A Test Victory to Savour - England v Pakistan at Lord's
Pakistan team’s 9-wicket win in the opening Test at Lord’s, will stand out for the fact that each member of the playing eleven plus substitute fielder Fakhar Zaman, whose well-judged catch at mid-wicket, sent back Ben Stokes on Saturday afternoon, could claim to have made their individual contribution in inflicting a defeat over England
An outstanding achievement by a team, clearly coming into the game as underdogs, has triggered joyful response from all around the world, more so in London, for both the players and the team management
Majid Usman, a Londoner and a tourist on 1972-73 Pakistan tour to Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand, adds his comments
‘It was a comprehensive win by a very young Pakistan side who outplayed England. Unexpected for we knew they will struggle on English wickets, particularly so early in the summer, but hats off to them. What I like about this team, what I saw over the course of the four days, is the team spirit. There are no groups in the team as was so often the case in the past. I can go back to my days with the Pakistan team and as recently as 2010 when there was no harmony, so essential to give yourself a chance in overseas conditions.
‘The selection with the 2018 squad is merit-based as both chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and head coach Mickey Arthur have left some players behind for their lack of fitness and for their fielding to be of below the international standard. The team seems to have gelled together so well after their initial Test win against Ireland at Dublin and even the absence of the team’s leading spinner Yasir Shah, who I understand is injured, Wahab Riaz and Umar Akmal has not been felt. I am eagerly looking forward to the Leeds Test.
Dalawar Majeed, proprietor of Tandoori Kebab Centre (TKC) in Broadway, Southall, West London, has had the honour of inviting and catering for Pakistan team members since the 1980s. TKC invariably comes under spotlight when Pakistan team is touring England. It also enjoys a reputation as a hub for celebration whenever Pakistan cricket team does well, regardless of where they are playing
The recent Test win was no different when I spoke to him, ‘We Pakistanis have a real passion for cricket and I am so glad with the Test victory. We arranged a birthday party for captain Sarfraz Ahmed, before the Test match. I was present at Lord’s on all four days and was honoured to be given the respect by both the players and the management. I was very proud to have catered for the winning Pakistan cricket team and on behalf of Southall community, I congratulated the players and the management on this historic win. I am also pleased to share with you the fact that the tourists have also endorsed ‘Honey Zaheer & Penny Appeal’ – a project to feed the homeless in London.’
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