On November 14, the very talented Wasim Akram and his graceful wife, Shaniera Thompson, came to visit Kinnaird College for Women’s Studies.
He made quite an entrance in his black BMW, cruising through the excited crowd that was anxious to catch a glimpse of the former Pakistani cricketer.
As an ambassador of a blood-glucose monitoring device, Accu Chek, Wasim Akram addressed the audience about the importance of being aware about diabetes. He also talked about and discussed the different misconceptions that there are about this disease in Pakistan and cleared them up.
Wasim Akram also mentioned that when he was 29, he himself was diagnosed with diabetes. He then took it as a challenge for himself, and took a 6 month break from cricket.
After coming back from his break, Wasim Akram took more then 100 wickets in ODI and Test Matches. “That is the motivation everyone should have,” he explained to the awestruck students and faculty at Kinnaird. He stressed upon the need to exercise, not only just for the diabetic, but everyone. Since Shaniera Thompson is an Australian, he began to discuss their culture. They give a lot of importance to exercise, and begin their day in the early hours.
Wasim Akram talked about how 6:30-9:30 am is Australians peak time to be productive, however, unfortunately in Pakistan, many don’t begin their day until 12pm.
There were dieticians, a female international weight lifter and an international chess player present as well. They all spoke about the importance of keeping a check on your body, and staying physically and mentally fit. Holding the Accu-Chek banner, Wasim Akram, Shaniera Thompson, Kinnard College’s Principal and many international players walked across the field, and lot’s of photographs and videos were taken.
In case anything happens to you, whether it is diabetes or anything else, as Wasim Akram said, you shouldn’t take it as a weakness, but as a challenge and know if you try hard enough, you can conquer anything.
In the end Wasim Akram left us with three words: Believe and Become. Thank you for the wonderful day, and the amazing lecture!
Look at these Nixor kids making all of us proud again. They’re great at MUNs. The girls kick ass at rowing. They’ve been building schools in the North. We’re in total awe. But their awesomeness doesn’t just stop there.
The Nixor College Cricket Team went on a 3 match tour of England and returned after 2 wins with their final win coming against Pakistan Media UK.
The team consisted of 13 players and 2 coaches, and was lead by led by Captain Jam Zain Ali and Vice-Captain Jibran Rizwan. They were trained for their matches at Lord’s International indoor training facilities for two days and were coached by their coaches Waseem ur Rehman, Samueal Masih and the internationally certified coaches of the Lord’s facility.
While they lost their first match by 19 runs against a local school, the team managed to make a comeback in the second match.
They dismissed the whole team for 47… eventually winning by a margin of 6 wickets. They were led by a sensational bowling spell by the Nixor captain Jam Zain Ali who took 4 wickets with Umair Tariq top scoring with an unbeaten 17 runs.
Lastly they played against Pakistan Media UK at the Osterly Cricket Ground and won by a very close margin of 6 runs only!
The matches took place in the presence of various renowned personalities including President of Pakistan Media Union UK, Wajahat Ali and National singing sensation Faakhir.
In between all of these matches, the team took out the time to watch the final one day international between England and West Indies at The Rose Bowl Cricket Ground.
Here’s the coolest part though: their presence was acknowledged by the stadium announcers welcoming them on the behalf of England!
How cool is that!?
Also, towards the end of the tour, the students toured the main attractions within London like The London Eye and returned to Pakistan after a successful tour of England.
Once back home, the captain Jam Zain had this to say about his team’s spirit and drive; ‘At the final T20 match although we were down and out but we kept believing a match is not won or lost until the last bowl is bowled and that made us win’.
His vice captain Jibran Rizwan echoed the same sentiment and also thanked everyone for their support; ‘All this would not be possible without the support we have gotten from everyone and I am a very proud vice captain today to play against such huge teams being only in college.’
Continue to make us all proud just like you do, all of you Nixor kids. We’re all rooting for you!
The Lahore School of Economics is fairly young, as far as educational institutes go. It’s Main Campus (the one on Burki) is even younger- built in 2006, the campus is just 10 years old. Yet in the short period of time it has been around, it has rooted some traditions of its own. You can’t start the academic year in September without seeing the familiar ‘Welcome To LSE’ sign on the stairs by Shamyla Garden. You have to get attacked by a crow AT LEAST once, during your four years here. And you absolutely can’t have winters without spending at least 3 hours a day in the cricket ground.
At least that’s how it used to be.
