Wednesday Mar 11, 2020
Quetta Gladiators skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has blamed scheduling conflict and consistent travelling as a major role in the team’s declining performance in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020.
"Traveling and scheduling issues were taken to the management as it hindered with our performance," the wicket-keeper batsman said.
It is pertinent to mention that the Gladiators are the team which has travelled the most in the tournament.
Sarfaraz added that the suspension of batsman Umar Akmal, before their first match was a huge blow as the defending champions opened their PSL 2020 campaign without their seasoned player.
"Not having Akmal was a blow to the team. Having his power-hitting ability paired with Azam Khan would have made a strong middle-order."
Sarfaraz added that despite having teen pacers Naseem Shah and Mohammad Hasnain, the duo failed to follow game plans due to their lack of experience.
"They [Naseem Shah and Mohammad Hasnain] are very talented players but because they are inexperienced they fail to follow our plans however, they will learn in time and will improve."
The former national skipper also revealed that he has no plans on making an international return with the ICC T20 World Cup as his focus laid on PSL matches.
"I’m not focusing on making an international comeback in the T20 World Cup," he said.
"Right now my focus remains on winning the two remaining group stage matches and hoping that those teams win which will help us qualify."
The Gladiators currently sit at the bottom of the points table, having won only three of eight matches.
The defending champions will be playing their next match against table-toppers Multan Sultans at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium today.