Having reached the finals twice and despite the fact that they are yet to make the prestigious trophy their own, Quetta Gladiators are still one of the most successful teams of Pakistan Super League (PSL). Nevertheless, the Gladiators were not close to their best during the third edition of the tournament and hence, here is a look at what went wrong and the things Quetta Gladiators need to sort out before next season.
3. Beef Up the Fast Bowling Department
Gladiators depend heavily on their spin bowlers and there seems a need for them to beef up their fast bowling reserves. Rahat Ali was the only bright star for them as all other fast bowlers struggled for most part in both UAE and Pakistan.
Hence, Gladiators need a couple of fast bowlers capable of making the new ball talk and talented enough to employ reverse swing during the death overs.
2. Find a Way to Calm Down the Captain
Sarfaraz Ahmed is one of the best T20 captains around. Still, the wicket-keeper batsman off late has received a lot of criticism owing to his hyper behavior both while leading Pakistan and the Gladiators. The franchise then needs to find a way to calm their captain down who it seems unconsciously is putting too much of pressure on himself and his bowlers by giving them a suggestion or two every single delivery!
Moreover, the 30 year old also seems to have become a little arrogant (to say the least) and thus, there is a need for seniors in the support staff to have a quite word with him.
1. Discard Foreign Players Not Willing to Travel to Pakistan
It is now for the second time in two years that the Gladiators suffered a major setback once their overseas players refused to play in Pakistan where a very important part of the tournament was scheduled both during the second and third editions.
It is high time that they discard foreign players who are not willing to come to the country and instead either select only those foreigners who are ready to represent the franchise in Pakistan or find local players worthy of replacing some of their senior guys from other countries.