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Quetta Gladiators
کوئٹہ گلیڈی ایٹرز
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Chuke Balocha
League Pakistan Super League
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; 3 years ago (2015)
Home ground Bugti Stadium
Capacity 20,000
PSL wins 0
Official website: www.quettagladiators.com
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T20I kit

Quetta Gladiators (Urdu/Balochi: کوئٹہ گلیڈی ایٹرز‎; Pashto: د کوېټې گليډئيټرز‎) is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 cricket franchise that competes in 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 PCB.[1] Team's Homeground is Bugti Stadium. The team is captained by Pakistani skipper 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.[2] Abdul Razzaq is team's Assistant coach [3]

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

Franchise history[edit]

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[edit]

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 Pakistan Super League (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.

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 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.[30]

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.[31] The Gladiator's chances in the final were hurt by the fact that the team's two highest run scorers in the season[32], Kevin Pietersen and Rilee Rossouw, pulled out of the final in Lahore citing security concerns.[33]

2018 season[edit]

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.[34] 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.[35]

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.[36] 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.[37] 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.[38]

As the tournament shifted back to Dubai, the Gladiators experienced a change in fortune. The team managed to win 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.[39] 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.[40] 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.[41]

Team identity[edit]

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.[42] 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 joined Faheem Allan Fakir to sing the theme song of the team; "Chaa Jaye Quetta" for 2016 season.[43][44]

In early 2017, Quetta chose pop singer Annie Khalid as their team ambassador.[45] Other notables joining Quetta in ambassadorial roles are Chaman-based footballer Kaleemullah and Quetta-based MMA fighter Ahmed Mujtaba [46] they were joined by Maya Ali and Faakhir Mehmood as team's brand ambassadors in 2018. [47][48]

For the season 2016, Edenrobe and ACM Gold were the team's title sponsor and official partners respectively.[49] 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.[50] [51]

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".[52]

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

Current squad[edit]

Quetta Gladiators
No. Name Nat. Birth date Bat Bowl Contract signed year Salary Notes
5 Saud Shakeel Pakistan (1995-09-05) 5 September 1995 (age 22) L L orthodox 2018 10,000
8 Saad Ali Pakistan (1994-10-05) 5 October 1994 (age 23) L R medium 2018 25,000
9 Rameez Raja Pakistan (1987-07-31) 31 July 1987 (age 30) R R off break 2018 25,000
10 Rilee Rossouw South Africa (1989-10-09) 9 October 1989 (age 28) L R off break 2018 70,000 Overseas
20 Jason Roy England (1990-07-21) 21 July 1990 (age 27) R R medium 2018 70,567 Overseas
24 Kevin Pietersen England (1980-06-27) 27 June 1980 (age 38) R R off break 2018 140,000 Overseas
32 Tom Kohler-Cadmore England (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 23) R R off spin 2018 34,45 Replacement signing; Overseas
81 Asad Shafiq Pakistan (1986-01-28) 28 January 1986 (age 32) R R off break 2018 50,000
1 John Hastings Australia (1985-11-04) 4 November 1985 (age 32) R R fast medium 2018 23,48 Overseas
21 Mohammad Nawaz Pakistan (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 24) R slow L orthodox 2018 50,000
22 Jofra Archer West Indies Cricket Board (1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 (age 23) R R fast medium 2018 13.34 Overseas
26 Carlos Brathwaite West Indies Cricket Board (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 29) R R fast medium 2018 70,000 Overseas
30 Mahmudullah Bangladesh (1986-02-04) 4 February 1986 (age 32) R R off spin 2018 70,000 Overseas
33 Shane Watson Australia (1981-06-17) 17 June 1981 (age 37) R R fast medium 2018 140,000 Overseas
48 Anwar Ali Pakistan (1987-11-25) 25 November 1987 (age 30) R R fast medium 2018 25,000
84 Umar Amin Pakistan (1989-10-16) 16 October 1989 (age 28) L R medium 2018 25,000
45 Azam Khan Pakistan (1998-08-10) 10 August 1998 (age 19) L 2018 24.34
54 Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 31) R 2018 140,000
4 Faraz Ahmed Pakistan (1984-10-16) 16 October 1984 (age 33) R Slow L orthodox 2018 captain
16 Hasan Khan Pakistan (1998-10-16) 16 October 1998 (age 19) R slow L orthodox 2018 10,000
19 Rashid Khan Afghanistan (1998-09-20) 20 September 1998 (age 19) R R leg-break 2018 24.109 Overseas
55 Ben Laughlin Australia (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 35) R R fast medium 2018 34.46 Overseas
66 Mir Hamza Pakistan (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 25) R L medium fast 2018 25,000
90 Rahat Ali Pakistan (1988-09-12) 12 September 1988 (age 29) R L medium fast 2018 50,000
100 Chris Green Australia (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 24) R R off break 2018 23,67 Overseas

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Nadeem Omar is the owner of the Quetta Gladiators.[53][54][55]

Name Position
Nadeem Omar (Omar Associates) Owner and CEO
Pakistan Harris Jalil Mir Chief Operating Officer
Pakistan Azam Khan Manager
Pakistan Moin Khan Head coach
Pakistan Abdul Razzaq Assistant coach
West Indies Cricket Board Viv Richards Batting coach & Mentor[2]
Pakistan Nabeel Hashmi Assistant Team Manager


No. Nat. Player From To Mat Won Lost tie NR %
1 Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed 2016 present 31 17 13 0 1 56.66

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 20 March 2018


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

Result summary[edit]

Overall result in PSL[edit]

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
Total 31 17 13 1 0 56.66 - Runners-up (twice)

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 20 March 2018

Head-to-head record[edit]

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR SR%
Islamabad United 2016–present 7 3 4 0 0 42.86
Karachi Kings 2016–present 6 5 1 0 0 83.33
Lahore Qalandars 2016–present 6 4 2 0 0 66.67
Multan Sultans 2018–present 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
Peshawar Zalmi 2016–present 10 4 5 0 1 44.44

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 20 March 2018


Most runs[edit]

Nat. Player From To Matches Innings Runs Average HS 100 50
England Kevin Pietersen 2016 2018 27 25 611 26.56 88* 0 4
Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed 2016 present 31 27 574 30.21 56* 0 2
Pakistan Ahmed Shehzad 2016 2017 20 19 532 28.00 71 0 5
South Africa Rilee Rossouw 2017 present 19 17 455 35.00 76* 0 2
Australia Shane Watson 2018 present 10 10 319 35.44 90* 0 2

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 20 March 2018

Most wickets[edit]

Nat. Player From To Matches Overs Wickets Average BBI 4w 5w
Pakistan Mohammad Nawaz 2016 present 31 104.4 30 23.13 4/13 1 0
Pakistan Anwar Ali 2016 present 29 87.3 22 33.77 2/21 0 0
Pakistan Rahat Ali 2018 present 11 42.2 15 21.46 4/16 1 0
Pakistan Hasan Khan 2016 present 21 60.4 15 27.66 2/10 0 0
Pakistan Zulfiqar Babar 2016 2017 18 72.0 15 33.26 2/17 0 0

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last Updated: 20 March 2018

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