Wasim 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 he will be reuniting with Waqar Younis
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 will 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.
We bid farewell to Wasim, thank him for the first 2 seasons & wish him the best for Multan. Watch out for more news on #ISLU‘s PSL3 strategy
— Islamabad United (@IsbUnited) August 1, 2017
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.