Akram is slated to sign on the dotted line on 20 October in Delhi
after which will join the ESS 'Few Good Men' commentary team during
the England-Bangladesh series starting Tuesday, October 21, 2003.
ESS had signed another top cricketer Sourav Ganguly on 15 September
to co-host the 'Samsung Cricket Show' making Ganguly the first playing
captain ever to co-host a TV show.
"We are extremely delighted to announce that Akram would shortly
be joining our 'Few Good Men', affirmed ESPN Software India managing
director RC Venkateish.
ESS' 'Few Good Men' has so far drawn on the experience of two of
the greats that have wielded the willow in the gentlemen's game
- Sunil Gavaskar and Sir Geoffery Boycott. Akram's understanding
of modern day cricket issues is expected to add to that by offering
a bowler's perspective to the viewers.
Akram made his debut in 1984-85. In a career that has spanned nearly
20 years, he played 104 tests, claiming 414 wickets and scoring
2898 runs with a highest score of 257. He is today the highest wicket
taker in ODIs with 502 victims to his credit, at an average of 23.5,
in 356 matches.
He has bowled to every single top rated batsman currently playing
the game, which places him uniquely vis-à-vis, all the commentators
in the world. In addition, his understanding of the conditions in
the Indian subcontinent and international experience will make for
exciting analysis. "Akram has a huge fan following in the subcontinent
as well as across the globe. We are delighted to have him on board,"
Venkateish further added.
Incisive analysis from the 'Few Good Men' will mark India's away
tour of Australia beginning December 2003 and ending February 2004
- the tour is being touted as the most important series in the near
ESS will also be relaying a live broadcast of the West Indies tour
of Zimbabwe in October 2003, the Pakistan tour of New Zealand in
December 2003, the West Indies tour of South Africa from December
2003 to February 2004, the Bangladesh tour of Zimbabwe in January
2004 and the South Africa tour of New Zealand in February 2004.