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Pakistan Super League Team Preview - Quetta Gladiators

Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan to Champions Trophy victory last year
Sarfraz Ahmed led Pakistan to Champions Trophy victory last year
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The two-time finalist of the Pakistan Super League, Quetta Gladiators, will be hoping to break the shackles heading into the 2018 edition.

Led by Sarfraz Ahmed, the team boasts one of the strongest squad but will be disappointed to not clinch the title even once despite featuring in the finals of the previous two editions. With Sir Viv Richards as a mentor, the batting unit possess enough firepower with Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Rilee Rossouw and Shane Watson. The batting adds more depth with the likes of Asad Shafiq, Mahmudullah and Umar Amin also up the ranks apart from Sarfraz himself.

Their top performer Ahmed Shehzad has moved to Multan Sultans while Carlos Brathwaite will be unavailable due to international duty. In the absence of the West Indian, Jofra Archer has been chosen as a cover and when he leaves, Ben Laughlin will join the squad. This is also likely to be Pietersen's final appearance in the league as he had already indicated about quitting professional cricket this year.

Performances in the Previous Season:

2016: They managed to finish second in the table with six wins from eight games and managed to edge out Peshawar Zalmi by 1 runs in the Qualifier 1 to make it to the final where they succumbed to a six-wicket defeat to Islamabad United.

2017: For the second time they finished in second position in the table with four wins from eight games and again edged out Peshawar Zalmi by 1 run in the Qualifier 1 before losing the final to the same opposition by 58 runs.

Player to Watch out For:

Rashid Khan - The young leg-spinner has climbed up the ranks with consistent performances around the world. Rashid with his variations is more than handy especially in this format when the batsmen try to go after him and the fact that he continues to add more options to his bowling armoury makes it tough for the teams to get a hold of him.

Squads:

Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Rilee Rossouw, Jason Roy, Kevin Pietersen, Rameez Raja, Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Umar Amin, Mohammad Nawaz, Mahmudullah, Jofra Archer, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel, Rashid Khan, Anwar Ali, Hassan Khan Mohammad, Mir Hamza, Rahat Ali

Position:

Probable finalists again and favourites with most online cricket betting markets to go all the way. A favourite team with the Pakistan cricket fans and always exciting to watch.

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