Former Indian captain and expert, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar-owned Professional Management Group (PMG) on Thursday have announced the signing of promising batting talent Sarfaraz Khan on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. According to The Times of India, the deal is worth Rs 2 crore. It is worthwhile to highlight that Sarafraz Khan gained the spotlight as a 12-year-old for posting a record breaking score in the famed Harris Shield inter-school tournament in Mumbai.
Later, Sarfaraz displaying his superb cricketing skills, went on to leave his mark on the international stage with an impressive showing at the 2014 Under-19 World Cup where he finished as India’s third highest run-getter. He had also brightened up this season’s IPL with a memorable cameo for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Rajasthan Royals’ bowling attack comprising James Faulkner and Shane Watson.
Confirming this, a jubilant Sarafraz said “I am very happy to sign for PMG. To be associated with a company run by one of India’s greatest ever cricketers in Sunil Gavaskar will surely help me take my career to the next step.”
Sunil Gavaskar, director of PMG opined: “I have had the pleasure of watching Sarfaraz bat on a few occasions and he certainly comes across as an exciting young talent. I hope his association with PMG can be a stepping stone towards helping him fulfil his immense potential.”
Melroy D’Souza, chief operating officer of PMG said: “We are delighted to have signed Sarfaraz on board. We believe he has a bright future ahead of him and will utilise this partnership to extend all the off-field support we possibly can to him so that he can stay focused on his career.”
Let us hope that this will enhance the morale of young Sarafraz, who is expected to play a much larger role for team India in the days to come. Also it is really heartening to see veteran Sunil Gavaskar encouraging the future of team India.