Multan Sultans is the new franchise in Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the tournament next year will now feature six teams instead of five. The addition of a new team sounds exciting however, the fact that the franchise owners have decided to employ Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis (W’s) in the same dressing room is a development that I have found difficult to comprehend.
Wasim Akram has been appointed as the Cricket Operations Director whereas Waqar Younis will be the mentor and head Coach. There is no denying the fact that both former cricketers are the pride of Pakistan still, the development is bound to raise a few eyebrows to say the least.
Here is a list of three reasons why by having both Ws in the same dressing room the franchise has got it wrong from the word go.
3. No Batsman amongst the Key Figures
While appointing Wasim Akram as the Team Director Islamabad United ensured the head coach was Dean Jones who is a renowned former batsman from Australia. Moreover, it was also understood that Wasim Akram will be the dominant figure in the dressing room and hence, will have the luxury of making key decisions. Thus, they had the right balance to get going.
In case of Multan both, the Team Director and the head coach are former fast bowlers who flourish best when allowed to dominate. From the look of it there is no doubt that the franchise already has too many cooks for the same soup!
2. A History of Rivalry
Anyone who has ever followed the game knows that the two Ws were fierce competitors during their playing days and their rivalry often became a source of anxiety for those managing the game in the country.
With the kind of history that they share the decision it seems is bound to backfire at some point.
1. Not Beneficial for PSL
Both of them have retired long time back still, the dream Wasim vs Waqar contest would have been on had they been representing two different sides and there is no doubt that PSL would have benefitted more from such a scenario.
With both giants in the same dressing room, Multan would be very lucky if they are somehow able to mend their differences and not leave juniors feeling confused and intimidated.