Interview :Syed Qalbe Muhammad
Photos : Shahzad Jafri
Mian Azmat Hussain was born on 22nd August 1947. He started his education at St. Paul School and Islamia College. Later on he qualified as a Chartered Accountant from UK. Mian Azmat has been a Vice President for KCCA on several occasions including treasurer. Mian Azmat promoted other games also like Judo, Karate, Tak Wando. Mian is very famous in all over Pakistan regarding his financial and technical support to organize cricket and run one of the most prestigious clubs “Mian Azmat Professional Cricket Club” and gave a lot of super starts to Pakistan Cricket. Mian Azmat Professionals invited players from all over Pakistan to play in the club. The another patron of his club was Ansar Javed Toor who was born on January 04, 1951 started his education in Govt. High School Punjab and B.Sc. from Karachi. He flew for American Air Force subsidiary Civil Air Petrol in USA. These two gentle man also with Naseer Pasha (Manager, Coordinator MAP), the main source for running the club introduced the legends of Cricket in International Arena without his innovations and enthusiasm MAP would have never achieved the greatness it did. We caught them at Karachi Gymkhana and discussed the lot of cricket and tribute his services for this country.
Mian Azmat Hussain said in 1981 we made one cricket club with the help of six founding members, Capt. Amjad Hussain Faizi, Ansar Javed Toor (Faizi),Mian Shoukat Hussain, Capt. Aijaz ul Haque, Ateed Riaz, called Thursday (Jumairati) Cricket Club. We booked KPI ground and started playing cricket. After that we started net practice in our office plot.Former Sports Minister Dr.Muhammad Ali Shah, Dr.Faiz Muhammad Khan, Qazi Shabbir and various other prominent people played in our team as well also supported MAP club. We started Mian Azmat Professional Club. When we didn’t pay any player at that time but we pormate talent for introducing a healthy competition for young cricketers to promote young talent which was provided by GREAT Ishaque Patel (Advisor MAP) with his keen eye and observation. Our only motive was to produce quality cricketers and we succeeded in that. The only way to improve cricket is to pick the right talent without being bias but self centered motivation is destroying Pakistan Cricket. Our selection criteria at all levels is very weak you can imagine that Leg and Offspinners are the backbone of Indo Pak Cricket. If there action was wrong how they come to International Cricket. Umpires skills from grassroots level till top are not satisfactory. The down fall comes to cricket because our legends want to work only for money which incidentally with respect and fame was given to them because of Pakistan . They don’t want to transfer their talent to groom the young generation. Closing of departments is destroying our Cricket Culture. Professional cricketers based on their salaries how can they survive without income. I personally suggest that Prime Minister should ask Cricket Authorities to revert back to Departmental Cricket and put more emphasis on schools, colleges,universities and club cricket. Mian Azmat and A.J. Toor said discrimination with minorities in Cricket is unbearable. Players motivation is only to play for his country. The darkest era of our cricket is that not a single minority player is selected in any region. There is a need of law to pick two talented minority cricketers in the squads of all regions. Stupid commercialism is dangerous for the game. PCB needs to give respect to former cricketers and invite them in all matches so more crowd will come, see and meet their heroes. Mian Azmat Professionals is the pioneer of Karachi Gymkhana Ramzan Tournament but we are not even invited in the prize distribution ceremony anymore. PSL is not a long time beneficial for Pakistan Cricket because we get only few players for this league and still they do not fulfill the expectations, as well as the good talent is being wasted. We need to establish cricket to bring in people like good Administrator Arif Ali Abbasi and good cricketers, Nadeem Yousuf, Sajid Abbasi and so many others. Wrong decision to removed Sarfraz Ahmed from all sorts of crickets at once he should have been removed if necessary slowly, another wrong decision taken by PCB is appointing Misbah Manager & Coach. Why? Don’t we have other professional cricketers in country to hold and accept the responsibilities without being bias.