Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen might be seen in a very prominent role together with his previous franchise Quetta Gladiators within the next edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2021).
Interacting with a bunch of journalists via video link, Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar said that he had been up-to-date with Pietersen and would rope him certain the following season.
Pietersen hadn’t featured in any PSL matches that were played in Pakistan in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons before he retired from the sport.
But Nadeem believes matters and perception of Pakistan have changed and earlier this year, it paved the way for the primary PSL season that saw all matches being played in Pakistan.
“KP has had the identical realisation,” Nadeem said. “I am in ready touch with him and may tell you that he includes a different perspective about Pakistan now. We have already got Sir Vivian Richards as a mentor and also the presence of KP will only improve our camp. We’ll open up a slot for him next season.”
The latest PSL season, which has been interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak at the semi-finals stage, was the primary edition during which Gladiators did not make the ultimate four.
Nadeem expressed displeasure over the style during which Gladiators’ ace batsman Umar Akmal was sidelined just hours before the beginning of the season.
“I was suddenly summoned during wee hours and was told about solid evidence against him. I used to be stunned but now it came out as an easy case of non-reporting. I feel it absolutely was a touch harsh on Gladiators to be bereft of a key player on such a charge,” he observed.
Nadeem also put his weight behind the Pakistan Cricket Board’s will to criminalise fixing in Pakistan.
He recalled the return of Mohammad Amir, from the ban in 2015, and shared that the left-arm paceman was regretful after the suspension and jail term for the spot-fixing episode of 2010.
Amir, after completing his five-year suspension, resumed at the Grade-2 circuit [the tier below the first-class level], with Nadeem’s outfit Omar Associates in 2015.
“Amir told me that in his case, there’s a robust lesson for other players to grasp and refrain from wrongdoings,” he recalled.
Nadeem also expressed his viewpoint on Ahmad Shahzad’s reservation regarding his batting position and said that he partially agrees with the right-handed batsman but couldn’t do very much like the presence of Jason Roy and Shane Watson meant the opening slots were occupied.
“Ahmad has been an incredible performer but couldn’t click this year, he said. “His reservation regarding the batting slot is somewhat understandable however I feel he’s adequate to perform at any position.”