In a change of leadership, Pakistan Super League franchise Quetta Gladiators has appointed legendary Australian cricketer Shane Watson as the new Head Coach of the team owing to the team’s underwhelming performance and conduct in the last four consecutive IPL seasons. On the other hand, Moin Khan, former Pakistani batsman and wicket keeper will assume the role of the Team Director. Since the inception of the League, it will be the Gladiators first swap of Coaches in four years.
Announcing the important decision
The PSL took to its official Twitter handle and announced about this important change for the Quetta Gladiators. In the Tweet, it stated “The Quetta Gladiators owner and the Team Management has decided to appoint former Australian all-rounder and Gladiator’s best run-getter in the PSL, Shane Watson as the head coach of the team.”
Shane Watson’s impressive role for the franchise
Shane Watson, who was a potential addition to the Gladiators in the 2018 season made an essential contribution for the franchise in his three-year stint, helping the franchise clinch the title in the 2019 season. He emerged as the Player of the Tournament in the 2019 season, becoming the leading run getter, smashing 430 runs.
But despite some highs, the franchise also witnessed some lows in several seasons. After the 2019 season, the Gladiators couldn’t end up in the knockout stages for the consecutive four seasons. However, the team had to continue with the same coach and captain, i.e Moin Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Watson’s IPL vows
After retiring in 2020, Shane Watson took up the role of Assistant Coach for the Delhi Capitals, in 2022. He followed up by assuming the role of Head Coach for San Francisco Unicorns in the Major League Cricket (MLC).