The year 2019 continues to be an unpleasant journey for Pakistan sports fraternity, worsened now with the passing away of Rehanullah Siddiqi, a noted sports editor, renowned for both flair of writing and jovial nature.
The death of Ashiq Qureshi in Lahore (Punjab) on Friday, November 1, closes a chapter on one of Pakistan’s most dedicated cricket administrators. Four weeks away from his 70th birthday, he suffered a cardiac arrest which proved fatal.
Dr. Khadim Baloch, one of Pakistan cricket’s most passionate observer, author, correspondent and leading literature and memorabilia collector, passed away aged 80, on Monday morning at Colchester General Hospital, after a prolonged illness.
The Saturday evening at Lahore Spices on Upper Tooting Road, London, proved a lively affair for Pakistan cricket enthusiasts. The presence of Sarfraz Nawaz and Asif Masood – two of the country’s premier new-ball bowlers of the 1970s – was enough to guarantee a captive audience.
With all eyes on Pakistan’s fluctuating fortunes in the 2019 World Cup, Zaman Park, Lahore was in mourning, in the month of June, as it said farewell to two of its noted cricketers – Humayun Zaman and Ijaz Khan.
A former Pakistan ODI player, Akhtar Sarfraz, lost his battle with blood cancer on Monday at the age of 43 in Peshawar, causing shock waves in the cricket circles. Apparently he had not shared details of his illness with wife or his two sons.
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.