

See alsoEdit

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