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.
Known as one of the fastest bowlers in the world - Akhtar's international career spanned over 14 years. He represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, picked up 178 scalps. In 163 ODIs, the Rawalpindi-born pacer picked up 247 wickets at an impressive average of 24.97.
Commenting on his appointment, Akhtar said he was honoured to be a part of Qalandars and that he is now looking forward to the challenge ahead.
"I'm honoured and privileged to be a part of Qalandars. Extremely excited and thrilled. Haris is from Pindi and he is the find of Aaqib Javed. Aaqib knows a talent when he sees one," ESPNcricinfo quoted Akhtar as saying.
The third edition of Pakistan's T20 tournament is slated to begin on February 9 next year.
(With Agency Inputs)