Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has been roped in as a mentor for Lahore Qalandars for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
The role of Akhtar would be to primarily work with the young fast bowlers in the Qalandars’ squad, alongside another former Pakistan pacer and the franchise director Aaqib Javed.
42-year old Shoaib Akhtar, who has represented Pakistan in 46 Tests and 163 ODIs, was revealed as the team’s mentor by Lahore Qalandars chairman Fawad Rana during a press conference in Lahore on Friday.
“I am honored to announce that Shoaib Akhtar has joined Qalandars family and he’ll mentor our players,” said Fawad.
Shoaib Akhtar said that he’s excited to be part of Lahore Qalandars and aimed to train young fast bowlers, spotted by the franchise during the players development program Jazz Rising Stars.
“I am honored and privileged to be a part of this, extremely excited and thrilled,” he said.
“I want fast bowlers to perform aggressively and will mentor these bowlers to become what a fast bowler should be,” said the former bowler who was once the fastest bowler in the cricketing world.
The fast bowler from Rawalpindi also praised Lahore Qalandars’ talent hunt program, saying that it would promote new talent and serve Pakistan in the longer run.
“I have never seen a talent hunt program of such huge scale in my career,” said Shoaib.
The third edition of Pakistan’s T20 tournament is slated to begin on February 9 next year. (ANI)