Sufyan to brush shoulders with world's top cricketers

Sports Saturday 25/June/2016 22:19 PM
By: Times News Service
Sufyan to brush shoulders with world's top cricketers

Muscat: As some of the Oman national cricketers are plying their trade in the United Kingdom, one more from the Sultanate will make a short appearance there next month end.
The only Omani cricketer in the national squad, Sufyan Mahmood, has received a special invitation from International Cricketers Association (ICA) to attend a charity dinner and also two charity cricket matches in the United Kingdom.
After having received the official nod from Oman Cricket, Sufyan Mahmood who performed well in the recently concluded ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in Jersey recently, is thrilled about the opportunity.
Speaking to Times Sport Sufyan Mahmood thanked Oman Cricket for allowing him to take part in such a big event and incidentally, he is the only one invited to be part of the charity event, which will be held between July 27 and August 1.
According to the Omani all-rounder the first match will be held in Manchester and the second in Luton.
"It's a big opportunity for me to brush shoulders with the biggest names of world cricket and I thank ICA for the invite," said Sufyan, who has always stood out whenever he got the chance to be part of the Oman playing eleven.
"It's a dream come true for me," said Sufyan, who has proved many-a-time that hard work breeds success.
According to 1991-born Sufyan, the top names who are likely to be there for the charity event are Inzamam Ul-Haq (Pakistan), Correy Collymore (West Indies), Niel O'Brien (Ireland), Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan), Abdur Razzaq (Pakistan), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan - subject to availability due to the England-Pakistan series), Monty Panesar (England), Rana Naved (Pakistan), Fawad Alam (Pakistan), Simon Jones (England), Mushtaq Ahmed (Pakistan), Taufeeq Umar (Pakistan), Ryan Sidebottam (England), Waseem Jaffer (India) and Shahid Afridi (Pakistan).
Apart from playing in the WCL, Sufyan had made his Twenty20 International debut for Oman against Hong Kong on November 26.
Sufyan has been an inspiring factor for Omani cricketers and he has been working hard to lure more national cricketers into the main fold.
Being a team man, Sufyan not only wants to play along side top cricketing personalities, he also wants to learn more from his experienced counterparts.
"More than opportunity this trip will be more of education for me, which I will share with all cricketers in Oman," he said.