In a groundbreaking move, Pakistani cricketers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have become the first-ever players to participate in the prestigious executive education programme at Harvard Business School.
Their involvement in the programme, which focuses on The Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports (BEMS), not only highlights their dedication to personal growth but also serves as an inspiration to their fellow classmates, including renowned athletes like Kamaru Usman and Francis Ngannou, who have taken a keen interest in cricket.
From May 31, 2023 to June 03, 2023, both Babar and Rizwan attended classes on the esteemed Business School campus in Boston, Massachusetts.
The conclusion of their time at Harvard was commemorated with a memorable farewell picture, featuring the duo alongside their classmates, which included esteemed athletes such as Kamaru Usman, Francis Ngannou, Jameis Winston, and Cesar Azpillicueta.
This unique moment showcased the convergence of cricket, mixed martial arts, American football, and football, exemplifying the diverse backgrounds and passions of the participants.
During their time together, Babar Azam graciously presented his Gray-Nicolls bat to Francis Ngannou as a gesture of friendship and camaraderie across different sports. Sharing the photo on Twitter, Babar added a caption that read, “When champions like @francis_ngannou, @USMAN84kg, and @jaboowins are considering cricket, perhaps it’s time for @iMRizwanPak and me to explore another sport. What do you think?”
This groundbreaking initiative by the two cricketers is poised to inspire a new generation of athletes, encouraging them to pursue education alongside their sporting careers.
Anitael Berse, a respected instructor at Harvard Business School, praised her recent students and Pakistani cricketers, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, for their remarkable achievements.
Taking to her Instagram account, Anitael shared a captivating photo featuring a group of champion athletes from various sports, including cricket, soccer, UFC, football, and baseball.
The photo sparked great excitement among fans who were thrilled to see Babar and Rizwan alongside some of the world’s greatest athletes. This historic collaboration between sports and academia is sure to leave a lasting impact on the sporting community.