On the day that the National Stadium, Karachi (NSK) celebrated its 66th birthday as an international cricket venue, it was time to remind ourselves of the brains behind its creation, back in the amateur days of the game in 1955.
One of gentle nature, Mian Pervez Akhtar, a first-class cricketer and a well-known administrator of the game, passed away on April 27. The 68-year old right-hand opening or middle order batsman, a product of Minto Park, Lahore, was a victim of coronavirus, a worldwide pandemic.
In September 2011, the writer alongside Abdul Dyer and Arslan Mirza, paid a visit to legendry Pakistan opening batsman, Hanif Mohammad. The great batsman of the bygone era, on his annual visit to U.K. was staying with his family in Wembley, London.
The ancient city of Multan, as the hub of cricket in southern Punjab, ought to have produced many more international stars than they have, since emerging as Division, in the new administrative set-up in 1958.
A personal recollection of Minto Park, now named Greater Allama Iqbal Park, takes one to the late 1960s with wrestlers grappling opponents, who after an oil massage, would enter the Akhara - fray made up of soft soil.
Pakistan cricket team management at present, consists of six coaches – Misbah-ul-Haq (head), Shahid Aslam (assistant),Younis Khan (batting), Waqar Younis (bowling), Mushtaq Ahmed (spin bowling), Abdul Majeed (fielding) – that usually accompany the national team, both at home and overseas.
Mian Said Ahmed Shah, an international umpire and an eminent cricket figure in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan, passed away on February 5, following a prolonged illness. The 80-year old leaves behind, a legacy of a kind, thoughtful Pashtun, in a number of roles in both education and sports.