In May 2015 the nation’s media attention was focused on Zimbabwe’s cricket tour of Pakistan, the first foreign team to visit in six years.
However at the same time a British club cricket team was quietly making its way to Chitral, in Northern Pakistan. They managed to avoid the media spotlight, but their courage and innovation needs to be acknowledged and admired.
The British journalist, Peter Oborne led the Wounded Tiger XI team, named after his classic book ‘Wounded Tiger, A History of Pakistan Cricket’.
The ‘Wounded Tigers’ were the first foreign cricket team to visit Chitral. The tour was organised by the state’s Prince Siraj-ul-Mulk. Security for the team was well planned.
Chitral’s breathtaking scenery with the backdrop of the stunning Hindu Kush mountains was an incredible sight.
During the ten day tour the British team played eight matches against Langlands School and College XI, Chitral XI, Kailash XI, Drosh XI, Ayun Valley XI, Booni XI and Mastuj XI.
Pakistani journalist Qamar Ahmad was also present during this historic tour.
British journalist Alex Massie said ‘We, all of us left a piece of our hearts in Chitral. Pakistan may be a hard country, but for those who take the trouble to go, it will never leave you’.
Here is the link to his article about the tour: http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/898265/frontier-days
I congratulate the ‘Wounded Tiger XI’ for planning a visit to Pakistan and showing the world that it was an extremely positive experience.
(Photographs used in this blog are from Alex Massie)