Former legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has left his job as a director of the Islamabad United franchise in order to join a new franchise of Multan for the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Akram’s manager Arsalan Shah said that the former left-arm pacer has decided to part ways with Islamabad after a couple of successful stints with them.
“We have left Islamabad United and are officially signing with another franchise this week,” Arsalan was quoted as saying by Geo Tv.
When asked which franchise Akram is planning to join, Arsalan said that they are negotiating with many franchises but special treatment has been reserved for Multan.
“We have been in talks with Multan for some time and also plan on holding discussions with other franchises. A decision will be made this week,” Akram’s manager said.
There were speculations surrounding the fact that Akram had already made up his mind to join Multan but the franchise’s marketing manager Hammad Ilyas denied the same.
“These are all rumours. We haven’t considered him for any position yet,” he said.
However, he conceded that the franchise is extremely excited to know Akram’s idea of joining Multan for the 3rd edition.
“We are just excited to hear all the rumours. We are still in the process of setting up a team and nothing has been locked yet. We are looking at big names but nothing has started yet,” he added.
Meanwhile, Akram who guided Islamabad United to a title glory in the first season was praised by former captain Misbah-ul-Haq for the way he handled the infamous spot fixing scandal during the second edition of the tournament which saw many top players being suspended for their alleged involvement in the misdeeds.
Akram is the greatest left-arm pacer of all time and his record is a sheer testimony to his achievements in international cricket. He is the leading wicket taker in ODI’s with 502 scalps behind his name and has also bagged 414 Test wickets at an impressive average of 23 in both Tests and ODI’s.