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.
Bahawalpur CA were the pioneers of franchised cricket in Pakistan when the elite batch of Pakistan cricketers, including Hanif Mohammad, Wazir Mohammad, Maqsood Ahmed and Khan Mohammad were invited to represent it in the inaugural Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 1953-54, which they won.