Former captain of Quetta Gladiators Sarfaraz Ahmed recently opened up about his conversation with the newly appointed Gladiators’ coach Shane Watson.

Shane Watson was appointed the head coach of the Gladiators ahead of the PSL 9, along with Shaun Tait as bowling coach.

Quetta Gladiators also announced Rilee Rossouw as the new captain, replacing Sarfaraz Ahmed. Meanwhile, Saud Shakeel has been named as the vice-captain, marking a new era for the franchise.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, while talking to a local news outlet, shared insights into his experience playing alongside and communicating with Watson as the head coach.

Reflecting on Watson’s contribution, Sarfaraz emphasized the significance of the Australian all-rounder’s vast T20 experience, which he believes will greatly benefit the team.

“The experience of playing alongside Shane Watson was very good and he was extremely helpful. His worldwide T20 experience will be very valuable. The way T20 cricket is played, he played it that way. Having him in the dugout will benefit the team greatly,” Sarfaraz remarked.

Sarfaraz also highlighted Watson’s proactive coaching approach. He noted that Watson is keen on discussing plans with the team from their own perspective to lead them forward.

While Sarfaraz has been in communication with Watson via WhatsApp and phone calls, he clarified that specific strategy discussions had not yet taken place. However, he anticipates more in-depth conversations as Watson joins the team in Lahore.

“I have talked to him via WhatsApp and phone, but there was no discussion about any strategy. As coaches usually have one-on-one conversations with players, as he did with me. Now that he is coming to Lahore, there will certainly be more discussions,” Sarfaraz elaborated.

With Watson’s mentorship and the new leadership, Quetta Gladiators aim to embark on a successful journey in the PSL 9.

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