Sarfaraz Ahmed is the only captain in Pakistan Super League (PSL) to lead his team Quetta Gladiators for all eight seasons. However, this will change this year as he will not be leading the franchise in the upcoming PSL 9.
Nadeem Omer, the owner of Quetta Gladiators, confirmed the news, stating that Sarfaraz Ahmed expressed his desire to take a break from captaincy, paving the way for new head coach Shane Watson to decide on the team’s leadership after consulting with the management.
Speculation is rife about who will step into Sarfaraz’s shoes, with South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw and Pakistan’s Saud Shakeel emerging as the top contenders.
The final decision is expected to be unveiled in the coming days, adding to the anticipation surrounding the team’s dynamics.
Sarfaraz Ahmed has been a pivotal figure in the Gladiators’ journey, captaining the side for the past eight seasons.
Under his leadership, the team clinched the championship title in 2019 and reached the final on three occasions.
However, recent seasons have seen the Gladiators struggle to find their footing, with the team languishing at the bottom of the PSL table for the past three seasons.
Sarfaraz’s leadership has come under scrutiny amidst this downturn, prompting the need for a fresh approach to reignite the team’s fortunes.
A new captain for Quetta Gladiators will see the franchise team usher in a new era, as they made several changes in coaching staff and made some tough calls in the PSL Draft.
Australia’s Shane Watson stepped in as head coach, while his former team-mate Shaun Tait joined the franchise as bowling coach.
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