پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ نے ملک کے نامور سماجی کارکن عبدالستار ایدھی کی سماجی خدمات کا اعتراف کرتے ہوئے فیصلہ کیا ہے کہ انگلینڈ کے دورے میں ٹیم ون ڈے اور ٹی ٹوئنٹی میچوں کی شرٹ پر ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کا ’لوگو‘ آویزاں کرے گی۔ پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ کے چیئر مین شہر یارخان نے جمعہ کو لاہور میں منعقدہ تقریب میں ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کے لیے پانچ لاکھ روپے جبکہ نجم سیٹھی نے پاکستان سپر لیگ کی جانب سے پانچ لاکھ روپے کی رقم عطیہ میں دی۔ اس موقع پر پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ کے سپانسر ’پیپسی‘ نے بھی دس لاکھ روپے کے عطیے کا اعلان کیا۔
پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ کا کہنا ہے کہ وہ سماجی خدمات کے سلسلے میں اپنی ذمہ داری سے بخوبی آگاہ ہے اور اسے خوشی ہے کہ وہ اس ضمن میں ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کے ساتھ مل کر کام کرے گا۔ ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کے ٹرسٹی سعد ایدھی نے پاکستان کرکٹ بورڈ کے اس جذبے کی تعریف کی ہے اور کہا ہے کہ پاکستانی ٹیم کی شرٹ پر ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کے لوگو کے ذریعے دنیا ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کی خدمات کے بارے میں زیادہ آگاہ ہو سکے گی۔
پاکستان کے تینوں فارمیٹس کے کپتان مصباح الحق، اظہرعلی اور سرفراز احمد نے پاکستان کی ون ڈے شرٹ سعد ایدھی کو پیش کی۔ اس کے علاوہ پاکستانی کھلاڑیوں کے دستخط والا کرکٹ بیٹ بھی انھیں پیش کیا گیا جس کی نیلامی سے حاصل ہونے والی رقم ایدھی فاؤنڈیشن کو ملے گی.
بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، کراچی
Mohammad Yousuf formerly Yousuf Youhana, یوسف یوحنا; born 27 August 1974) is a Pakistani right-handed batsman. Prior to his conversion to Islam in 2005, Yousuf was one of only a few Christians to play for the Pakistan cricket team. Yousuf was effectively banned from playing international cricket for Pakistan, for an indefinite period by the Pakistan Cricket Board on 10 March 2010, following an inquiry into the team’s defeat during the tour of Australia. An official statement was released by the Pakistan Cricket Board, saying that he would not be selected again on the grounds of inciting infighting within the team.On 29 March 2010, Yousuf announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, a direct reaction to the indefinite ban handed out to him by PCB. However following Pakistan’s disastrous first Test against England in July/August 2010, PCB decided to ask Yousuf to come out of retirement.
Yousuf was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan to a family who had converted from a Hindu low caste Balmiki to Christianity. His father Youhana Maseeh worked at the railway station, the family lived in the nearby Railway Colony. As a boy, he couldn’t afford a bat and so swatted his brother’s taped tennis ball offerings with wooden planks of various dimensions on surfaces masquerading as roads. As a 12-year-old, he was spotted by the Golden Gymkhana, though even then only circumstances dictated his ambitions and never thought of playing cricket, to make a living. He joined Lahore’s Forman Christian College and continued playing until suddenly giving up in early 1994. For a time he tried his luck driving rickshaws in Bahawalpur.
Yousuf, hailing from poor background, was plucked from the obscurity of a tailor’s shop in the slums of the eastern city of Lahore to play a local match in the 1990s. His well-crafted shots attracted attention and he rose through the ranks to become one of Pakistan’s best batsmen. He was set to work at a tailor’s when he was pulled back by a local club was short of players. They called him to make up numbers and made a hundred which led to a season in the Bradford Cricket League, with Bowling Old Lane, and a path back into the game.
Conversion to Islam
Until his conversion to Islam in 2005, Yousuf was the fourth Christian (and fifth non-Muslim overall) to play for the Pakistan cricket team, following in the footsteps of Wallis Mathias, Antao D’Souza and the Anglo-Pakistani Duncan Sharpe. He also has the distinction of being the first and so far only non-Muslim to captain the country, leading the team in the 2004–05 tour of Australia where he scored a century in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He converted to Islam after attending regular preaching sessions of the Tablighi Jamaat, Pakistan’s largest non-political religious grouping, whose preachers include Yousuf’s former team-mate Saeed Anwar and his brother.
His wife Tania converted along with him and adopted the Islamic name Fatima. However, the news was kept private for three months due to family reasons, before his announcement of their conversion publicly in September 2005. “I don’t want to give Yousuf my name after what he has done”, his mother was quoted as saying by the Daily Times newspaper. “We came to know about his decision when he offered Friday prayers at a local mosque. It was a shock”, his mother was reported as saying. However, Yousuf told the BBC that “I cannot tell you what a great feeling it is.” As part of his conversion, Yousuf officially changed his name from Yousuf Youhana to Mohammad Yousuf. Former Pakistan cricketer and sports commentator Rameez Raja, who himself is Muslim, acknowledged the significance of Yousuf’s new faith: “Religion has played an integral part in his growth not just as a cricketer but as a person.”
Saeed Anwar born 6 September 1968, Karachi) is a former Pakistani opening batsman and occasional Slow left arm orthodox bowler who played international cricket between 1989 and 2003. He played 55 Test matches scoring 4052 with the help of eleven centuries, averaged 45.52. In 247 One Day Internationals (ODIs) he made 8824 runs at the average of 39.21. He made twenty centuries in ODIs which are more than any other Pakistani batsmen in this format.
