PSL 2019: Ahmed Shahzad thrilled to be a part of Quetta Gladiators again
The Quetta-based franchise is also one of the better performing teams in the history of the tournament.
Updated - Nov 22, 2018 12:51 pm
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is gearing up for up for its fourth season that kicks off in February 2019. The tournament is scheduled to be played from 14th February to 17th March 2019. The majority of the tournament is slated to take place in the United Arab Emirates while the final eight matches will be played in Pakistan. The draft was held in Islamabad on Tuesday where 16 players were picked up by each team with four supplementary players. The final of the league is to be played on 17th of March at Karachi.
Ahmed Shahzad was once again signed by his former franchise Quetta Gladiators. The former Pakistan opener was a part of the team for the 2016 and 2017 seasons well, however, went on to play for Multan Sultans in the 2018 season of the league.
The 26-year old, who has also represented Pakistan in 78 ODIs is the third highest run-getter for the Gladiators with 532 runs in 19 matches. In the first session, Shahzad was the highest run-scorer for the franchise, mustering 290 runs.
He hopes to help the team grab the championship which they missed out in the last two occasions. Shahzad also promised that he would end up as the highest run getter in the upcoming season of PSL.
Extremely excited to b part of @TeamQuetta again for #PSL4.
Thank u 4 believing in me.
I’ll try to give my 💯% once again as I did in the 1st 2 seasons & with a little more effort in the knock out stages, we will clinch our 1st big tittle in #PSL4 IA.
Watch out 4 #Purpleforce 👊🏾
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) November 21, 2018
Gladiators look to seal the title this time
The Quetta-based franchise is also one of the better performing teams in the history of the tournament. The team finished as the runners-up in the first two seasons 2016 and 2017, losing to Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi respectively.
In the first edition, the Gladiators had amassed 174 in the final of the tournament, with Shahzad scoring a breezy knock of 64 off 38 balls. However, Dwayne Smith thwarted their bowlers to gun down the target of 175 and clinch the title for Islamabad United. In the second season, they lost by a whopping margin of 58 runs while chasing a moderate score of 149.