Quetta Gladiators link up with ICA, launch PSL campaign

Quetta Gladiators begin their PSL campaign against Islamabad United on 4th February

Quetta Gladiators begin their PSL campaign against Islamabad United on 4th February
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Representatives from Omar Associates, Quetta Gladiators and the International Cricketers Association came together to announce their partnership at a press conference in London on Thursday.

The purpose of the press conference was to introduce the Omar Associates team Quetta Gladiators to the international media and the UK cricket and wider community and to develop a media and public relationship between the team management of Quetta Gladiators and ICA.

During the conference there was a Q&A session with team owner Mr Nadeem Omar live from Pakistan and the cricket legends in attendance.

The press conference introduced the team to the UK and launched the partnership between the team and ICA

The press conference introduced the team to the UK and launched the partnership between the team and ICA
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"It has been a pleasure bringing this team together, making a great team of national and International players," Omar said.

"Players whose performances will enlighten the world of cricket and bring to the fore the talent from at home (Pakistan) and our sporting friends from other amazing countries.

"I am honoured to be part of the Quetta Gladiators and to know that we are all going forward together.

"The inaugural Pakistan Super League will be a shop window to the world showing just how entertaining the game of cricket is and how, with the right support, investment and time we can truly make a difference to the lives and futures of our communities.

"The Quetta Gladiators will be fighting to the final, we have some tough games against some equally talented opposition, but what makes the Quetta Gladiators unique is the way that the whole team plays as one, with one goal, one heart and one dream."

The press conference introduced the team to the UK and launched the partnership between the team and ICA

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Former Pakistan wicket-keeper Moin Khan will coach the side, and he added:

"It is with great honour that I join the Quetta Gladiators as Head Coach, we have a very strong team, highly respected support staff and amazing supporters.

"When I was approached by Nadeem Omar it was one of the easiest things to accept.

"The PSL 2016 tournament will be a festival of competitive and exciting cricket, and will be a solid benchmark for all future PSL tournaments, and I am excited to be part of the event."

Moghees Sheikh, owner of the International Cricketers Association is a passionate follower and supporter of Pakistani cricket, and a keen individual who works in partnership with clients said he was delighted to be involved with the franchise.

Moghees Sheikh (right), pictured here with Devon Malcolm

Moghees Sheikh (right), pictured here with Devon Malcolm
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"I am glad the team Quetta Gladiators is being introduced for the first time in UK where ICA is a key role player for its sponsorships, marketing, merchandising, and fan fellowship.

"Our main goal is to promote cricket and cricketers, PSL is a great initiative to revive Pakistan cricket where the great names of the cricket world will showcase their talents; of course, it will help young/emerging  Pakistani cricketers in coming years and we all appreciate efforts, hard work and professionalism of PCB and PSL management.

"The ICA has been established for the three years and great players like Misbah-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz and coaches like Lance Klusener, Paul Nixon, Aamir Sohail are associated with us.

"By joining hand in hand with the Quetta Gladiators, we will bring the Gladiators game and fame in every house in UK  and beyond - inshallah.

"This is just a start and best is still to come," he concluded.

The following International cricketers were in attendance

Derek Pringle

An English former Test and ODI cricketer, and now a highly respected cricket journalist, Pringle played for Essex between 1978 and 1993. He was a member of the successful sides of the 1980s and early 1990s alongside cricketers such as Graham Gooch, Mark Waugh, Nasser Hussain, John Lever and Neil Foster. In that period Essex won the County Championship six times.

Derek Pringle

Derek Pringle (second right)
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John Lever

An English former cricketer who played in 21 Tests and 22 ODIs for England from 1976 to 1986. Lever was a left-arm fast-medium bowler, who predominantly swung the ball in to the right-handed batsmen, to try to outwit them.

Cricket correspondent Colin Bateman remarked: "For 23 years he plied his trade with Essex, becoming the finest left-arm pace bowler in the country. Tough, astute, and entertaining in the dressing room, Lever was, as the title of his autobiography suggests, A Cricketer's Cricketer."

Lever’s numbers - 73 Test wickets from 21 Tests at 26.72 and a strike rate of 60.7 with three five-fors and a 10-for — are as impressive as any other Englishman of the era. During the period in which Lever was active (1976 to 1986) Lever had the fourth-best average among English bowlers

Devon Malcolm

Malcolm was one of England's few genuinely fast bowlers of the 1990s. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he settled in England, making his first-class debut for Derbyshire in 1984, and qualifying to play for England in 1987. He played in 40 Test matches for his adopted country.

On his day he was one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket

Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon is one of cricket’s true characters. Affectionately known as ‘Badger’ due to his fidgeting behind the stumps and constant energy, ‘Nico’ enjoyed a glittering career representing Cumberland, the MCC, Kent, Delhi Giants and Leicestershire.

Paul’s 23-year career in the game saw him lift three T20 titles and two County Championships for Leicestershire, whilst also becoming Club Captain and a fans’ favourite in the process. Paul was also part of the Natwest Pro40 title winning team with Kent in 2001.

In 2007, at the age of 36, Nixon was called in to the England squad and represented his nation at T20 and One-Day International level, winning a series against Australia and New Zealand, before starring in the World Cup in the West Indies, nearly pulling off an incredible victory over Sri Lanka after an 87-run partnership with Ravi Bopara.

Paul Nixon (left) with Moghees Sheikh

Paul Nixon (left) with Moghees Sheikh
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Atiq-uz-Zaman

A highly respected Pakistani cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper who played in one Test match in March 2000.

Much of his good work had come in the preceding domestic seasons; he broke a longstanding record for the highest number of dismissals in a season in 2000-01 with 76 victims and also held the record for the highest number of victims in a domestic limited-overs game (6). He played three successful seasons in league cricket in England thereafter,

Ata-ur-Rehman

Ata-ur-Rehman is a Pakistani cricketer who played in 13 Tests and 30 One-Day Internationals from 1992 to 1996. He is tall and well built, bowling right-arm fast medium with good control of line and length and the ability to move the old ball.

He made his international debut for Pakistan on their 1992 tour of England when aged only 17.

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