Former Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has been appointed as the Quetta Gladiators bowling coach ahead of the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine.
At 40 years old, Tait brings coaching experience from his time with the Afghanistan cricket team during the 2021 T20 World Cup. He also served as Pakistan’s bowling coach from March 2022 to January 2023.
Expressing his enthusiasm, Tait mentioned his excitement about working alongside talents like Mohammad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Hasnain, and Mohammad Amir in a video shared by Quetta Gladiators. He also looks forward to collaborating with the renowned Shane Watson.
Quetta made changes in their coaching setup, appointing Shane Watson as the franchise’s new head coach and transitioning Moin Khan to the role of Team Director from his prior position as head coach.
Khan, a crucial figure in the team’s coaching setup since the PSL’s inception, took on this new role after eight years as head coach. During his tenure, Quetta claimed the championship in 2019 and secured runner-up positions twice, showcasing consistent success and growth.
The Gladiators made significant moves before the PSL 9 draft on December 13. They traded players like Rilee Rossouw (from Multan Sultans) and Abrar Ahmed and Mohammad Wasim Jr. (from Islamabad United), while Naseem Shah (to United) and Iftikhar Ahmed (to Sultans) departed from the team.
Their draft selections included retired Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir as the top pick and West Indies’ hard-hitter Sherfaine Rutherford in the Platinum category.
The Quetta Gladiators’ roster for the upcoming season includes a mix of seasoned players and promising talents: Sherfane Rutherford, Mohammad Amir, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Jason Roy, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammad Hasnain, Abrar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Sajjad Ali Junior, Usman Qadir, Omair Bin Yousuf, Will Smeed, Khawaja Nafay, Adil Naz, Akeal Hosain, and Sohail Khan.