Moin Khan blames dew for Quetta’s poor bowling against Peshawar

Faizan Lakhani

Karachi: Quetta Gladiators’ head coach Moin Khan on Friday said that the playing conditions are not favourable for teams bowling second during the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 matches at the National Stadium.

Talking to media after his side was beaten by Peshawar Zalmi in a high-scoring thriller, the 49-year-old said that it was because of dew that the bowlers were unable to bowl properly.

“Our batting is doing well and putting good totals on the board but unfortunately, our bowling is unable to deliver the way it should have,” he said. “It is mainly because of the dew factor that isn’t allowing them to have a proper grip on the ball.”

Moin was disappointed with the team’s fielding and said that poor performance in that department cost Quetta the match. “In such conditions, especially when you’re bowling second and there is dew involved, your fielding plays an important role,” he said.

“We dropped a catch of Haider Ali who then scored a fifty and we missed many run-out [chances]. We should’ve done better in fielding,” the former Pakistan captain added.

Quetta have lost all three matches they have played in the sixth edition of PSL so far and remain at the bottom of the points table.

Moin said that the team was working hard in every game and will try its best to bounce back in matches to come. He reminded the bowlers that if conditions are unfavourable, then they should also try variations.

The Gladiators coach also praised captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and said that the wicketkeeper-batsman was working hard.

“Sarfaraz is a wonderful professional and has always played well for the team, be it Gladiators or Pakistan,” he said. “He has always stepped up whenever team wanted him to do well.”

PSL 2021: Moin Khan blames dew for Quetta’s poor bowling against Peshawar