KARACHI: With the culmination of Ramazan, a month-long marathon of local Twenty20 tournaments came to an end with all the major cricket clubs and departments finally being able to draw breath after a gruelling schedule.
For all these days, cricketers pushed themselves to the limit to do well with most of them fasting. Nevertheless, the players participated in two matches during the day while on many occasions they went on to play night tournaments as well.
A huge amount of money was spent by the teams to bring in the best players of Pakistan, but in the end the Omar Associates swept all the major honours as they won the Dr MA Shah Night Trophy, Advance Telecom 3rd Corporate T20 Cup and the prestigious Karachi Gymkhana tournament.
Their domination revolved around the likes of skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan, Akbarur Rehman, Mohammad Waqas, Fakhar Zaman, Sheryar Ghani, Fawad Khan, Misbah Khan, Rumman Raees Khan, Faraz Ahmed Khan, Adnan Kaleem, Zain Abbas and all-rounders Anwar Ali and Saad Nasim. The majority of these players were a part of the Pakistan Cricket Club (PCC) and have been playing together for several years.
“We’ve become champions in many events because we believe in having a good team rather than famous individuals,” PCC secretary Azam Khan, who looks after Omar Associates as well, told The Express Tribune.
“Several Test and international players wanted to become a part of our team but we didn’t take them on board as we wanted performers, not big names. Our strategy and self-belief paid off as we won all the major tournaments.”
Khan further appreciated Nadeem Omar – the owner of the team – for being cooperative and an active fan of cricket.
“Nadeem has been actively supporting cricket for several years and could be the right man to hold the post of Karachi City Cricket Association chief. He enjoys a good reputation and has strong contacts that could help attract sponsors as well.”
The only major tournament that the Omar Associates did not feature in was the Advance Telecom Ramazan T20 Cup, eventually won by HBL.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 9th, 2013.
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