Karachi: ICC President Zaheer Abbas, PCB Executive Committee Chairman Najam Sethi and former captain Intikhab Alam showered praise on former Test cricketer and chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu for completing his 50-year association with Pakistan Cricket recently.
Sallu, who made his Test debut for Pakistan against New Zealand in 1965, also served as national cricket selector for a record ten times including twice as chief selector which is indeed a unique record.
During his tenures as selector, Sallu was instrumental in introducing several match winning players to Pakistan including Saeed Anwar, Moin Khan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and many others.
A high-profile reception has been arranged in Sallu’s honour on Saturday, Jan 9 at the Hotel Movenpick where many prominent personalities of Pakistan cricket as well as the members of the current Pakistan cricket team will be in attendance to pay tribute to his services.
Speaking about Sallu’s achievements, Zaheer said: “Sallu has been a shining example in Pakistan cricket. The fact that he has held the national selector’s post on ten occasions, including twice as chairman of selectors, speaks volumes of his honesty, competence and dedication.”
“Sallu always enjoyed the trust and respect of not only his bosses, but his colleagues and the players which is a rare thing in Pakistan cricket,” said Zaheer, known as Asian Bradman in world cricket.
“I have had the honour of playing with Sallu as a colleague as well and really cherish his friendship. This is a huge milestone for him to complete his 50-year association with the game and the tributes are pouring in from all over.”
Sethi, too, lauded Sallu’s services and said he has served Pakistan cricket well all these years.
“He (Sallu) has served Pakistan cricket efficiently and diligently, whatever capacity it may be,” said Sethi. “From being a good cricketer to being an honest chief selector and mentor who selected and groomed so many players who went onto represent Pakistan with aplomb, Sallu’s services have been invaluable for the country’s cricket. I wish him the very best on this auspicious occasion in his career.”
Ex-Test skipper Intikhab Alam, who played alongside Sallu as senior colleague in the Test side during the 60s, echoed Zaheer and Sethi’s views and said he has all the good things to say about Sallu. “Both me and Sallu go a long way and I have always had very high regard for him as a national selector and for being a man of principle,” said Intikhab.
“I still remember recommending him as a player to the Scottish League back in the 60s and am proud of it to this day because Sallu proved to be a model of consistency – both on and off the field – in Scotland which was great to see,” recalled Intikhab.
“His fair selection and guidance endeared him to one and all and provided Pakistan cricket with some truly wonderful players.”