Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)—Najam Sethi has appointed Shoaib Akhtar—world’s fastest bowler as his advisor on cricket and as the brand ambassador of the Pakistan Cricket Board. He has not extended the two-year contract of the previous brand ambassadors of the HBL-Pakistan Super League (PSL)—Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram.
While conversing with a local newspaper on Saturday, Najam Sethi said that Shoaib Akhtar has been appointed as he has gained enough respect and is a big name in the world of cricket as a fast bowler, additionally he also has got a good knowledge of the game.
Chairman PCB added that one more ambassador and advisor on cricket would also be selected soon. However, he did not reveal the name of the second ambassador and advisor. It was learnt from sources that Misbah-ul-Haq—the most successful captain was in talks for the position.
Misbah has been chosen as the ambassador of the newly built Pakistan Liver and Kidney Centre Institute—Lahore, on Friday.
If Misbah-ul-Haq gets the job of the ambassador and advisor then it would be a deadly combination of defence and aggression, as Shoaib Akhtar is well-known for his aggressive style both on and off the filed while Misbah is in comparison a very calm person generally and known to have a defence mindset.
Najam Sethi told that all the HBL PSL franchises have got their own separate brand ambassadors so that kills the need for Pakistan Cricket Board to continue with Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja as the brand ambassadors who had completed their two-year contracts. Answering one of the questions Sethi replied both Wasim and Ramiz are also not keen on continuing with their jobs.
Moreover, Chairman PCB informed that strict measures have been adopted to make sure that the third edition of the PSL is conducted smoothly. He said the staff that would be monitoring the activities of all the franchises and would be keeping a check on the security issues has also been increased to avoid any mishaps. He added that as three significant matches would be held in Pakistan, so more security officials would be needed.