Sarfaraz Steps Down: Quetta Gladiators in Search of a New Captain Ahead of PSL 9 2024
As The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is approaching in a few days, Quetta Gladiators find themselves in a significant leadership transition.
Seasoned wicket-keeper batter Sarfaraz Ahmed, who steered the team through highs and lows, has decided to quit his captaincy role, ending an era that saw Quetta clinching the PSL title in 2019.
The decision follows a challenging 2023 season for Quetta, where they finished at the bottom of the points table with only three wins out of 10 matches.
Quetta Gladiators owner, Nadeem Omer, confirmed Sarfaraz’s desire for a break from captaincy and revealed that the responsibility of selecting a new leader rests with the recently appointed head coach, Shane Watson, in consultation with the team management.
Potential candidates for the captaincy position include Rilee Rossouw and Saud Shakeel, according to insights from within the team.
As Quetta prepares for its opening match against Peshawar Zalmi on February 18 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, the anticipation for a fresh leadership approach adds a layer of intrigue to their PSL 2024 campaign.
Sarfaraz Ahmed’s legacy as a captain is noteworthy, leading Quetta to three finals and securing their only title in 2019.
His leadership and contributions have left an indelible mark on the team’s history despite a challenging previous season.
The decision to appoint a new captain marks a strategic shift for Quetta Gladiators and fans are eagerly awaiting the outcome of Shane Watson’s consultations with the team management.
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PSL 9 is set to unfold in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Rawalpindi, with six teams vying for supremacy. The finals are scheduled for March 18 at the National Bank Stadium in Karachi.
The tournament will follow a two-legged format, with the first part featuring matches in Multan Cricket Stadium and Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium from February 17 to 27.
Subsequently, Rawalpindi’s Pindi Cricket Stadium and Karachi’s National Bank Stadium will host 16 matches from February 28 to March 12.
The last four knockout matches will occur exclusively in Karachi, adding to the excitement as the PSL action unfolds across multiple cricketing venues.