Dedication Personified - Tajamul Hussain
Rawalpindi-based, Tajamul Hussain, a close associate of Zakir Hussain Syed, provided him with accurate scorecards of Pakistan international matches for the former’s columns for The Cricketer (International), for well over a decade. He then also worked as office secretary and as a program co-ordinator with Zakir, development manager in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in 2001-02.
In March 2002, Tajamul performed his duties as organizer cum liaison officer in ACC sponsored international cricket development seminar. He participated in cricket management and administration course in Lahore and also in Bob Woolmer coaching course run by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). With the shifting of ACC head office from Islamabad to Malaysia in June 2003, Tajamul was appointed program co-ordinator/office secretary with the development manager, ACC in Kuala Lumpur, for a three-month period.
Syed Tajamul Hussain, was born in Attock (Punjab), on March 15, 1957. A resident of Tench Bhaata, Rawalpindi, his own cricket kicked off at Muslim HS, Saidpur Road, under the watchful eye of Professor Mukhtar. He would spend 8 years in the school, before passing his matriculation and then enrolling at Degree College, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi.
Good natured and one of gentle demeanour, ‘CaptaanJee’ as he is respectfully addressed by his juniors, Tajamul remains a popular and well respected figure in the club cricket scene. Also dubbed as ‘Chota Asif Iqbal’, due to physical similarities with Pakistan all-rounder, Tajamul was a right-hand opening batsman and bowled off-spin when required. He rates his match-winning unbeaten 50, with a ball to spare and last pair in, against a club in Lahore on a cement wicket, as his most noteworthy contribution with the bat.
Tajamul’s management skills came to good use in various clubs, some of which he captained himself, including Royal Cricket Club and Green Eleven. The subscriber had a first hand knowledge of his calm authority, having played under him, in the 1982-84 period, in Green Eleven.
Tajamul’s younger brother Haider, orthodox slow left-arm spinner, accompanied him in the above two clubs whereas other brother Naseer, a wicket-keeper of merit, chose to play in another club. In the three decades of his association with the game in Rawalpindi, Tajamul actively pushed for talented boys to aspire for higher recognition.
Having spent 36 years in government service, including a spell in Ministry of Tourism and various roles including senior private secretary in Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, he retired in March 2017.
Tajamul is among 5 sons and two daughters of Syed Alamdar Hussain, who, retired as an admin officer from Military Engineering Services (MES), in 1983.
He himself is married with three children.
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