Karachi: Pakistan’s former Test cricketer and chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu celebrated his 50-year association with Pakistan cricket here at a local hotel with several renowned present and former cricketers and other celebrities paying glowing tributes.
Hanif Mohammad was the chief guest on the occasion. Meanwhile, former captains Intikhab Alam, Moin Khan and Younis Khan, T20 skipper Shahid Afridi and several others attended the reception and shared their pleasant experience with Sallu.
Anwar Maqsood, a renowned writer and humorist led the ceremony, which pleased the audience greatly.
Hanif recalled how in Test match against New Zealand back in 1965, Sallu paved the way for him to score a double hundred. “I remember I sent Sallu, promoting him to bat before me, hoping that the conditions get better after New Zealand asked us to bat first in a rain-affected match. Sallu stayed on crease at the arduous track and when I came, the conditions had changed and were conducive. I went on to score a double hundred but I also give credit of that inning to Sallu as well.”
Sallu is credited for selecting players like Moin Khan, Saeed Anwar, Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Saqlain Mushtaq, who went on to become cricket legends in Pakistan.
Celebrated star cricketer Afridi praised Sallu for his good selection during his stint as selector and said that Sallu is revered figure among many cricketers.
Sallu played only five Test matches for Pakistan but he went on to adorn the game in Pakistan and continued to serve Pakistan cricket in many capacities for the last fifty years. He had been a part of the selection committee for a record ten times on different occasions. Presently, he is a part of the PCB and is working as advisor to PCB Chairman.
Prolific middle-order batsman Younis Khan praised Sallu and credited him for spotting him as a potential cricketer back in late nineties. “Sallu praised my game. Sallu had been one of the people, who gave me confidence to hope for a bright future in the game.”
At the end of the ceremony, Sallu thanked all those attended the ceremony and those who have worked with him in his fifty-year association with cricket.
Former cricketers Jalaluddin, Sadiq Mohammad, Saleem Jaffar, veteran writer Qamar Ahmed and many others attended the reception.