Quetta Gladiators rope in legendary Viv Richards as Team Mentor

Karachi: Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Quetta Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar is confident that the addition of legendary Sir Vivian Richards as ‘Team Mentor’ would boost the team’s hopes of claiming the title in the inaugural edition of the event.

The legendary West Indian dominated bowlers for almost 15 years between 1975-1990 with his brave batting displays and won over the crowd wherever he went with his extra-ordinary batting displays.

“There aren’t many players who come close to the stature and aura of Viv Richards and he would certainly give us the cutting edge to win the title with his knowledge of the game,” Nadeem said.

“He was intimidating and daunting in his playing time and he still possess the same charisma. We’re sure that once he would work with our players and sit at our stand, the opposition would be on the backfoot as they would know that Viv is mentoring our guns. I’m sure that he would turn the good into better and the better ones into the best ones.”

In his glittering career, Viv played 121 Tests amassing 8540 runs with a staggering average of 50.23 scoring 24 tons and 45 half-centuries.

He was well ahead of the time and played at a brisk strike-rate even in that era as he accumulated 6721 runs in 187 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) at an average of 47 with strike-rate of 90.20.

The right-handed opener scored 11 centuries and 45 fifties in the one-dayers and is still regarded as one of the most fearsome batsmen of all-time.

He would join the team directly in the United Arab Emirates.

“It isn’t only me or our team management which are delighted. Our players are also excited that they will have a chance to work with him on one to one basis. He would bring the aggression with him and hopefully it will have a trickledown effect on the whole team,” he added.

“We’re in contact with other legends of the game and trying to form the best possible overall team to ensure we’re one of the strongest contenders for the championship.”