Pakistan Room at The Oval inaugurated

A galaxy of former Pakistani Test cricketers was joined by the former British Prime Minister John Major at the opening ceremony of the Pakistan Room here at The Oval on Saturday.

Dedicated to the legendary Fazal Mahmood, the Pakistan Room is located in the OCS Stand of The Oval, one of the historic venues in the cricket world.

Placed at a central position in the room is a portrait of Fazal Mahmood, who took 12 wickets in Pakistan’s memorable triumph over England on the tour of 1954. The room also has photographs of Hanif Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq and few others of Pakistan’s top performers in international cricket.

The inauguration ceremony of the Pakistan Room that has become a reality due to the financial support of the local Pakistani community was hosted by the Surrey County Cricket Club (SCCC).

A plaque and portrait of Fazal Mahmood was unveiled during the event in the presence of former Test cricketers Imtiaz Ahmed, Hanif Mohammad, Aleemuddin, Wazir Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas and Rameez Raja.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Britain Dr Maleeha Lodhi and the Director of Board Operations (PCB) Abbas Zaidi were also present.

Major, an avid cricket fan, spoke on the occasion saying that he still remembers the day when he, as a young boy, saw Fazal Mahmood in action at The Oval on Pakistan’s 1954 tour. Fazal took six wickets in each innings of that Test to finish with match-winning figures of 12-99.

The SCCC Chief Executive Paul Sheldon said: It is wonderful how Surrey and The Brit Oval are able to commemorate such an important piece of cricketing history. The Pakistan room will be a permanent reminder of our close links with our friends from Pakistan and its cricketers, past and present.”

Several former Pakistan cricketers have played for Surrey including Waqar Younis, Azhar Mahmood, Intikhab Alam, Mohammad Akram and Mushtaq Ahmed.

Pakistan enjoy the best record out of any touring team at The Oval, winning three of their previous five matches here including the last two on the 1992 and 1996 tours.
Source:The News

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