Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net earlier today, Pakistani Twenty/20 World Cup winning off spinner Saeed Ajmal stated that he was extremely pleased with his and the teams displays during the tournament in England and was looking forward to making his test debut in Sri Lanka.
“Next time, send in your mother in law to bat” or words to that effect is what Ian Botham heard as he left the field in the World Cup final in 1992.
A few months later, the same words must be floating around in his head as his mind registered the searing pain associated with a Waqar Younis toe crusher!
Well what a day it was today. I went to Nottingham to meet the Aussie team at a training session they were holding near Trent Bridge. I got there about 11.00 shortly after the session started on a beautiful day which must have reminded the Aussies of back home.
He is an unassuming sort of a chap - I met him a few years ago as he was visiting Bahrain for some coaching - As a bemused Mushtaq shook hands with me, memories from 20 years ago came rushing back - tears barely held back as I recalled when I first saw Mushtaq on a playing field in Pakistani colours...