Asif Iqbal returns to Sharjah Cricket Stadium
MUMBAI, FEB 13: Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal is all set to return at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Former CBFS (Cricketers' Benevolent Fund Series) co-coordinator will be in attendance for the PSL (Pakistan Super League) matches commencing this week in UAE (United Arab Emirates).
Speaking exclusively over telephone, he said, "Will be visiting Sharjah stadium for the first time since leaving CBFS nearly 20 years ago".
"It's an invitation I got from Karachi Kings team owner, Salman Iqbal which I accepted and looking forward to seeing, for the first time, PSL matches live in Dubai and in Sharjah".
"Visiting the Sharjah stadium is going to be nostalgic as I have been an integral part along with so many unsung people who worked very hard in creating CBFS and successfully putting Sharjah on the cricketing map. I have so many wonderful and fond memories of the great time I spent working with some very kind and honest people".
Citing most memorable moments of Sharjah, he says, "Miandad hitting a six off Sharma to beat India and amazing knock of Tendulkar against Australia".
Describing about his association with the CBFS, he says,
"It was a chance meeting with Bukhatir and it was his brain child. When he asked me to work for him on his idea, I couldn't refuse".
"CBFS two big contributions.. first is the honouring of retired and forgotten cricketers of the subcontinent and the role it played in the formation of Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Bukhatir, the creator of CBFS had the vision and delivered. He was fortunate to have Qasim Noorani as his lieutenant without whom CBFS would have never achieved the records it did", he further added.
"It's a shame that Indian team is not playing in Sharjah. It was India and Pakistan cricket boards that gave the CBFS the support it needed and built it into a global event in which team from every cricket playing country participated".
"Looking forward to visiting the Sharjah stadium", Asif Iqbal, 75, concluded.