Quetta Gladiators are set to make a significant change to their coaching structure ahead of the 2024 Pakistan Super League (PSL) season. Moin Khan, the team’s head coach, will transition into the role of team director, while Shane Watson is reported to take on the head coach position after recently being released from his role as assistant coach with the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Watson, a former Australia all-rounder, previously played for the Quetta Gladiators from 2018 to 2020 and was part of the squad that won the PSL title in 2019. He is expected to bring valuable experience to the coaching staff, especially considering his previous success with the franchise.
According to reports from ESPNcricinfo, an agreement has been reached between Watson and the Gladiators, with an official announcement expected in the coming days. This move follows other coaching changes in the PSL, including Islamabad United’s recruitment of former New Zealand and Royal Challengers Bangalore team director Mike Hesson.
It remains to be seen whether Watson’s appointment will lead to further changes in the coaching personnel or the captaincy structure at Quetta Gladiators. With the upcoming PSL Player Draft, Watson will have the opportunity to shape his side according to his vision.
The Quetta Gladiators have already made moves in preparation for the upcoming season by trading pacer Naseem Shah for two players – Abrar Ahmed and Mohammad Wasim Jnr. With these changes, the team is aiming to improve its performance and make a strong push for the playoffs under Watson’s guidance.