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Shane Watson Replaces Moin Khan As Head Coach For Sarfaraz Khan-Led Quetta Gladiators

image-lptqeefhShane Watson in full flow for Quetta Gladiators during PSL 2019 (x.com)

Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson is set to take over as head coach of Quetta Gladiators for next year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024 season. Watson previously served the franchise as a player between PSL 2018 and 2020.

The 42-year-old will be replacing Moin Khan, considering the former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman has been appointed as Team Director instead.

Shane Watson replaces Khan at Quetta Gladiators

Quetta Gladiators legend Shane Watson is set to re-join the franchise, albeit as their head coach for the 2024 PSL season next year. The former Australian all-rounder has already reached a deal with the franchise, as per recent reports.

Notably, the announcement marks Quetta Gladiators first change as head coach since the inaugural edition of the PSL. Moin Khan previously served the franchise as its primary coach in each of their first eight tournament appearances until he was appointed as Team Director for PSL 2024.

Shane Watson joined Quetta Gladiators as a player ahead of PSL 2018 season, thus bringing his two-year association with Islamabad United to an end. The charismatic Australian all-rounder emerged as one of Gladiators’ star performers during their victorious run in PSL 2019, where he scored 430 runs while maintaining a strike-rate of over 143.

Watson also bagged the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award that season, thus underlining his vital contributions to Gladiators’ lone PSL triumph to date.

On December 6, the franchise took to their social media accounts and teased Watson’s return to the franchise with a vague caption. While a deal between the cricketer and the franchise has already been reached, the Gladiators in their caption wrote:

🛬🔜 #GladiatorArrival 👀 Can you Guess?

The PSL 2024 season is slated to commence on February 13 next year. The much-awaited event marks the ninth chapter of the tournament.