Afridi is first choice for Quetta’s PSL outfit: Nadeem Omar

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Renowned sports promoter and team owner, Nadeem Omar, who recently lapped up the Quetta franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), said on Saturday that he will be aiming to sign up seasoned all-rounder Shahid Afridi as the first choice player for his team.

“I fully realise the star power and the explosive abilities of Shahid Afridi that could pull in the crowds in great numbers anywhere around the world. So I have no doubt in my mind that he will be the first player our Quetta team will be looking to sign up for our PSL campaign.”

Sounding quite excited about the high-profile league which is set to commence from February 4 next year, Nadeem said he will be keen to bring the hitherto neglected Balochistan region into the mainstream of Pakistan cricket by building a really strong and competitive Quetta team in the PSL.

“I remember well that when Rajasthan Royals started off in the Indian Premier League (IPL), no one was really prepared to give them a serious chance as a top contender,” recalled Nadeem.

“But they went onto to surprise the best by bagging the title in the opening season.

“I intend to shape up my Quetta side on a similar pattern in the PSL and Inshallah we will make people sit up with our performance and will make all out efforts to make Quetta’s PSL outfit a household name in Balochistan and the entire country,” he concluded.