I hope his association with PMG can be a stepping stone towards helping him fulfill his immense potential, Gavaskar said  © IANS
I hope his association with PMG can be a stepping stone towards helping him fulfill his immense potential, Sunil Gavaskar said © IANS

The 17-year-old cricketer from Mumbai, Sarfaraz Khan who made his presence felt in the sport with an impressive performance for the Royal Challengers Bangalore during the eighth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), signed a massive three-year deal with the legendary Sunil Gavaskar’s company, Professional Management Group (PMG). The deal was finalized on Thursday, just after a couple of days after the youngster quit Mumbai to play for Uttar Pradesh. Photo: Suresh Raina holidaying in Nainital

While the firm refused to disclose the actual amount, a report from Times of India revealed that the deal is a worth Rs 2 crore. The teenage batsman, who was bought by RCB in the auction for Rs 50 lakh, in IPL 8, will have all his commercial dealings managed by PMG now. The company had also signed up another talented kid sportstar, Prithvi Shaw, after he made a record 546 in inter-school cricket, in November 2013. A few years back, PMG had roped in star bat Virender Sehwag too.

“I have had the pleasure of watching Sarfaraz bat on a few occasions and he certainly comes across as an exciting young talent. I hope his association with PMG can be a stepping stone towards helping him fulfill his immense potential,” Gavaskar said. READ: Sundar Raman is an employee, not decision-maker, Anurag Thakur says

Sarfaraz, who has been doing well so far at every level and was the top run-scorer at the 2014 Under-19 World Cup is way too excited.” I am very happy to sign up with PMG. To be associated with a company run by one of India’s greatest ever cricketers will surely help me take my career to the next step,” he said.

Recalling his first meeting with Gavaskar, Sarfaraz told: “I had met him after scoring 439 as a 12-year-old in a Harris Shield inter-school tournament game in 2009. His simple advice to me, which I’ve followed till date, was that to remain fresh and focused on my cricket, I should sleep by 9 pm.” READ: MS Dhoni among world’s most marketable sports personalities