Quetta Gladiators eager to see Shahid Afridi in their ranks

Star all-rounder played for champions Multan Sultans last season

Quetta Gladiators eager to see Shahid Afridi in their ranks PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Quetta Gladiators will be happy with the inclusion of legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi in their ranks for the seventh edition of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL).

While speaking to Daily Express in an exclusive interview, Quetta’s owner Nadeem Omar said that he is hopeful about welcoming Afridi, who played for champions Multan Sultans in season six, next year.   

“We are hopeful that Shahid Afridi will be part of Quetta Gladiators in HBL PSL 7. We will be really happy if that happens,” said Omar.

“Afridi played a key part in the promotion of the Kashmir Premier League. Despite being unfit in the final, he fought hard and led his team to the title,” he added.

Nadeem also opened up about his team’s preparations for the next season after a disappointing performance, where they finished bottom of the table, in the sixth edition of HBL PSL.

“Our preparations are in full swing for HBL PSL 7 and will try to introduce new players through our talent hunt program,” he said. “Last season our selection wasn’t good which is why we were not able to get the desired results. We have complete faith in Sarfaraz Ahmed’s leadership and he will continue to lead the side in the future.”

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The Quetta owner was also hopeful that the schedule of the event won’t be changed despite Australia’s tour of Pakistan in February and March next year.

“We would prefer that HBL PSL 7 takes place during its usual March window but we also know that Australian team is set to visit Pakistan during that time. We are hopeful that the league’s schedule won’t be disturbed and it will take place at one or two venues without being affected by Covid-19,” he concluded.

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