PSL 9: Sarfaraz Ahmed 'out of danger', says Gladiators' manager

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Atique ur Rehman
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Sarfaraz Ahmed holds his head after being struck by a ball. — YouTube/Geo News/ Screengrab
Sarfaraz Ahmed holds his head after being struck by a ball. — YouTube/Geo News/ Screengrab

Quetta Gladiators’ wicketkeeper batter Sarfaraz Ahmed, who sustained a head injury during a match against Multan Sultans earlier on Sunday, was out of danger, his team manager Azam Khan confirmed later in the night.

Giving details about his health, Azam said: “All of Sarfaraz Ahmed’s [medical] reports are clear and his health is improving.”

The doctors have allowed the batter to travel, the manager said, adding that Sarfaraz was heading to Karachi along with his teammates.

“Will update on availability of Sarfaraz in next match [soon],” Azam added.

Earlier today, Sarfaraz had been ruled out of the PSL season 9 match between Sultans and Gladiators after a ball struck his head during the last over of Multan’s innings.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Sajjad Ali replaced him as a keeper.

In his absence, Sultans beat Gladiators in a nail-biting clash at the Multan Cricket Stadium.

Mohammad Rizwan’s men successfully defended the 181-run target courtesy of their accuracy with the ball as the Gladiators’ batters failed to hurt their opponents.

Chasing the target, the Gladiators started slowly as they could only score 8 runs in the first two overs against Mohammad Ali and David Willey. 

Jason Roy became Ali’s victim in the third over, Saud Shakeel followed him soon enough after losing his wicket to Willey in the sixth over, leaving his side 42-2.

After losing two wickets, skipper Rilee Rossouw and youngster Khawaja Nafay held their nerves stayed at the crease and formed a 60-run partnership.

Gladiators had the command of the chase but Rossouw’s unexpected dismissal turned the tide in Sultans’ favour. The wickets kept falling and the visiting side could only score 167 runs in the allocated overs, ending up tasting their first PSL 9 defeat by 13 runs.