Quetta Gladiators, a prominent team in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has made a noteworthy coaching change ahead of the 2024 edition by appointing former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson as their new head coach. This move is particularly significant as it marks the first coaching change for the franchise since the inception of the PSL.
The team has seen a long-serving coach in the form of former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Moin Khan, who has been at the helm for eight years. In this reshuffling, Moin Khan will now assume the role of team director, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the management side of the team.
Quetta Gladiators have been consistently successful in the PSL, reaching the final three times and clinching the title in 2019. This sustained success has made them one of the competitive and respected teams in the league.
The decision to bring in Shane Watson, a seasoned cricketer and a key player for the Gladiators from 2018 to 2020, as the head coach reflects the team’s commitment to strategic and impactful leadership.
Shane Watson’s transition from a key player to the head coaching role signifies a continuation of his association with the team, and his past contributions are expected to bring valuable insights and strategies to the coaching setup.
His experience and understanding of the game could play a crucial role in shaping the team’s performance and dynamics in the upcoming PSL season.
The announcement coincides with the anticipation building up to the HBL Pakistan Super League Player Draft 2024, scheduled for December 13, 2023, at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
The draft will feature the selection of 254 international players, adding another layer of excitement and anticipation for Quetta Gladiators and their fans as they look forward to the upcoming season under the guidance of their new head coach.