Pakistan limited-over format specialist, Rumman Raees has been appointed as a vice-captain of Islamabad United in the third edition of Pakistan super league.
Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Islamabad United camp for the third edition of the PSL.
Raees has been one of the finds for Pakistan through their premier domestic T20 tournament and hogged all the limelight with his signature celebration after taking a wicket. Raees has grown leaps and bounds in International cricket since making his debut back in September 2016 West Indies.
Further, Former Pakistan spin maestro Saeed Ajmal has been appointed as the spin-bowling coach of the team.
“We’ve always aimed for this franchise to be similar to a family, and these two appointments are a continuation of that belief,” Naqvi said while speaking to the media at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.
“Rumman has come leaps and bounds from when we picked him up in the first PSL draft. And the way he has represented the franchise over the past two years made him the ideal candidate for this role,” he said.
“The same is true of Saeed. He’s been part of the family for two years and we have nothing but praise for how he has represented us. He’s a great person and a great player, and I am sure the young guys will learn a lot from him.”
Naqvi said that the team’s staff had recommended Ajmal for the role and that the franchise has “always left the cricketing decisions to the cricket people.”
The team’s head coach Dean Jones said: “We believe that Rumman is a future leader in our franchise, and more importantly, a future leader for Pakistan. We have been most impressed by him not only as a cricketer but as an individual, and we will try to develop him even further in both these aspects.
“Saeed has been our chief entertainment officer, and we have huge respect for him as a cricketer and a future coach,” Jones said.
“We have already seen him help develop Shadab Khan in PSL 2 and we want him to continue doing that. This opportunity here helps him expand his coaching skills.”
“He’s a great presence in the dressing room, and we wanted to make sure that he continued to be a part of it, and this allows us to do that,” he added.
The third edition of the PSL is set to begin in February 2018.