Jake Weatherald, the terrific opening batter who plays List-A and first-class cricket for South Australia, is also a crucial part of Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BBL). The batter is set to experience a new league journey out of BBL as he is chosen as a contestant for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League (PSL 6).
Gladiators, who have been struggling since their initiation of the ongoing season, have won four out of five matches. They believe Weatherald would be an essential addition to the team extracted from the Strikers.
He will be playing under the experienced skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed, who is lauded with praises for his leadership qualities. Many believe Sarfaraz is an ‘essential part of the team taking the co out of the barriers to lift the trophy multiple times.
Sarfaraz has unlocked multiple achievements for team Pakistan for example, no other captain has beaten India in the final of the ICC tournament. The 34-year-old became the first Pakistani to do so back in 2017 facing the men in blue under Virat Kohli in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy.
He has won the U19 World Cup 2006 along with having the notable names of Imad Wasim, Ramiz Raja, Anwar Ali, and Nasir Jamshed. He also has triumphed PSL 2019 leading the Gladiators. Keeping the tenure in the head, Weatherald has presented his desires to play under his captaincy in the PSL 6.
Jake Weatherald loads Sarfaraz Ahmed with praises
He uttered that numerous international players heap praises on Sarfaraz for his character as he commands the team by an example. The Aussie has termed him as an animated player.
“He [Sarfaraz] looks like a very animated character, which is awesome for the team. He is someone who leads by example. Obviously, I have had a chat with some of the international players that have played against him and have had conversations with him. They all have said that he is an awesome person and someone that you can approach and wants the best for the team. I think that is something that I really value in a captain,” Weatherald said.
“I have watched him play Test cricket and do amazingly well. I have also watched that Champions Trophy final match when they won it. It is pretty amazing that I will get to rub shoulders with someone, who has been there and done it against some of the best in the world and also led the Pakistani team to some great success. I am still young, so I will try to learn from him and ask questions about how he led his team to success. He will be a really cool person to be around and I am really excited to potentially play with him but also just to talk to him,” he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that the event is to resume from the first week of July as it was called off after fourteen matches amidst the bio-bubble violations.