Sarfaraz Ahmed should double his hard work or give way to a youngster: Moin Khan

Quetta Gladiators failed to qualify for the playoffs for four consecutive years.

By CricTracker Staff

Updated - Mar 12, 2023, 20:10 IST

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After Quetta Gladiators were eliminated from the ongoing Pakistan Super League, head coach Moin Khan slammed skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and reasoned out why stumper-batter Mohammad Rizwan is better than him.

The former cricketer didn’t mince his words and continued his criticism by pointing out that the 35-year-old hasn’t been able to prove himself in the shortest format of the game in the last two years and if he can’t double his hard work, he should give up his spot to a youngster. Moin also revealed that the franchise made a huge mistake by releasing South Africa international Rilee Rossouw, who has been in phenomenal form in the current edition of the tournament.

“Sarfaraz has been struggling in T20 since last two years. You have to perform better than your competition in order to get a spot in the national team. Rizwan worked hard and is reaping the rewards now. Rizwan is a sensible guy and is always among the top in ICC rankings. So if you have a competitor like that, then you should double your hard work or give way to a youngster.

Quetta Gladiators made a mistake by releasing Rilee Rossouw. I regret that because I rate him very highly in T20,” Moin said as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.

Moin revealed the reason behind releasing Azam Khan

The head coach also pointed out the reason behind releasing Azam Khan ahead of the eighth edition. He stated that the youngster wasn’t getting enough opportunities in the presence of Sarfaraz and thus, they had to make the tough decision of releasing him.

“Similarly, we had to release Azam Khan. It was for the betterment of his career because he was not getting a spot in team as wicketkeeper because we already had Sarfaraz as a keeper,” Moin added.

Notably, the Gladiators finished their season with only three wins and seven defeats to their name. They are currently second last on the points table but if Karachi Kings manage to beat Lahore Qalandars in their final fixture, the Gladiators will finish at the bottom of the table.

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