Former Pakistan seamer Umar Gul has replaced Abdul Razzaq as Quetta Gladiators' new bowling coach for the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Gul, who called time on his professional career at the end of the National T20 Cup last year, has played for Quetta Gladiators in the first two PSL seasons. He will link up with head coach Moin Khan and team mentor Viv Richards in the Quetta backroom staff.
Razzaq's association with Gladiators has come to its conclusion after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided against issuing a NOC to national coaches of provincial sides. Razzaq is at the helm of affairs for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the domestic set-up, having coached them to a title-sharing campaign in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
"We looked at both local and foreign options and felt that Gul will prove to be the best choice for us because of his understanding of modern-day cricket. He dominated the best players of the world in T20 format so he would be a perfect guide to our bowling group,” Moin stated.
“I would also like to wish best of luck to Razzaq for his future assignments as he served the team really well," he added.
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Gul donned the Pakistan jersey in 47 Tests, 130 ODIs and 60 T20Is, making the most impact in the white-ball formats. His prowess in 20-over cricket saw him play a crucial role in Pakistan's 2009 World T20-winning campaign.
Gul last played for Pakistan in September 2016 as a spate of injuries derailed the latter half of his international career.
Young Gladiators pacers such as Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah and Usman Shinwari will benefit from playing under the supervision of Gul as he assumes responsibilities ahead of the next season set to begin on February 20.
“I’m thrilled to join one of the best PSL franchises in Quetta Gladiators," reacted Gul to the signing. "They have some amazing young bowlers and I can’t wait to work with them. I want to thank Nadeem Omar and Moin Khan for believing in me and giving me this massive opportunity."
The Sarfaraz Ahmed-captained Gladiators failed to qualify for the playoffs in PSL 2020 after finishing fifth on the six-team table. They have bagged some prominent overseas players like Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn and Tom Banton this time around for the glamorous event.