Sarfaraz Ahmed is the only captain in Pakistan Super League (PSL) to lead his team Quetta Gladiators for eight consecutive seasons. However, this may change in PSL 9 as Gladiators may be led by a new captain in the upcoming season.

In a seismic shift for Quetta Gladiators, a coaching restructures saw Shane Watson step in as head coach and Shaun Tait as bowling coach. But the winds of change don’t stop there – an impending decision on the team’s leadership hints at the possible departure of Sarfaraz Ahmed from his eight-year captaincy reign.

Who will replace Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain?

Owner Nadeem Omer’s reported meeting with Watson fuels speculation regarding Sarfaraz’s future, a topic that’s set tongues wagging across cricketing circles. While no definitive replacement looms large, Rilee Russouw and Saud Shakeel emerge as the frontrunners for the pivotal role of skippert.

Expressing a sense of internal conflict, Omer navigates the delicate balance between loyalty and evolution, musing over Sarfaraz’s potential ousting. In a local podcast appearance, he hinted at the franchise’s distinct relationship with its players, acknowledging the need for respectful transitions in a player’s career.


“Sarfaraz has been off the boil over the last couple of years,” Omer reflected. ” There are a lot of reasons for that – the way he was unceremoniously ousted by the PCB didn’t help, especially when he had a few more years. We value him immensely and won’t dump him unceremoniously.”

Amidst uncertainty, Omer assures that Sarfaraz, a cornerstone of Quetta’s successes, will receive dignified recognition for his contributions. “Sarfaraz has gracefully expressed his willingness to step aside if deemed necessary,” Omer added, hinting at an impending decision post-Watson’s consultation.

However, it’s pertinent to note that Quetta Gladiators affirmed Sarfaraz’s captaincy during the PSL 9 Draft.

Sarfaraz’s leadership steered the team to three finals and clinched the title in 2019, leaving an indelible mark in the franchise’s history.

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