A spring Sunday afternoon in Birmingham. The Forward Drive cricket academy, housed in a converted garage not far from the Edgbaston ground, is teeming with local children from different communities. One group of younger children is playing catch with a thin teenager wearing glasses. They are totally absorbed in the activity and clearly delighted when he gives them any praise.
On the eve of the Lord’s Test, Sheikh Sarbuland, with a life-long association with cricket, emerges as a patriotic Pakistan supporter, in a league of his own, Furnished with home-cooked Aaloo parathas, in the joyful company of friends
9.40am Saturday 13th January was the moment Faisalabad cricket lost one of its esteemed cricket figures: Shaukat Abbas, a first-class cricketer, administrator, coach and umpire, breathed his last, four days short of his 72nd birthday.
The notion, ‘world is a global village’, has further strengthened with the social media sources, facebook, whatsapp, twitter, etc. at the tips of our fingers, allowing instant connectivity with people, regardless of their location.