According to recent updates, Quetta Gladiators picks Martin Guptill, Wanindu Hasaranga, Naseem Shah, Odean Smith, and Ahsan Ali from the PSL 2023 draft results. On the other hand, they retained M Nawaz, Jason Roy, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed, M Hasnain, and Umer Akmal from the draft. Quetta Gladiators’ picks are very strategic and bold. Anyone can see an appropriate balance between the batting and bowling lineups of QG’s picks
QUETTA GLADIATORS PICKS – STATS
|PLAYER||TYPE||CATEGORY||PSL CAREER||RUNS / INNINGS
|HIGH SCORE / AVG. BATTING RATE
|WICKETS / CATCHES
|Sarfaraz Ahmed (C)||Batter & Wicket-keeper||Gold||Quetta Gladiators – 20(16-23)||1,341/60||81/31.92||Stumping dismissals = 43|
|Martin Guptill||Batter||Supplementary||Karachi Kings – 2021
Quetta Gladiators – 2022, 2023
|Jason Roy||Batter||Diamond||Lahore Qalandars – 2017
Quetta Gladiators – 2018, 2020, 2022, 2023
|589/16||116/39.26||– / 7|
|M Nawaz (VC)||All-rounder||Platinum||2016 – 2023||619/49||47/18.75||61/34|
|Iftikhar Ahmed||All-rounder||Diamond||Karachi Kings – 2016, 2019, 2020
Peshawar Zalmi – 2017
Islamabad United – 2018, 2019
Quetta Gladiators – 20(19-23)
|Batter||Silver||Lahore Qalandars – 20(16-18)
Quetta Gladiators – 20(19-23)
|378/15||75*/29.07||– / 6|
|Ahsan Ali||Batter||Gold||Quetta Gladiators – 20(19-23)||444/18||73/26.11||1/8|
|Naseem Shah||Bowler||Platinum||Quetta Gladiators – 20(19-23)||16/6||7/4.00||19/4|
|Bowler||Gold||Islamabad United – 2018
Quetta Gladiators – 20(19-23)
|Naveen Ul Haq||Bowler||Silver||Debut||–||–||–|
|Umaid Asif||Bowler||Silver||Peshawar Zalmi – 2018,2019,2021
Karachi Kings – 2020, 2022
Quetta Gladiators – 2023
QUETTA GLADIATORS PICKS – Batsmen & All-rounders
Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK)
Sarfaraz Ahmed is an experienced Pakistani all-rounder and former captain with brilliant wicket-keeping skills. He is a crucial part of Quetta Gladiators as he’s been the captain of QG since PSL 2016. In addition, he also took his team to the finals three times. Quetta Gladiators was the winning team of PSL 2019 under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Moreover, he is the highest-scoring batsman of Quetta Gladiators with 1,341 runs in 60 innings. He has a batting average of 31.92 and the highest score of 81 in his PSL career. Furthermore, he is the most valuable player on the team not just because of his captaincy but also his batting and stumping. This is the reason why Quetta Gladiators picks Sarfaraz Ahmed for PSL.
Martin Guptill is a New Zealand right-handed batsman with a batting average of 31.81. He has played 122 T20 international matches with two 100’s and twenty 50’s to his name. In addition, he also has a record of playing in the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League.
Karachi Kings signed him up for the rescheduled matches in PSL 6. However, he didn’t sign up for PSL 7 draft but he makes a comeback in PSL 8. Quetta Gladiators picks him for the upcoming season in 2023.
Jason Roy is a right-handed English batsman with a batting avg. of 24.1. Roy has made eight 50’s in the 64 matches of his T20I career. He has the highest score of 78 in T20I matches which leads to the conclusion that he has the ability to hit the ball hard. He made his PSL debut in Lahore Qalandars in PSL 2017. After that, he was a part of the Quetta Gladiators team in PSL 2018, 2020, and 2022. Now once again, Quetta Gladiators picks Jason Roy and retained him for the upcoming PSL 2023.
He is in the 7th position to score the most runs for Quetta Gladiators as he scored 589 runs for QG (Quetta Gladiators). In addition, he has the highest score of 116 runs in his PSL career. Moreover, he has proven himself as a good batsman for QG by maintaining a batting average of 39.26 in PSL matches.
Wanindu Hasaranga is a Srilankan all-rounder cricket with right-hand batting and right-arm leg break bowling. He has a batting average of 14.06 in his T20I career. On the other hand, he also has the highest score of 71 in T20 which makes him an unpredictable batsman. Apart from batting, he is one of the best Srilankan spin bowlers with an astounding technique for dismantling the batsmen.
He has 85 wickets to his name in 51 T20 international matches of his career. Hasaranga signed up for PSL 2023 draft in 2022 and Quetta Gladiators picked him as their platinum category player. It’s his debut in Pakistan Super League matches. Let us see in the future whether this decision will be profitable for Quetta Gladiators or not.
Ahsan Ali is a right-handed Pakistani batsman with enough history with Quetta Gladiators. He’s been on the team since PSL 2019 till now as once again Quetta Gladiators picks him as their gold category player. In addition, he has played 18 innings for Quetta Gladiators and made 444 runs with an average strike rate of 132.53. Moreover, he is the eighth-highest scorer for QG to this day.
