Shoaib Akhtar Promises To Improve Cricket Structure In Pakistan
By CricShots - Feb 20, 2018 9:13 am
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The lack of involvement of former Pakistan greats in the growth of country’s cricket has been criticised a lot in recent times and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have taken the allegations pretty seriously now as they have appointed former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar as their brand ambassador.

Shoaib Akhtar becomes the brand ambassador of PCB

Pakistan’s former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is enjoying the prospect of playing a role in improving his country’s cricket structure. After the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that chairman Najam Sethi had appointed him as an advisor on cricket affairs and brand ambassador, the pacer said he would do his best.

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Talkin about his vision for the PCB, Shoaib said, “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.”

The PCB chief is also expected to announce former skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq, as another advisor to the board. Akhtar said that he had affirmed for the position because he felt that Sethi sincerely wanted to do good for Pakistan cricket and the success of the Pakistan Super League was proof of this. Akhtar, who has been a strong critic of the cricket structure in Pakistan, said it was good if former cricketers were involved in helping the board improve the system.

Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja were previously the brand ambassadors of PCB

PCB forgets earlier brand ambassadors

Sethi, while announcing Akhtar’s employment said he had taken the decision because the fast bowler was a big name in international cricket and had good knowledge of the game. Interestingly, the PCB, while designating Akhtar, has not extended the contracts of former legends Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja as brand ambassadors of the PSL.

Najam Sethi said that since all franchises of the PSL had appointed their own brand ambassadors there was no need for the board to have PSL brand ambassadors.

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Akhtar, during his cricketing days, was always at critical about the decisions of the board on disciplinary issues and also faced bans and fines.

But after Sethi took over as chairman, he ordered the board to repay Akhtar seven million rupees, which were subtracted from the PCB on the recommendations of a disciplinary hearing sometime back.