Word is finally out that despite the controversy surrounding his performance in the recent Indo-Pak Test and ODI series, Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar will play for TVS Motor Company.
During his sojourn to India last month, Akhtar is said to have joined Sachin Tendulkar and Aussie paceman Brett Lee for recording the advertising campaign for TVS Motor Company's latest motorcycle, the Victor GLX 125.
Initially, speculation was rife about the reason for the mysterious trip across the border by the `Rawalpindi Express' to Mumbai.
Mr Venu Srinivasan confirmed that all the three cricketers have been roped in to endorse the new TVS bike. The bowlers will team up with Sachin Tendulkar, who is already a brand ambassador for the Victor GL, to endorse the GLX 125.
The advertisement is being handled by Saatchi & Saatchi. While the filming has been completed, the campaign itself is expected to be on air by the end of this month or early June.
Company officials said that the GLX 125, which has the new 124.8-cc VT-i engine, is almost two bhp more powerful than the Victor GL and would have much better street presence. The Victor GL is positioned as a no-frills bike that delivers good stability and consistent performance.
However, for the GLX, TVS needed to enliven the image and reposition the brand ambassador to reflect more youthfulness and speed, company officials said.
The much-awaited Sachin-Shoaib showdown at the just concluded India-Pakistan cricket series proved to be a damp squib. For cricketing fans who were disappointed with that confrontation, this one, courtesy TVS Motor, may provide some entertaining moments.