Quetta Gladiators team mentor Sir Vivian Richards was beaming after his side claimed the 2019 title in Karachi on Sunday, one that he has put down to the togetherness of the squad.
Having finished second in the league stage, Quetta beat Peshawar Zalmi in the Qualifier before defeating them once more in the final to be crowned champions. Richards claims their first title in a third final appearance is a product of hard work.
“This is what we work hard for. (We) must thank Nadeem Omar (Quetta Gladiators owner), the backroom staff, everyone who’s walked on the field. We were a family, and we sustained – that’s what it’s all about,” the 67-year-old said after the victory.
Richards hailed the experience in Pakistan, reserving special thanks for former cricketer and current Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“It’s great to come to Pakistan and feel loved. My good friend is now your Prime Minister, and we must thank him and his staff too.”
The West Indies batting legend highlighted the wealth of fast bowlers that has shone throughout the tournament.
“I’ve always said Pakistan have some good fast bowlers, it’s given the youngsters the chance to see the talent in their country.
“My love to Pakistan, I can feel the love. Thank you so much,” he said signing off.
Quetta all-rounder Dwayne Bravo applauded the efforts of his team as a whole while singling out captain Sarfraz Ahmed and youngster Mohammad Hasnain for praise.
“It was a great, great team effort. Special mention to captain Sarfraz, his bowling choices were different. In Hasnain, Pakistan have another young talent.
“PSL is the one title I had never won before, so happy to tick another one off my list.”
Peshawar owner Javed Afridi was disappointed with the result but was encouraged by the success of the Pakistan leg of the tournament.
“We’ve lost, but we are happy that the PSL came to Pakistan and gave the people of Karachi joy. (We) must give credit to my team for the way they’ve played this season, to reach the final. It’s been an amazing season.”
He also touched upon the possibility of the league being played entirely in Pakistan next season.
“The way PM Imran Khan said that PSL will be completely played in Pakistan next year, then we stakeholders need to work in the off-season to bring PSL matches to cities beyond Karachi and Lahore.”
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