The Quetta Gladiators are set to take charge of cricket in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) after signing a deal on June 16, 2023. Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the promotion of cricket in Saudi Arabia.
The main detail of the Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation and Quetta Gladiators aims to promote cricket in the Arabian kingdom. Other details of the deal are not in the public yet. However, several reports claim the Quetta Gladiators on-field team, backroom staff, and administrators have different roles to play in line with the new contract.
This is a special deal and may include other special details and duties currently unknown to the media.
What Does the Saudi – Quetta Gladiators Deal Entail?
The deal charges Quetta Gladiators to handle the administration of cricket in Saudi Arabia. The PSL side will be responsible for several vital aspects to develop and standardize cricket in Saudi Arabia. It also aims to strengthen growth and proper management of cricket across teams affiliated with the Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation.
Will the Quetta Gladiators Still Be in the Pakistan Super League?
There is no indication that the Quetta Gladiators will leave the PSL after signing this deal.
How Does the Saudi-Quetta Gladiators Deal Help Pakistani Cricket?
The deal brings more awareness to the quality of cricket in Pakistan. Several domestic and premier-level teams will get greater recognition from other countries after this deal’s signing. Pakistani cricket may also see more investments from Saudi Arabia or other countries seeking improvements to their cricket administration.
The profile of Pakistan’s national team can also get a facelift with such huge investment in a popular PSL side. High-performing capped players in the Quetta Gladiators will attract greater publicity to the potential of cricket in Pakistan.
Why Did the Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation Choose Quetta Gladiators for this Deal?
The Quetta Gladiators are co-pioneers of the Pakistan Super League. Many talented players have featured for the team in recent years; and many franchises dread the prowess of Quetta Gladiators’ cricketers.
Impressive competition record
The team also mounts excellent competition against fellow PSL franchises. Quetta Gladiators have been able to snatch one title after seven (7) seasons in top-flight Pakistani cricket, missing out in the playoffs on three occasions. The PSL team also holds some of the most impressive records in national league cricket history.
The Quetta Gladiators boasts one of PSL’s best sides with stars in every position. Top cricket stars like Martin Guptill, Umar Akmal, Mohammed Hafeez, and others makes this team a highly-valuable side in Pakistani top-flight cricket.
Experienced coaching staff
Coaching staff at the Quetta Gladiators are one of the world’s most experienced. Bringing their expertise to Saudi cricket is a big win for Saudi cricket. Skilled coaches and a star-studded team guarantees a marked improvement in the administration of Saudi Arabian cricket.
Nadeem Omar has been at the helm of management for Quetta Gladiators for a while; steering the club’s fortunes to greater heights. The owner’s investment in this side has granted them massive competitive advantages against opposing PSL teams.
Stability in management, finances, recruitment, and administration is a major reason why the Saudis may have chosen Quetta Gladiators for this deal.
Political relationship with Pakistan
The relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan has grown stronger over the years. This contract between the Saudi cricket federation and a PSL team boosts the cordial relationship shared by the Saudis and Pakistan.
Who Signed the Deal between the Saudi Cricket Federation and Quetta Gladiators?
The special cricket promotion deal in Saudi Arabia was signed by a top Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation official and a Quetta Gladiators executive. Chairperson of the Saudi Arabian Cricket Federation; Prince Saud bin Mishal and owner of Quetta Gladiators, Nadeem Omar, signed the historic deal.
Will the Quetta Gladiators Relocate to Saudi Arabia after this Deal?
There are several indications that the Quetta Gladiators could open a new base at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following this signed deal. After the deal, some news agencies reported that the Quetta Gladiators franchise would move to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 22, 2023.
However, there are no indications that the Quetta Gladiators will abandon their traditional base in Pakistan in the aftermath of this deal. There is some uncertainty surrounding the details of this contract; but it is sure that the Gladiators will play an advanced; involved role in Saudi cricket based on the new agreement.