Quetta Gladiators have finalized their squad for the forthcoming Pakistan Super League 2020 season. Sarfraz Ahmed to lead Gladiators squad for PSL 5 and he captained the team throughout the short history of the tournament. The team has retained seven local players from Gladiators PSL 4 squad. Jason Roy and Ben Cutting both foreign players to make debut for the franchise in this season of the tournament.
The team lineup is strong enough to give a tough time to any other team in the tournament. Gladiators have won the single title of the competition by defending Peshawar Zalmi during 4th season of PSL. The team is representing the largest province of Pakistan, Baluchistan. Gladiators team coached by legendary Sir Viv Richards and led by Sarfraz Ahmed in all four seasons of the tournament.
Quetta Gladiators PSL 5 squad – In top-order batting line up Jason Roy, Khurram ManzoorUmer Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad. Gladiators squad consist of five leading all-rounder players such as Shane Watson, Ben Cutting, Tymal Mills, Mohammad Nawaz, and Sohail Khan
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Jason Roy – Ahmed Shehzad – Khurram Manzoor – Umer Akmal – Ahsan Ali
Quetta Gladiators have six top-order batsmen with two foreign and four local players. Jason Roy to play his 3rd season of Pakistan Super League and second for Gladiators. He made his debut in the PSL tournament for Lahore Qalandars during the 2017 PSL season. He is a right-handed opening batsman with extraordinary skills of hitting out of the park and maintaining run rate.
The team has picked up Khurram Manzoor, who has fantastic domestic cricket season and National T20 Cup 2019. Khurram played his first season of Pakistan Super League 2017 for Karachi Kings and didn’t play the next two seasons. He made his comeback after missing two consecutive seasons and all set to avail the maximum opportunity. He is an experienced top-order batsman who can play a significant role in Gladiators.
Ahmed Shehzad is a right-handed opening batsman who played the first two seasons of PSL for Gladiators and then joined the Multan Sultans Squad in PSL 2018. During PSL 2019 draft, he picked up Gladiators and now retained by the franchise for the next cricket season too. Shehzad is a top-order batsman who did a great job by scoring 58* unbeaten in the chase of 138 runs.
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Umar Akmal is a middle-order batsman who usually bats at number 2 or 3 position for Gladiators. Umar played the first three seasons of PSL for Lahore Qalandars than contracted to Gladiators for PSL 4. He is one of few players retained by the Quetta Gladiators for the previous squad. He could play a significant role in Gladiators with his hard-hitting and sensible innings.
Shane Watson – Ben Cutting – Sohail Khan – Tymal Mills – Mohammad Nawaz – Keemu Paul
Quetta Gladiators have a list of all-rounders, and the franchise from PSL 4 squad retains most of them. Shane Watson played the first two seasons of the tournament for Islamabad United and then contracted to Gladiators. He is such an excellent all-rounder who played a vital role during PSL 2019 for winning the title for his team.
Australian all-round cricketer and Brisbane Heat sensation Ben Cutting to join Gladiators PSL 5 squad. He is a great all-rounder who is retained by the franchise throughout his career in Big Bash League. Ben will make his debut in Pakistan Super League for Gladiators and all set to hit the big stage of the tournament.
Tymal Mills is an English all-rounder who have decent stats in limited over cricket and playing the only format since his retirement. Mills have plenty of experience in playing a shorter form of cricket and since his departure from England Cricket. Tymal played a single season for Karachi Kings and Zalmi during PSL 3 and PSL 4, respectively. He is playing for the second time for Gladiator as he represented PSL 2nd season as well.
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Mohammad Nawaz is the critical bowler for Gladiators, who played all seasons of Pakistan Super League since his debut. He is an excellent all-rounder who recorded his name with Gladiators as the winner of PSL 4. Nawaz is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and left-handed batsman as well. He is the crucial player for Gladiators in PSL 5.
Sarfraz Ahmed, the former skipper of Pakistan National Team, played all seasons of PSL and captained the side as well. He has excellent captaincy skills and brilliant with gloves behind the wicket. He hardly drops a catch behind the wicket and bats at number 4 position. Sarfaraz is one of the best captains who led a very week team and gave a tough time to all franchises throughout the short history of the tournament.
Mohammad Husnain – Naseem Shah- Fawad Ahmed – Abdul Nasir – Aarish Khan -Azam Khan
Quetta Gladiators squad have the youngest bowling line as compare to any other franchise of the tournament. The debutant of PSL 4 Mohammad Husnain played his first season of PSL for Gladiators and earned the Cap for ODI in Pakistan National Team. Husnain is a quick bowler who was named in Pakistan squad for ICC World Cup 2019 but didn’t get a chance to play a single game of the tournament.
Naseem Shah to make his debut for Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League 2020 cricket season. He is the most excellent bowler in the recent times and quite impressive with his bowling in his first domestic cricket season. Naseem had a tremendous domestic cricket season recently and earned Pakistan tour of Australia and played T20I and Test matches as well.
Other bowling options in medium and spin bowling Abdul Nasir, Azam Khan, Aarish Khan, and Australian cricketer Fawad Ahmed joined Gladiators PSL 5 squad. Fawad Ahmed have a great experience of playing international who played for Melbourne Renegades, Sydney Thunder, and Brisbane Heat as well. He could make a difference for Gladiators.
The team has four other bowling options that can prove their skills on the ground when the season gets started. Abdul Nasir has experience of playing limited-overs cricket while other two youngsters to make their way in PSL 5. Azam Khan is the son of Quetta Gladiators’ team manager and former wicket-keeper batsman Moeen Khan.
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