Renowned sports promoter and CEO of Omar Associates, Nadeem Omar, manages one of the leading business groups in Pakistan, Omar Group of Companies (OGC ) which is actively involved in various business projects throughout Pakistan & abroad. Starting out mainly in the construction arena Mr. Nadeem Omar has always had a passion for cricket and sports of all kinds, whether indoor or outdoor. He acquired the rights of Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) Quetta franchise for a 10-year period at $1.1m per year. Promising his fans to put Team Quetta on the map, emerging as a powerhouse in the PSL with the best players in the entire league, he stayed committed to his words and showed the nation what teamwork is all about. A personality with Extraordinary Inter-Personal Skills, a Positive Attitude, Mature Approach being Smartly Dressed, Patriotic and Down to Earth- Mr. Nadeem Omar; CEO, Omar Associates.
BM: Introduce your company to us.
Nadeem: Omar Associates was established in 1969 by my grandfather as a construction business. Presently my father, Jamshed Omar, is the Chairman and we siblings are all on the board of directors. We are now planning to go to Baluchistan to extract resources like gold & copper which are in abundance there. If we get a chance to work over there we can easily clear all the debts due on the economy of Pakistan within two years but, for that we need a team and accessibility.
BM: What was the reason behind stepping into this industry, passion or co-incidence?
Nadeem: As I have told you that Omar Associates is a family business, so it is obvious that at some point I had to join it but, cricket has always been my passion. Omar Associates has always supported the Pakistan Hockey team morally and financially. Currently, I’m the president of the Pakistan Cricket Club and have a desire to make an institute in Pakistan which will support cricket and promote it because there are no credible institutes till now.
All the leading banks have their particular team but they are not helping take sports forward. In my opinion, sports has an equal importance as education. The only way to give an indulgent image of Pakistan is through sports. I really want the youth to participate in sports rather than on social media. Teenagers today don’t prefer outdoor recreational activities anymore. They prefer playing indoor sports like video games on portable devices. This is the reason why most of the players in sports are from villages and small towns because they are not privileged enough like our children.
As everyone is well aware that Omar Associates bought the team “Quetta Gladiators” in PSL, and that they played very well. We are now going to start an “All Pakistan Athletics” to find the fastest men and women in Pakistan, for which we have planned to build camps all over Pakistan, as there’s a lot of unexplored talent in Pakistan.
BM: What was the reason behind buying team Quetta Gladiators and why not any other team?
Nadeem: The first reason of buying Quetta Gladiators was that my in-laws are from Quetta and secondly, I thought that we served a lot to Karachi but cities like Quetta and Balochistan have always been neglected, as for that reason we are now planning to build academies in Quetta and in South of Gawadar or Hub. We have approached coaches from different countries like Ian Pont who is quite willing to coach.
The platform which we got for Quetta Gladiators proved to be beneficial for Pakistan. Furthermore, people stated that even though Islamabad won the PSL, Quetta won our hearts, so it was a very pleasing experience.
CRICKET CIVILIZES PEOPLE AND CREATES GOOD
GENTLEMEN. I WANT EVERYONE TO PLAY CRICKET;
I WANT OUR TEAM TO BE A NATION OF GENTLEMEN
BM: Did PSL affect your team in a positive or negative way?
Nadeem: The positive side was that when we contributed in this tournament some players were rewarded in the form of cash. Our talent was showcased, the world saw our indulgent image and PSL was a great success. People of Pakistan had never seen a league like this before. India has executed 9 leagues but none of them were as energetic as PSL. However, the negative side was that all of us knew our franchises would bear a loss but we all wanted to do something for our country, thus we were ready for it. After the success of the first edition, everyone is eager to buy a team now but, unfortunately there are no teams available.
BM: PSL was a great venture, one of the biggest for our country. Do you think you gained recognition after this League?
Nadeem: Quetta Gladiators was the only team that had experienced players. Many players like Safaraz Ahmed, Asad Shafiq, Anwar Ali, Muhammad Irfan and others had been playing from our club since a very long time. Hence, I would agree that by the much hyped PSL, we are now recognized all over the world.
BM: Do you think PSL played an important role in reviving the cricket fever?
Nadeem: Yes! It did. I think people were losing interest in cricket. We had no idea that we will be getting this much response from PSL and that it would be such a huge success. This was undoubtedly a healthy competition as it built a lot of interest in cricket. PSL has now become our premium tournament. I wish to see our team play well internationally too.
“THE WAY A TEAM PLAYS AS A WHOLE, DETERMINES ITS SUCCESS. YOU MAY HAVE THE GREATEST BUNCH OF INDIVIDUAL STARS IN THE WORLD, BUT IF THEY DON’T PLAY TOGETHER, THE CLUB WON’T BE WORTH A DIME.”
BM: What will Omar Associates surprise us with next?
Nadeem: Pakistan Veteran Cricket Association is our initiative and through that we will try to revive the school of cricket. Once “All Pakistan Cricket Association” will be made then, I promise you it shall provide all the needed support, as I believe that our local talent should be in the limelight as well. This is not only for cricket; I want this to benefit all other sports in the country also.
BM: Any message that you would like to give to our upcoming leaders of the market?
Nadeem: Firstly, keep your intentions pure and secondly, realize that you need to give something back to this country. There are people who have done a lot for this country like “Edhi Sahab”; we all should be like him. We should work for the betterment of the quality of our education as it is on a downfall, where Urdu has also lost its significance, to a great extent. Therefore, school policies should promote Urdu more rather than English, as we should be proud of our national language.