Umar Akmal is a right-handed middle-order Pakistani batsman with a ton of experience in international cricket. He’s been a part of the Pakistan Super League as he played by Lahore Qalandars in the first three editions of PSL. Later on, he was picked by Quetta Gladiators for PSL 2019-2022.
In addition, he has played fifteen innings for QG and made 378 runs with a top score of 75*. Moreover, he has an average batting rate of 29.01 while playing for QG in previous PSL matches. Furthermore, he also had a golden career in international cricket as he played 84 T20I matches and scored 1690 runs. Furthermore, he will also play his role as a mentor for the team because of his both domestic and international experience.
Will Smeed is also an English right-handed batsman with no international cricket record. QG retained him as a silver category player from PSL 2023 draft. However, he’s been a part of List A cricket and The Hundred. But his batting skills are not bad as he has 1,471 runs from 55 Twenty20 matches to his name. It could be a beneficial pick by Quetta Gladiators as they are letting new and young cricketers play some international-level cricket.
Abdul Bangalzai is a young Pakistani right-handed batsman. He has not played any international cricket but he has played in domestic leagues including Quaid e Azam Trophy, Pakistan Cup, and National T20 Cup.
Omair Yousuf is also a young Pakistani right-handed batsman with no international cricket background. However, he has played some domestic-level cricket in Pakistan Cup and Quaid E Azam Trophy. QG chose him as their supplementary category player.
Mohammad Nawaz is a Pakistani cricketer with sensational all-rounder skills. Nawaz has been playing international cricket since 2016. He’s good with both batting and bowling. In addition, he also has a history of playing in the Pakistan Super League. In 2016, QG took him on their team and he’s been on the team since that time. Adding more to the information, he’s also appointed as Vice Captain for Quetta Gladiators because of his experience in both international and domestic cricket.
Moreover, looking back at the PSL history and statistics; he made 619 runs off 49 innings. As he is an amazing slow left-arm bowler but in an orthodox way. Still, he took 61 wickets for QG in the past seasons of the Pakistan Super League.
Furthermore, the highest score that he made in his PSL career is 57 and his average batting rate is 18.75. The average batting rate is relatively low but he has shown great strength and performance in international matches when the runs were desperately needed. So, it is always a good choice of having him on the team as vice-captain and a fellow player.
Iftikhar Ahmed is a talented Pakistani all-rounder. He is both a right-handed batter and a right-arm off-break spin bowler. Moreover, he has a good PSL career as well as an international career. Karachi Kings initially picked him for PSL 2016 and then for PSL 2019 and 2020. After the first edition of the Pakistan Super League, Peshawar Zalmi took him as one of their own for PSL 2017. But the next year, Islamabad United picked him for PSL 2018 and again for PSL 2021.
Looking forward to PSL 2022, Quetta Gladiators was the franchise that chose Iftikhar as their middle-order player. And again, Quetta Gladiators picks him for the PSL 8. He made 148 runs from 9 innings with a batting average of 17.25 and a high score of 52. Iftikhar was also successful in taking two wickets making himself a valuable all-rounder.
Furthermore, there were a lot of rumors about his performance in international cricket. But he has proven all of these rumors wrong by giving an extraordinary performance in his recent matches. As far as we can tell about him, he is a hard-hitting batsman who can get valuable runs for his team.
QUETTA GLADIATORS PICKS – Bowlers
Naseem Shah is a young Pakistani right-arm fast bowler. He has a fierce bowling attack in T20 matches despite the fact that he made his T20I debut in August 2022. In addition, he is a part of Quetta Gladiators since 2019. His stunning fast-bowling attack added 19 wickets to his PSL career. Having Naseem Shah on your team is always favorable for the team.
Odean Smith added to Quetta Gladiators is a young Jamaican right-arm fast-medium bowler. It’s his debut in the Pakistan Super League. He can also bat but it’s not his primary skill. In addition, he has played 24 T20I matches in which he took 24 wickets. Adding more to it, his best bowling in T20I is taking 3 wickets with 27 runs. Gladiators look forward to Smith giving his best performance in the coming PSL 8.
Mohammad Hasnain (Ambassador)
Mohammad Hasnain is also a young Pakistani right-arm fast bowler. He is also the current ambassador of Quetta Gladiators. Karachi Kings picked him for PSL 3 but the next year, QG selected him. Since 2019, he’s been a part of QG and Quetta Gladiators picks him again for PSL 2023 too. Moreover, he has taken 39 wickets since he’s been by the side of Quetta Gladiators since 2019.
Naveen Ul Haq, Umaid Asif, Mohammad Zahid, and Aimal Khan
Naveen Ul Haq is an Afghanistani right-arm medium-fast bowler making his debut in the Pakistan Super League of 2023. On the other hand, Umaid, Zahid, and Aimal are Pakistani bowlers who are also making their debut in PSL this year.
In summation, the journey of Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been marked by strategic selections that have significantly influenced the team’s performance. The statistics reflect the impact of these picks on the team’s overall record, demonstrating the importance of astute decision-making during player acquisitions.
Through a combination of skill, talent, and careful selection, Quetta Gladiators have striven to assemble a formidable lineup that has left an indelible mark on the PSL. As the franchise continues to evolve in subsequent seasons, their past choices will continue to shape their path, making each pick a crucial building block in their pursuit of glory in the world of cricket.