Spin wizard Sunil Narine and explosive middle-order batsman Umar Akmal will be moving from Lahore Qalandars to Quetta Gladiators as part of a blockbuster trade between the two Pakistan Super League sides.
In return, pace bowler Rahat Ali and young left-arm spinner Hassan Khan have moved from Quetta Gladiators to Lahore Qalandars.
Narine, who played two seasons for the Qalandars in 2017 and 2018, brings a wealth of experience with 299 T20 appearances and 342 wickets across different leagues and tournaments in the world.
Umar Akmal’s move to Quetta Gladiators marks a new chapter in the talented batsman’s T20 career who will be looking to improve on his performances from last year.
Akmal, 28, had an unimpressive run last year but his overall tally of 556 runs at a strike rate of 138 in 20 PSL matches brings more batting depth to the Gladiators.
This deal will also see Lahore taking Quetta’s first round Platinum pick and Quetta getting Lahore’s Silver round pick in the second round.
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Chief Opertaing Officer (COO) of Lahore Qalandars Sameen Rana said on this occasion:
“On behalf of the Lahore Qalandars management and fans, we would like to thank Sunil and Umar for their services to the team. They added tremendous value to the Qalandars and I wish them well on this next chapter in their PSL careers.
We are very excited to welcome Rahat Ali and Hassan Khan to the Qalandars family. Rahat showed what he is capable of with the ball in this format with his excellent bowling last year and Hassan has impressed everyone with his determination and calmness on the field.”
Meanwhile Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Umar said:
“Sunil Narine and Umar Akmal are world class additions to the Gladiators squad ahead of PSL season 4. Sunil Narine is a magician with the ball and one of the best match winners when in T20 cricket. Umar Akmal, too, remains one of the most destructive batsmen in Pakistan and he will add much needed firepower in our batting.
I would also like to thank Hassan Khan and Rahat Ali for being exemplary ambassadors for Quetta Gladiators. Both these talented cricketers will always have a special place in the Gladiators family.”
Earlier, Left-arm pacer and useful low order batsman Sohail Tanvir moved from Multan Sultans to Quetta Gladiators.
As a result of this trade, the Gladiators have given up their Diamond round pick to Multan Sultans who will now have the second and third picks in the first Diamond round of the PSL Player Draft this year.
Tanvir, a global T20 specialist, brings a wealth of experience to the Gladiators squad with 301 wickets in 293 T20 matches.
“I am very excited that I am joining the Quetta Gladiators family,” said Sohail Tanvir. “I look forward to this next chapter in my playing career and I hope to play a pivotal role for the franchise in the upcoming season.”
Gladiators’ owner Nadeem Omar welcomed the seasoned campaigner to his team. “Sohail Tanvir is a versatile T20 cricketer and he brings invaluable experience to the Gladiators camp. All of us at the franchise welcome Sohail to the team and we look forward to his contributions in the next season.”