Pakistan Cricket Board denies reports of offering Shoaib Akhtar a major role
Akhtar recently quoted that he had a few discussions with the board regarding a major role.
Updated - Sep 12, 2020 12:13 pm
On 10th September, Shoaib Akhtar mentioned that he has been approached for a major role by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Though he indicated that nothing has finalized yet, but the speculations were on an all-time high. There were rumors that Misbah-ul-Haq, the chief selector of the national team will vacate the spot as the former speedster was all set to join the management. Now, PCB has quashed all such rumors.
All of this started after the Rawalpindi Express expressed his dissatisfaction over the lack of aggressive approach by PCB. While speaking on his YouTube channel, Akhtar said that Pakistan cricket needs an aggressive thinker like him, who can change the team environment. He has been quite vocal about his thoughts on Men in Green and has been criticized a lot for praising Indian cricketers on his YouTube channel. After this, in another video, he claimed that he is in talks with PCB but nothing is finalized yet.
The pacer had mentioned, “I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet. Yes, there have been some discussions. I can reveal only this much but nothing concrete as yet. But talks are still on. I have not said yes neither have they (PCB) said yes.”
Now, PCB has stepped into the matter and denied any offering to the former cricketer. As per Pakistan journalist Saj Sajiq’s recent tweet, the PCB has quashed all such claims.
Despite some recent reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board says that they are not considering Shoaib Akhtar for any role #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 11, 2020
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