Sure, the ‘Welcome To LSE’ signage is still there, and yes, the crows may be immortal, sadly. But it appears that the vast, peaceful cricket ground that served as the perfect place to laze around in the soft winter sun, has been taken away from us. While this news no doubt saddened all students of the Lahore School, the people it affects the most, are the cricketers of LSE. And God knows there are a lot of them, lol.
Cricket is a sport that has a lot of importance in LSE.
There are 8 teams in LSE’s cricket league, which are made by the students (and obviously consist of students also) and play against each other every day. There is a league played every semester, and each team plays almost 10 matches per league, over a period of 5 months. That means there are almost 80 matches played each semester, which means 16 matches per month, which means 4 matches per week, which means that, (assuming only one match is played per day) there are only two days per working week where a match isn’t played, which means my math isn’t as terrible as I thought, wow.
What my tangent into Very Complex Math was meant to show, was that cricket is an integral (yay more math) and important part of LSE’s student life. Apart from these intra-university matches, LSE’s official cricket team plays friendly matches with other universities every other week. So the cricket team is always busy, and the cricket ground is (was?) rarely without a match going on.
The Sports Secretary of LSE, Hammad Bashir, seems to be quite doubtful about the future of cricket in LSE, now that there isn’t a cricket ground anymore.
“Obviously if there isn’t a ground where people can show their talent, the future of cricket will be quite bleak.” he says. “It’s definitely going to affect the students negatively, because sports is something that helps in career building also, because it teaches you important skills like team building and leadership. So the shutting down of the cricket ground is going to affect both students, in terms of studies, and obviously the cricket and sports society will suffer a lot.”
However, LSE’s Cricket Representative, Sardar Hassan Ali, seemed more positive and optimistic about the whole scenario.
According to him, the future may not be as dismal as the Sports Secretary believes it to be. He says “The future of cricket in LSE is quite bright, because talent will always be there, it’s never going to stop. We’re going to have nets and we’ll be carrying out trials and everything, so we’ll find talent eventually.” “You can’t really say the future of cricket will be bad, its hopefully always going to be good” he adds.
It’s been a few weeks now since the gates of the cricket ground were padlocked ‘forever’ (as were our hearts, I’m sure).
When the news initially broke out that this might happen, students decided to protest against it. A protest was orchestrated, but never actually carried out, in fear of the enraging the administration into banning all future events. (which tbh brings forward the question of the admin’s approachability. But let’s leave that discussion for another day, ya?) So in the end, there was no protest, but Sardar Hassan Ali was seen in talks with Dr. Shahid.
Did those talks amount to anything?
Well, the management has agreed to build nets on-campus, on one end of the football ground, so that teams can continue practicing, to some extent. As for actual matches, the admin has practice outside of LSE in the local cricket grounds. This is going to set LSE back almost Rs. 7000 per day match, and Rs. 22,000 per night match, which the administration has kindly agreed to provide.
While this doesn’t heal our gaping cricket ground shaped wound, it is something at least. However, this also means that now, every year when LSE hosts its Sports Gala, cricket is not going to be part of the repertoire, which means that the cricketers of LSE will have to sit this one out.
This is something that most cricketers, like Basim Gadhi, are very unhappy about.
Basim Gadhi, a member of LSE’s official cricket team says “It’s terribly sad that cricket will be unrepresented at our university’s own sporting event, but there’s not much we can do about it. Nets are adequate enough, but frankly, what we need is another cricket ground.”
When asked about what the admin could for cricket in LSE, both students had similar responses.
According to Hammad Bashir, the solution is very simple. “Just give the students a place to practice. Schedule matches on the weekends, and have night matches so that students don’t miss classes.” However, he also acknowledges the fact that nothing will ever be as effective as having a cricket ground ON campus, since students can just go and play straight from class.
“The admin can provide us with all the facilities; they can get us a ground outside and they should financially support us always, and that too generously.” says Sardar Hassan Ali. “They should keep the practice of having a league every semester, even if its conducted outside LSE. Financial support is really all we need now.”
Let’s hope that cricket in LSE continues to thrive.
I’m sure every students hopes that the admin might eventually expand the campus in such a way that makes up for the loss of a cricket ground, and simultaneously hopes that no other ground ever has to be shut down. For now, let’s hope that cricket in LSE continues to thrive, regardless of a lack of cricket ground.
Cover Image Via: Lahore School of Economics/Facebook