Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has expressed his delight over the latest stint. Popularly known as the Rawalpindi Express, he has a role to play in improving the cricketing structure in the country.
Following Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi’s announcement, Akhtar was appointed as the advisor. Owing to the cricketing affairs, he has also been named the brand ambassador. The speed gun stated that he will do his best in this venture.
Shoaib, who was elated of being able to give something back to Pakistan cricket. I am really happy to be given this position. Because I have always wanted to do something for Pakistan cricket.
“We have great talent but a structure that needs improvement,” Shoaib said.
Meanwhile, Sethi is also expected to announce former skipper Misbah-ul-Haq as another advisor on cricketing issues.
Shoaib accepted a position because he felt that Sethi sincerely wanted to improve Pakistan cricket. He further stated that the success of PSL was a proof that Sethi was trying to take Pakistan cricket forward.
In the past, Akhtar has been a critic of the cricketing structure in Pakistan. He said that it was good the former cricketer was getting involved in improving Pakistan cricket.
Sethi said that he took the decision of appointing Akhtar as he was a good name in international cricket. Further, he had a great cricketing brain and knowledge of the game.
Meanwhile, the PCB has not extended the contracts of Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raza. Both were the brand ambassadors of PSL in the recent past.
During his playing days, Akhtar was involved in several banters with the Board. He was even suspended on several occasions following rash behaviour.
However, after Sethi’s appointment, he ordered PCB to return seven million rupees to Shoaib. The money was deducted by the PCB on the issue of disciplinary hearing some time back.
Shoaib Akhtar The Fastest bowler of his generation
Akhtar was arguably the fastest bowler of his generation. Bowlers like Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Shane Bond gave him tough competition. But he was at least 2-3 km faster than the rest.
He had a stop-start career but was a consistent performer for Pakistan whenever he broke into the team.
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