Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja chosen to represent PSL as ambassadors

Published: September 4, 2015
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KARACHI: Two well-known veterans of Pakistan cricket team, left-arm fast-bowler Wasim Akram and right-hand batsman Ramiz Raja, have been selected as ambassadors for the Pakistan Super League (PSL), reported Express News.

With the announcement of event in Doha, Qatar from February 4 to 24 many international players have shown interest in representing the the five teams which will be a part of the first endeavor by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews and slinging fast-bowler Lasith Malinga are two new names which have shown their availability for PSL.

The PCB have said that some 40 foreign players will be approached to take part in the league.

Earlier, from West Indies, the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard was ready to make an appearance in the PSL, while the top two bowlers in International Cricket Council’s T20 rankings – Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree – have also shown availability for the tournament.

Dwayne Bravo is another West Indian who is interested in representing a team in the PSL.

From Sri Lanka, the veteran opener Tilakaratne Dilshan, who is famous for his unorthodox style and the ‘Dil-scoop’, is up for grabs while the Carrom-ball wizard Ajantha Mendis is also interested in representing one of the five sides in the PSL.

Thisara Perera, who was on song against Pakistan in the recently concluded series in the Island, is  another player who has expressed his interest.

New Zealand’s semi-final hero in the 2015 World Cup, Grant Elliot, will be available for the tournament as well, while Australian Brad Hodge is another player who is ready to present his services in the event.

Read: Ahmed Shehzad demands support from Pakistan cricket fans for PSL

Other players who have shown interest are the Kiwis’ James Franklin, South African Richard Levi and Roben Peterson, and England’s Tim Bresnan and Michael Carberry.

Recently, the PCB said it has received consent from over 40 international players. The event will accommodate 25 foreign players for its first edition.

In addition, top foreign coaches are also being roped in for the first edition of the PSL. The tournament will carry collective prize money of up to $1 million.

Wasim excited over Pakistan Twenty20 league

Wasim, meanwhile, said that he was excited that Pakistan would host a Twenty20 league that will give the country’s players much-needed international experience.

Wasim said on Friday that he was very keen to support the event.

“I have been offered to be the ambassador of the league and I am excited about the league as it will help our players game-wise as well as financially,” Wasim told AFP.

“Pakistan needed such a league so we all have to support the league and some good work is done for hosting this in the Gulf state and I am sure it will help lift Pakistan cricket,” he added.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Paa Ji
    Sep 4, 2015 - 10:12PM

    Good choice! Bismillah… let’s start playing cricket.Recommend

  • SNKN
    Sep 4, 2015 - 10:13PM

    It’s great news for Pakistan Cricket… Much appreciation for Pak Cricket Board and Senior legends for promoting the PSL in all forums…

    Qatar has two cricket stadiums .. The larger can hold upto 20000 spectators. And it has a cricket starved South Asian community predominantly Indians, bangladeshis and a smaller number of Pakistanis…however the tournament will be a ground breaker for cricket in Qatar and will help its drive to re-enforce its sporting image to the world.

    Pakistani community in UAE will definitely fly in on weekends in large numbers.

    Best wishes for PSL success… It’s a very exciting development for Pak Cricket and its fans.Recommend

  • Imran
    Sep 5, 2015 - 12:40AM

    Please have fool proof security. DO NOT mess this up! Recommend

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