Pakistan captain Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan have joined Harvard Business School's executive education programme on the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports (BEMS).
Babar and Rizwan are the first cricketers to join the prestigious programme.
The list of celebrities who have taken the course previously include footballers Kaka, Edwin van der Sar, Gerard Pique, Oliver Kahn, NFL’s Brandon Marshall, NBA’s Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade and Major League Baseball’s Alex Rodriguez.
Babar and Rizwan will participate in the programme from May 31 to June 3 at the Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. The duo will also engage with the various communities in the US after the program till June 13.
"It is a huge honor to represent Pakistan on such a prestigious global stage. We are going to the BEMS program at Harvard to learn from the best of the best in the world – both in terms of faculty and program fellows – and at the same time to share our journey and learnings with everyone. I am certain that this will be an exciting journey, and I look forward to sharing our learning and experiences with the next superstars of the cricket world," Rizwan said.
Meanwhile, Babar also echoed similar thoughts.
“I am a lifelong learner and I have had detailed chats about this program with Prof. Elberse and [Talha] Rehmani. My inspiration for joining this world-class program at Harvard is to connect, explore, listen, learn, grow, and give back to the community worldwide. I am sure there are scores of things to learn from the amazing athletes and top business executives from the entertainment, media, and sports industries who are coming from corners of the world," said Babar.
Talha Rehmani, the founder and CEO of sports talent management company Saya Corporation, will also be part of the programme.
The programme will be chaired by Professor Anita Elberse, one of the youngest women ever to earn tenure at Harvard Business School.
“I am delighted to be able to welcome Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan to the Harvard Business School and to the BEMS program,” said Elberse. “We think the other participants will benefit greatly from their experiences as world-class athletes with a strong interest in the business world.”