Some big inclusions to the Quetta Gladiators squad for 2017 could see them go one step better then last years tournament, finishing as the minor-champions after losing the final to Islamabad by six wickets. They were one of the two inform teams heading into the PSL finals campaign last year, if it wasn’t for a freak knock from Sharjeel Khan they may well have won the title convincingly. Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera and South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw have joined the Gladiators ahead of the second installment of the PSL, Rossouw in particular will be a damaging prospect lining up next to the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright who are both destructive T20 batsmen. Kevin Pietersen and Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad both scored over 200 runs each in the tournament and were usually the batsmen behind the wheel in the innings, setting up a decent total and allowing the lower order to create their own launching pad for the final five overs or so. The arrival of Rossouw should give them more depth with the bat, along with Mahmudullah who has been one of Bangladesh’s key players over the past 3-4 years in International cricket. The Gladiators have no shortage of bowlers either, Mohammad Nawaz was the stand out performer with the ball in 2015-16 for Quetta with 13 wickets in his ten games. The two other Pakistani bowlers Anwar Ali and Zulfiqar Babar also picked up 9 wickets each, complementing Nawaz and completing a pretty decent all-round team performance all up. There’s a lot of quality in this Quetta team list which is always good when you can rotate players throughout the tournament, I think we could be looking at the 2017 PSL champions right here.
PSL 2016 Ranking – 2nd
PSL 2017 Predicted Ranking – 1st
Quetta Gladiators 2017 fixture
February 10 – vs Lahore Qalandars at Dubai
February 11 – vs Karachi Kings at Dubai
February 15 – vs Islamabad United at Sharjah
February 17 – vs Peshawar Zalmi at Sharjah
February 18 – vs Lahore Qalandars at Sharjah
February 23 – vs Karachi Kings at Dubai
February 24 – vs Islamabad United at Dubai
February 25 – vs Peshawar Zalmi at Dubai
PSL 2017 Game Changer – Ahmed Shehzad
Out of favor with the International side, Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad will be hoping to put in another solid performance in the 2017 PSL to show the selectors what they’re missing out on. Whilst he’s not the most fluent scorer at the crease, Shehzad has an uncanny-knack of finding the boundary regardless of his form which is a huge upside in his game. Shehzad scored two fifties in last years PSL and will be aiming to better that this year, he’s more then capable with three hundreds in T20 cricket to his name. A quality batsman who can instigate the opening bowlers quite effectively, expect big things from Shehzad for the Gladiators in 2017.
Quetta Gladiators 2017 PSL Squad | key players*
- Sarfraz Ahmed*
- Asad Shafiq
- Ahmed Shehzad*
- Kevin Pietersen*
- Luke Wright*
- Rilee Rossouw*
- Bismillah Khan
- Umar Amin
- Mohammad Nawaz*
- Thisara Perera*
- Saad Nasim
- Noor Wali
- Umar Gul*
- Anwar Ali*
- Tymal Mills
- Hassan Khan
- Nathan McCullum
- Mir Hamza
- Zulfiqar Babar*
PSL Dark Horse – Saad Nasim
Has been very unlucky not to play more International cricket for Pakistan, a quality all-rounder who has had to make a name for himself in domestic cricket and competitions like this. The 26-year-old bats in the middle to lower order and bowls part time leg-spin which can be likened to Australia’s Steve Smith, very handy when the batsmen are just about swinging at everything. Nasim is labeled a dark horse mainly because of the quality in this Gladiators side, making it hard to slot into the eleven at times which takes him out of the spotlight more often than not.
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Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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