Wasim Akram leaves Islamabad for Multan, Waqar Joins Too

Wasim Akram Multan SultansWasim Akram will join the Multan side for the third edition of the Pakistan Super League after he gave up on his role as the mentor of the Islamabad United squad.

And while there was news he was to be joined by Waqar Younis, the latter has decided not to make the move.

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Waqar admitted there had been discussions between him and the side, but it hadn’t worked out.

“I have been in discussions with them but sadly we didn’t reach a final agreement. They [Multan owners] are good people and I was delighted to have an offer mainly because the idea of reuniting with Wasim Akram was fascinating.”

“Both of us working for the same cause of cricket for the same team would have been great. I wish Wasim-bhai very good luck with his plans to form his own team.”

He added:

“Wasim-bhai will make whatever team they put together and probably I don’t come in that plan… which I have probably never been in his plans.I always wanted to be part of Multan because it’s linked with where I am from, the city and region of South Punjab where I am from, so it’s unfortunate.”

The former left-arm Pakistani fast bowler, who was credited with the way United played in the first season of the PSL – Islamabad won the title in that first season – was a part of the set-up since the start of the tournament in 2016.

Speaking to the media, Akram’s manager Arsalan Shah said: “I can confirm to you that Wasim Akram has left Islamabad United.”

According to a few reports online, Akram was in talks with other franchises as well, but has decided to join the sixth franchise that will be on show in the third PSL season. Multan have been the latest addition to the Pakistan Super League and will hope that Akram can guide their side to glory as well.

Younis was to be Multan Sultans’ mentor and head coach while Akram will be the cricket operations director of this new franchise.

The duo played together as Pakistan’s top fast bowling pair, and took 1705 international wickets between them across formats, and their coming together will be the first time they will be a part of the same team.

Islamabad United are yet to reveal who they are thinking of replacing Akram with, and according to unconfirmed reports, the names of Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasuriya and Brian Lara are being considered.

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