Quetta Gladiators is a Pakistani professional Twenty20 cricket franchise that competes in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). They were the champions of PSL 2019. The team is nominally based in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, Pakistan. The franchise was established in 2015 as a result of the formation of the PSL by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The team’s home ground is Bugti Stadium. The Quetta Gladiators is captained by Sarfraz Ahmed and coached by former Pakistani wicket-keeper Moin Khan while West Indian legend Viv Richards is team’s mentor and batting coach and Azam Khan is team’s manager. Abdul Razzaq is team’s assistant coach.
The leading run-scorer of the team is Shane Watson while the leading wicket-taker is Mohammad Nawaz.
In December 2015, the Pakistan Cricket Board unveiled the owners of all five city-based franchises for the inaugural season the Pakistan Super League. The Quetta franchise was sold to the Karachi-based company Omar Associates for US$11 Million.
The team name and the official logo were revealed on 6 January 2016 in Quetta during a ceremony held by team owner Nadeem Omar. The logo depicts a variant of the ancient Roman ‘Galea’ helmet, worn by gladiators during their fights. The helmet is flanked by two bats that are poised as gladiatorial swords. The team’s primary kit colours are Purple and Golden. The kit was revealed on 7 January 2016 in a launch ceremony held in Quetta.
The team’s chant is Kai Kai Quetta, which is taken from the war cry, Kai Kai, coined by the Baloch Regiment during World War II. It literally translates to ‘we are coming’.