Anwar got a pair at his Test debut against the West Indies in 1990, and scored 169 runs in his third Test against New Zealand in February 1994. In 1998–99, he became the third Pakistani to carry his bat through a Test innings, and scored his highest Test score of 188 not out. He made four ODI centuries at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, including three consecutive during 1993–94. Anwar scored two successive hundreds on three different occasions in his career. He is most notable for scoring 194 runs against India in Chennai in 1997, the highest score for that time, and now the joint fourth highest individual score in an ODI. Anwar participated in three Cricket World Cups, and captained Pakistan in seven Tests and 11 ODIs. In August 2003, he announced his retirement from International cricket.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year – 1997
An opening batsman capable of annihilating any bowling attack on his day, Anwar was an attacking batsman in ODI matches and once settled in Test matches, scored quickly and all over the field. His success came from good timing. Anwar became famous for his trademark flick. He was able to lift a ball that had pitched outside off stump for six over midwicket. Anwar’s timing and ability to score quick runs made him a crowd favourite. In 1997, when he was as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year, the cricket almanack Wisden described him that he “moved his front foot and head well across, then his wrists hovered, hawk-like, over the advancing ball, extending further and further as if they were elastic if the ball was slanted ever more away from him, before the bat flowed into a square-drive to the boundary”.
Anwar captained Pakistan in seven Tests and 11 ODIs, but his performance as captain was average.
Records and achievements
Main article: List of international cricket centuries by Saeed Anwar
- Named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1997.
- Opened in 32 ODI innings with Aamir Sohail for Pakistan, in 1994–95, the most consecutive by a Pakistan opening pair and fourth overall.
- The third Pakistan batsman after Nazar Mohammed and Mudassar Nazar to carry his bat in a test innings. He scored unbeaten 188 runs in the match and Pakistan won the match by 46 runs. it was also the highest Test score by a Pakistani on Indian soil which was surpassed by Younis Khan in 2005.
- Anwar (194) and Charles Coventry (194*) shared the record for highest individual score in an ODI match until it was overtaken by India’s Sachin Tendulkar (200*) against South Africa on 24 February 2010.
- Anwar scored two or more successive hundreds on four occasions, and made 20 hundreds in One Day Internationals as a Pakistani opening batsman.
- He holds the highest Test batting average (59.06) of any Pakistani against Australia in Test matches.
He announced his retirement from International cricket on 15 August 2003, after he was dropped from the squad for the upcoming One-Day International tournament in Sharjah.
Mohammad Javed Miandad born 12 June 1957), popularly known as Javed Miandad , is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1975 and 1996. He is Pakistan’s leading run scorer in Test cricket. ESPNcricinfo described him as “the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced”. He has served as a captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is widely known for – his historic last ball big sixer against India in 1986, when 4 runs were required to win – winning an international game in that fashion for the first time. After his playing career, he has remained the coach of Pakistan cricket team at various occasions, as well as held positions in the Pakistan Cricket Board. He had three coaching stints with the Pakistan national team.
After the retirement of Asif Iqbal following a loss of a series to India, 22 years old Miandad was made the captain of Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) preferred him over the senior cricketers like Zaheer Abbas, Sarfraz Nawaz, Majid Khan and Wasim Bari who were still playing. He faced a little opposition but his first two series as captain, in 1981/82, included a win against Australia, and a credible 0–1 loss to the West Indies. After a tough tour of Australia, opposition to his captaincy gained strength, and his first captaincy period ended during the following home series against Sri Lanka.
Coaching and commentary
Miandad is one of the only individuals to have coached the Pakistan Cricket Team three times. He was first appointed coach in September 1998. Under his reign Pakistan defeated India in India (once in the Test series which ended 1–1, and once in the Asian Test Championship), won the tri-series in India, won the Asian Test Championship and won the 1999 Sharjah Cup in April. Strangely, Miandad faxed his resignation to the PCB in late April 1999, just before the 1999 Cricket World Cup. The reason for his first resignation was unknown. Many cited hiring of Richard Pybus (technical coach) and Sarfaraz Nawaz (bowling coach) as a possible reason. Others suggested unrest with senior players.
In 2000, after Moin Khan took over captaincy from Saeed Anwar, Miandad was reappointed as the coach. During his second reign, Pakistan won the Sharjah Cup (March 2000), the West Indies tri-series and the test series in Sri Lanka. Pakistan lost the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal under his reign. Miandad was removed along with Moin Khan in April 2001 after Pakistan lost the ODI series in New Zealand. There were also reports of match fixing during the preceding Test series which Pakistan drew after losing the third game.
After Pakistan’s dismal show in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, another cleanup operation was undertaken by the PCB, naming Rashid Latif as captain and Javed Miandad as team coach in March 2003. During this reign, Miandad won Pakistan the Sharjah Cup (April 2003) bereft of big names like Inzamam and Yousaf. Pakistan won the home test series against South Africa after losing 3–2 in the ODI series. Pakistan lost the home ODI series to India in 2004 and following the loss of the test series, Miandad was shown the door in June 2004, being replaced by South African Bob Woolmer. Following this he was offered broadcasting and coaching positions in India. Also in November 2010 it was being planned to give Miandad a role as a batting coach. Miandad was again appointed as a batting consultant for the 2012 twenty20 World Cup in SriLanka