Moin Khan Advise to Quetta Gladiators
The Quetta Gladiators claimed the PSL championship in 2019 with an eight-wicket victory over Peshawar Zalmi at the National Bank Cricket Arena. They previously reached the finals in the first two seasons of the tournament in 2016 and 2017. Prior to their disappointing performance in the 2020 edition, where they were eliminated in the league stage for the first time in the tournament’s history, the Gladiators established themselves as one of the stronger teams in the PSL. However, they have yet to finish among the top four teams since that time.
The Quetta Gladiators will kick off their journey in the 8th edition of the PSL on February 15th, taking on the Multan Sultans at the Multan Cricket Stadium. They aim to reclaim their pre-2020 form.
Before the start of the tournament, PCB Digital had a chat with the head coach of the Gladiators, Moin Khan, to discuss the impact of the PSL.
Q. How has Quetta Gladiators and PSL influenced the growth of cricket in Balochistan?
Khan. Khan: Quetta Gladiators and the PSL have played an inspiring role for cricket in the region. Despite a lack of facilities in that part of the country and unfavourable weather conditions in the winters, there has been a spike in interest for cricket here, with local talent emerging due to the association with the Quetta Gladiators brand.
Indeed, Quetta Gladiators have been instrumental in promoting and nurturing local talent. The inclusion of players like Bismillah Khan, Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, and Abdul Nasir in the team demonstrates the impact the franchise has had on the development of cricket in Balochistan. By providing these players with a platform to showcase their skills on a national stage, Quetta Gladiators have helped to create role models and inspire a new generation of cricketers in the region. This, in turn, has led to an increased interest in the sport and a more positive outlook for its future in Balochistan.
Q. What influence has Sarfaraz Ahmed had on the atmosphere within the Quetta Gladiators’ dressing room?