Pakistan news December 23, 2015

Imran Khan to mentor Peshawar in PSL, says owner

PTI

File photo: Imran Khan and Shahid Afridi could be teaming up at the Peshawar Zalmi franchise © AFP

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has agreed to be a mentor for the Peshawar Zalmi franchise, according to its owner Javed Afridi.

"Imran Khan has become the mentor of our team," Javed told PTI, "We are overjoyed with this development as he represents the best of Pakistan cricket and we will benefit immensely from his guidance and advice.

"We want the Pakistan Super League to benefit from the legacy and vision of Imran the cricketer."

The tournament is scheduled to begin on February 4, when Peshawar will be captained by Shahid Afridi.

Imran's involvement in cricket has been quite minimum since he retired in 1992, following Pakistan's victory at the World Cup. He has since become a prominent politician in Pakistan, which might put a limitation on the time he can spend with the team.

Imran has not had much experience in the T20 format either, but Javed brushed those details aside and instead focused on how a presence like Imran's could impact the youngsters in his team.

"Even if he has not played T20 cricket it doesn't matter what is important is his insight and views on cricket and how it should be played," Javed said.

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