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Rossouw Replaces Sarfaraz As Captain; Here’s Quetta Gladiators Probable XI Vs Peshawar Zalmi

image-lspvcucwQuetta Gladiators players during PSL 2023 [X.com]

The revamped Quetta Gladiators will open their PSL 2024 campaign against Peshawar Zalmi on February 18. The much-awaited contest will be staged at the iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

The franchise recently announced South African batting star Rilee Rossouw as their new captain, thus replacing franchise veteran Sarfaraz Ahmed in the process.

A couple of days prior to the launch of PSL 2024, the Gladiators' management also announced Saud Shakeel as Rossouw’s deputy going ahead into the tournament.

Gladiators probable XI for PSL 2024 clash vs Zalmi

While Quetta Gladiators boasts of a number of overseas stars, two key figures, namely Will Smeed and Akeal Hosein, will likely miss their opening game courtesy of their commitment to MI Emirates for the final of the ILT20 2024 season.

Longtime opener Jason Roy will once again be expected to open the innings. With Smeed not in the playing XI, the Gladiators might well opt for belligerent uncapped batsman Sajjad Ali. The cricketer, who made his T20 debut a couple of months ago at the age of 30, strikes over 143 in the format with an average of 36.83.

As per our prediction, captain Rilee Rossouw, his deputy Saud Shakeel, West Indies star Sherfane Rutherford and former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed will likely helm the team’s middle order.

Fast-bowling all-rounder Mohammad Wasim can club a few in the death overs and will be expected to bat after Sarfaraz. Sohail Khan and Mohammad Amir will helm Quetta Gladiators’ pace attack, while Usman Qadir will start as their primary spin option.

Quetta Gladiators Probable Playing XI vs Peshawar Zalmi

Jason Roy, Sajjad Ali, Saud Shakeel (vc), Rilee Rossouw (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sohail Khan, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Usman Qadir