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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Pakistan's point of view on "Sight Screen"

My article on "Sight Screen" - A blog by Prem Panicker

Hi Readers:

I have been a regular listener of "Panix Station" on Rediff and I have always enjoyed Prem's expert opinion on cricketing matters. To my surprise and for some strange reason "Panix Station" stopped featuring on Rediff. Being a fan of Prem and Panix Station, I followed him to his Blog "Sight Screen".

However, during the last Pakistan - India series on Panix Station and now on Sight Screen, I felt that the discussions lack the "Pakistani Perspective". I thought that Prem should have had someone from Pakistan on his blog to discuss/comment from Pakistan's point of view as well. Also, someone with a little more insight on Pakistan cricket, its domestic cricket structure and upcoming players will not only add value to the blog but will also make discussions much more interesting. I pitched the idea to Prem and he was kind enough to make me a part of his Blog. I am really thankful to him for giving me the opportunity. So from now onwards once in a while you will see some interesting articles/opinion from me.

I have infinite passion for cricket (which by the way is not rare to find in our parts of the world). In my first post, I would like to tell you a little more about myself:

My High School Years: I went to Aitchison College Lahore. If you haven’t heard about Aitchison, it is one of the best institutions in Asia established by the British in 1886. It is the same high school that produced some of the best cricketers in the world (Majid Khan, Imran Khan and Rameez Raja to name a few). I was lucky enough to be selected in Aitchison College’s cricket team.

My College/University Years: My father persuaded/convinced/forced (whatever you want to assume/conclude) me to realize that out of a population of 140 million it would be extremely difficult, in fact impossible for me to make it to the Pakistan Cricket Team. So instead of going for trials of Pakistan under 18 (for which I was selected from my high school) I ended up at the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore. Still not willing to let go of cricket, I played for my University as well. I ended up with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration.

My Professional Career: I was never a fan of Engineering so I started my professional career as a banker and started working for Abn Amro Bank. Abn Amro ironically happens to be the sponsor of domestic cricket in Pakistan. I could still not let go of cricket and while at Abn I was a regular member of Abn Amro Cricket Team. I worked there for two years in Corporate Banking and then decided to move to the USA to get my MBA.

While in Pakistan, I played active club cricket all along.

Vermont, USA: I got a scholarship from UVM (University of Vermont) and thus decided to do my MBA from here. After completing my MBA I got a job at KPMG LLP and since then have been working here. I still play cricket for a local club here (Chittenden County Cricket Club) and open the bowling attack for this club.

Once in a while you will see my analyses, articles and comments from a slightly different angle - from "A Pakistani Perspective"

Thanks again Prem....


At 9:32 PM, Blogger Nishark said...

Brother from across the border,

Welcome to Sight-Screen.

Just don't go running over pedestrians in your SUV or shooting deers with your long-range rifle or beating down Aishwarya's door and taking pangas with Vivek Oberoi like your namesake from this side of the border has made a habit of doing. And I sure hope you have more hair and less muscle than him. :)

Welcome again, will be nice to read your thoughts and observations.

At 11:47 PM, Blogger worma said...

Hi mate...welcome to Sight Screen...couldn't find your email id in the profile so commenting here. Would be a good idea to put one of your contact emails in the profile, since without comments section, that is probably the only possible way for people to reach you.

Anyway...the main purpose of my message was say welcome to the gang.

And maybe to beware you of 'interesting' takes on your more than popular namesake ;-)....but nishark beat me to that one.

At 11:49 PM, Blogger worma said...

Ohh..and one more thing...would love to hear on 'all' cricketing aspects from you...not just Pakistan.

After all..thats what makes us cricket fans from that part of the world different. We like to profess our knowledge about anything related to cricket...as you can read me rant about Aus and SA matches as if I know that like the back of my hand ;-)

At 11:54 PM, Blogger random said...

Hey dude...Cannot comment on sightscreen so will post here.

Will be great to see more different views. Frankly, sometimes gets a bit tiring to hear about Indian stars and views from one side... especially during commentaries and mainstream media. SightScreen is a great "resource" for all cricket fans and you are a great addition to the squad there. :)


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