By Lt Col Masood Alam (Retd), 2nd SSC
Editor’s Note: Lt Col Masood Alam (Retd) is from Air Def. After the retirement, he has settled in Karachi.
In 1984, I was attending Gunnery Staff Course (GSC-O/22) at AA School, Malir Cantt. Our Chief Instructor, Lt Col Jamil, was very fond of playing cricket and he had formed a cricket team of instructors. We were told that the instructors’ cricket team was very strong and had recently won many matches in Malir Cantt. Their main batsman, Maj Tahir Mahmud Qazi (Later Lt Gen), had scored a century in the last match.
Any how, I convinced the students to form a cricket team. We regularly practiced in the games period and soon challenged the instructors’ team. Our challenge was accepted and a match was held. We won the toss and elected to field. After the fall of the first wicket, in came the century maker. As luck would have it, I was the bowler at that moment. On my second ball, Maj Tahir Qazi, the century maker, was clean bowled. In came the Chief Instructor to bat and to the horror of every one, on my fourth ball of the same over, he too was clean bowled and his middle stump was broken into two pieces.
Capt Tariq Gill (Later Lt Col), who was fielding in the slips, picked up both the pieces of the wicket and started to dance. It was a very funny site and all the students were clapping with joy and excitement. Seeing this euphoria, some of our instructors got annoyed, and one senior instructor shouted from outside the ground, “Gill, Stop it.”
I shouted back from the field, “Sir, it is the game and we are just celebrating”.
We won the match by a big margin. The main contributors from our team were my two Course mates; Maj Humayun Anwar, Maj Rashid Zia Cheema and two junior officers; Capt Qazi Najib, and Capt Tariq Gill (Late). This broken wicket is one of the most prized possessions of mine, which is still displayed on one of the walls in my house. I don’t have any picture of that match but below is the photo of the broken wicket held by late Capt Tariq Gill. The photo was taken in my room in BOQs.
Here is the photo of that most talked about historical broken wicket that has been displayed on a wall in my house in North Nazimabad, Karachi.
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