Monday 18 December 2006 

Yorkshire Present Membership To Mirza Tahir Hussain

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Stewart Regan and Yorkshire players Adil Rashid and Ajmal Shahzad will present Mirza Tahir Hussain with a club membership at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Tuesday 19th December at 11.00am.

Mirza, from Headingley, spent 18 years on death row in Pakistan for accidentally killing a taxi driver in self-defence whilst travelling to the village of Bhubar on 17th December 1988. As an avid fan of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club, he managed to follow the fortunes of the club during his time in prison through newspaper and radio reports.

Amjad Hussain gave up his job as a scientist to lead the campaign for his brother’s freedom. He was helped by a number of organisations that were convinced Mirza’s trial had not conformed to international standards of fairness and justice

The tireless campaigning, including interventions from Prince Charles (who requested clemency for Mirza during a recent visit to Pakistan) and Prime Minister Tony Blair (who raised the matter personally with General Musharraf during the President’s visit to the UK), eventually resulted in Mirza’s release and his return to Leeds in November.

The membership will allow Mirza access to all of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s home fixtures at both Headingley Carnegie and Scarborough Cricket Club. He can now look forward to enjoying the club’s 2007 season and the batting prowess of Yorkshire’s exciting new Pakistani international signing Younus Khan.

The membership package is part of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s new membership scheme for 2007. ‘Options’ has made Yorkshire membership fair to all, easy to follow and great value for money

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Stewart Regan said ‘Here at The Yorkshire County Cricket Club we were delighted when we heard of Mirza’s release and that he would be returning to Yorkshire. It is hard to imagine the terrible ordeal Mirza has been through during his 18 years in prison. When we heard how Mirza had tried to follow The Yorkshire County Cricket Club whilst in prison we were thrilled to be able to give him a complimentary membership and welcome him to Headingley Carnegie Stadium.’

The association with Mirza was made possible through the Asian Express newspaper who kindly contacted the Hussain family on behalf of the club.

Gillian McGuigan
Yorkshire County Cricket Club