KARACHI: Current PSL Champions Quetta Gladiators were greeted warmly by the fans in Quetta at a private mall during their meet and greet event with star player Ahmad Shahzad, Ahsan Ali, local player Abdul Nasir, Team manager Azam Khan and Media Manager Nabeel Hashmi present on the occasion.
Opening batsman Shahzad, who played a vital role in Gladiators’ title-winning campaign last year said that the sort of love and reception he has received in Quetta on his visits is second to none.
“The reception we got when we came with PSL Trophy to Quetta is the highlight of my career because I have never ever seen such love and warmth. Even today the reception we got is simply amazing and we have received massive motivation from you guys which will help us to defend the PSL title,” Shahzad said while addressing the charged up crowd.
“We’ve got a very balanced squad with match winners all around. I’m sure with guidance of our Mentor Sir Viv, Head Coach Moin Khan and our skipper Sarfaraz Ahmad, Gladiators will win the PSL title again.”
Meanwhile, Gladiators’ local pick Abdul Nasir shared that he is really excited to be part of Purple Force and he would try to do well if given the opportunity.
“It’s a dream come true for me as I have been selected by Gladiators and I would be able to share the dressing with superstars like Shane Watson, Jason Roy, Ahmad Shahzad, Sarfaraz Ahmad, Umar Akmal, Sir Vivian Richards, Moin Khan and Abdur Razzaq,” Nasir expressed.
“Gladiators honoured my performances in their talent hunt and what I did in Ramzan Tournaments while playing for shortlisted team of Quetta. My selection would certainly give hope to other players of Balochistan that if I can be drafted in PSL then they also have a future with Quetta Gladiators,” Nasir added.
Quetta Gladiators would start the defence of their title on February 20 against Islamabad United at the National Stadium Karachi.