LAHORE: Former cricketer Test Agha Zahid, a well-known figure not only in Pakistan’s cricket circle but also at the international level, quit the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday as Curator’s Chair after playing his long round brilliantly in cricket formation. .
Agha, a self-made Post-Graduate from Govt College, Lahore, could not get a prize for being in the Test arena despite having scored more than 13,000 matches in 227 first-class cricket matches during a career that spanned around 21 years. Despite scoring great achievements in first-class cricket, he was only given one chance also against the mighty West Indies on the Gaddafi Stadium field which was hit by rain in February 1975.
Agha was opened with Majid Khan, who also could not give as opening act at the meeting. However, Majid continued to maintain his Test status but Agha, without support, never got any further opportunity in Test cricket. So that was the end of the Agha’s one-game Test career, which, undoubtedly, deserved more than that but it couldn’t happen, maybe he didn’t have a relationship with someone who was leading in matters at the time.
I still remember this bitter incident because I had covered the match mentioned earlier for Monthly ‘Cricketer’ from Karachi but the persistent and independent Agha left this shock and continued his cricket journey forward as he kept moving forward and forward and never looked back.
Agha Zahid, who received basic education from Cantonment School No. 2 and high school education from Islamia High School Sadar Bazar Lahore Cantonment, made an impression in crickets from the initial stage namely the school level. He was named in the Lahore Education Board team and later, he was selected as a member of the U-19 Lahore cricket team during 1968-69 and also toured Dhaka with the U-19 Lahore team which also included former cricket Test Wasim Raja and Imran Khan.
Agha, an Old Ravian, was also the captain of the Government College Lahore team during the 1974-75 session with Mudassar Nazar and Azhar Khan as team members. In addition, Agha, also Punjab University Blue, had the honor of leading the leading Pakistan Joint University team during the 1973-74 season.
Agha was also his compatriot Shafiq Papa, Mudassar Nazar, Sultan Rana, the late Tariq Bashir, the late Muhammad Sabir, Intekhab Ahmad as a member of the well-known Dawood Club at the time (led and managed by Zakria Ghani) before joining Habib Bank Limited (HBL) for Careers lasting for 26 years from 15 April 1975 to 15 July 2001 with his last position as vice president.
Some people know that even though they are quite forthright, the kind-hearted Agha Zahid has long supported young and appropriate cricket. He has acted as a mentor to many cricket players to name some people as Pakistani Trial cricket players Abdul Qadir and Ejaz Ahmed in addition to former first-class players Parvez Alam.
Agha’s long career with HBL remains extraordinary. During his relationship with the HBL cricket team, his teammates included former Pakistani captain Javed Miandad, the late Abdul Qadir, Salim Malik, Abdul Raquib, Azhar Khan, Arshad Parvez and many more. After parting with HBL, Agha was offered the position of Chairperson of the PCB Curator Committee in 2001 by PCB Lt Gen Gen Tauqir Zia, who was later upgraded as PCB Curator Chair in 2004. During his long relationship with PCB as head of curator he provided a new trend for field standardization throughout the country in addition to having initiatives for sports tracks.
In addition, Agha was also honored to serve the country in different capacities as junior junior voter chairperson, female team voter along with former great Imtiaz Ahmad, national coach and manager, Pakistan A team in addition to refereeing matches in first class matches. He is the coach of the Pakistan A team, which emerged as champions during the SAARC Games in Bangladesh in 1997.
Agha Zahid also has a famous career in the English Cricket League. In England he played for Devon County Club and Barton Cricket Club between 1982 and 1986.
But one thing is clear that although blunt and forthright, even his rivals rarely doubt his fairness, advocacy for achievement and transparency in any capacity assigned to him especially in matters of selection and management whether it is at the national level, junior level or Punjab University level .
Finally, Agha Zahid may be difficult to solve for his superiors, but he always remains polite and kind to his juniors whether it is during his relationship with HBL or PCB as Head Curator.
One curator and ground staff member in Lahore on the occasion to quit PCB on Thursday said: “Agha Sahib being a kind person will always be remembered and missed by curators and ground staff at all cricket centers in Pakistan. “