Cricket – A Game of Noble People!

Cricket is a game of noble people from England at the end of 18th century. It exemplifies athletic passion and dedication. Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on a roughly circular field, at the center of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Cricket is quite a popular game in different parts of the world, growing in Germany too.

During my stint at Universität Hamburg, I organized “Introduction to Cricket” event with the collaboration of PIASTA (International Program for All Students and Alumni). The aim of the event was to introduce Cricket playing facilities in Hamburg. It was planned that the participants from different cultures and backgrounds get together and have some fun during the cricket session.

Hamburg, 27.04.2013. Introduction to Cricket at HSV Sports Ground, organized by PIASTA, Uni Hamburg.

Hamburg, 27.04.2013. Introduction to Cricket at HSV Sports Ground, organized by International Office (PIASTA), Universität Hamburg.

The event scheduled on Saturday, 27th April, 2013. As the meeting point at U2-Mümmelmannserg at 14.45, we met with the participants and welcomed them on behalf of PIASTA. We had a 5-minute walk towards the HSV Cricket sports ground. We reached there around 15.00. The participants were introduced with the trainer. The weather conditions were quite suitable to play. 

The participants were brought to the HSV sports ground and started with the training. The trainer, Faraz, explained as it was the bat-and-ball game. In start, we had basic ball catching practice exercises after warm-up. Everybody there took great interest in different

ball-catching and ball-throwing exercises followed by the run-scoring (running between the two ends of the pitch) skills. In the end, the participants were briefed about different “batting skills” and to properly wearing the equipment for personal safety. The participants wore “batting gloves”, “pads” (to cover legs) and “helmet” (for the safety of head). Then they were briefed about different batting techniques on controlling the ball with its pace.

Most of the participants had no idea about Cricket game before. They were amazed to get introduced and were quite happy to practice by themselves. It was a healthy activity with lots of entertainment and to know about different cultures also. The participants expressed their great interest in the session. They actively took part in the learning activities.

The training session came to an end around 18.00 hours. The Manager of HSV Cricket Club, Khalid Khawaja Rauf, and Captain of HSV2 Cricket team, Bilal Khokhar,  were present at the moment and expressed their full support if the participants would be interested to join the club. The event wouldn’t have been successful without the great support of HSV Cricket Club in general and Khalid (Bhai!) in particular.

Then we all proceeded to a nice nearby restaurant. All the participants had enjoyed their favorite meal with a nice discussion on different topics.

The feedback from the participants was so overwhelming for not only us but for the HSV Cricket Club organizers as well. The participants thanked PIASTA for organizing such a unique and interesting activity. They also praised the efforts of arranging a nice meal in the restaurant. In the end, the participants happily went back to their homes with nice memories.

Cricket as 2nd Wife!

Imran Mehr and AHM Abdul Hai

Nadeem Abbasi, 41, originally from Pakistan. He is an accountant by profession and settled in Germany now. He extensively learned the German language and integrated well in the German culture. He is now happily married and a father of two.

When a child opens his eyes in Pakistan he sees Cricket is being played everywhere. He simply becomes passionate about Cricket. Abbasi played Cricket long time in Pakistan, at school level, college level, University level, and for club level also. He says, “I’ve started playing Cricket from my childhood, I don’t know exactly, but I think at the age of 4 or 5. In Pakistan you know everyone play Cricket, he should play from his childhood, you can say. In Pakistan among Cricket and Hockey sports Cricket is a quite popular game. So I was interested in Cricket I don’t know why but I started playing it”.

He recalled his cricket memories, “If you ask me, my favorite bowler was Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, and bowling action was Sikander Bakht. So it’s inspired me. In Pakistan we say,  Cricket is our second wife!“.

Playing Cricket in Bonn

Abbasi is captain and coach of the Golden Star CC team in Bonn. Having lived in Germany for sixteen years, he faced many challenges to start playing Cricket in Bonn. In his earlier days of arrival he asked people about Cricket and surprised to hear that nobody knew about it. Suddenly in 2003, he saw some people in Rheinaue Park playing Cricket. “I just started to play with them. And after two three years I felt that I couldn’t understand their language as they belonged to Sri Lanka. I didn’t understand anything. Then I met some Pakistani students here. So I started to plan our own club. We have just made our club and play Cricket now”.

After having a tough job routine it is difficult for some people to get extra time for sporting activities but not for Abbasi. He makes an equal distribution of his free time with family and Cricket.

Establishing a Cricket Club

Playing cricket in a club is different rather managing it. If you play for a club, you simply play, you do not have to do other things. You can go anytime to play cricket. But when you have your own club, you have got more responsibilities. He said, “Sometimes my involvement for my club starts from Friday evening to manage the match, to call the people to check if they have free time, to send emails and doing other stuff.”

At the beginning the achievement of the club was very good. But they never stood on victory stand. “But two times we played semi-final and we lost in one final. Last two years we were in number 5 in NRW”, he added.

“To get the cricket play ground was not very difficult. Because at that time I was member of NRW cricket junior when I formed NRW cricket council. So I am the founder member also. So we got some fund from NCB and some from ICC. The pitch in our play ground is given from England and its expense was paid by DCB. After that we manage ourselves for the matches, match fees, umpire fees, balls etc. But other costs for ground preparation are paid from Bonn city” he further said.

The cricket in Germany is getting well and now it is being taught from the school level. For promoting Cricket in Germany last year International Cricket Council had given more than 200,000 Euros.

What awoke my passion was my thirst for knowledge!

Global Impressions @ DW

A short profile on radio listening pulished on DW web page.

Already as a child Imran from Pakistan was enthusiastic about foreign radio broadcasts and so he went on to turn his passion into his profession.

During my childhood I developed the hobby of listening to foreign media broadcasts on the radio. I was a regular listener of both Deutsche Welle’s Urdu and English language broadcasts.

Back then I only had my father’s old radio that was unable to receive shortwave frequencies from inside our house. So I stood on the roof of our house for hours to listen to international radio broadcasts.

As I grew up I realized that what awoke my passion was my thirst for knowledge, an urge to connect with the world and to see beyond the end of my nose.

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In 2009, I acquired my M.A. degree in Media Studies in Pakistan. While studying, I worked as a news reporter at my university’s radio station.

It was through DW broadcasts that I developed the greatest desire to obtain a higher education in Germany.

After coming to Germany I tried to avail every possible opportunity to enhance my skills as a journalist. I participated in conventions and conferences, produced a radio program and realized the importance of social media in the modern world. This established my interest in blogging and so I started maintaining a blog about the political situation in Pakistan.

Deutsche Welle Akademie welcomes 4th IMS group

The Deutsche Welle Akademie officially opened its doors to welcome their fourth consecutive batch. 29 promising media journalists from 23 different countries were selected to pursue their two-year Master’s in International Media Studies (IMS).

 

This program is offered by Deutsche Welle Akademie in co-operation with University of Bonn and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The unique degree program is composed to train its students to become competent journalists and prepares them for the challenging media industry, in doing so it not only gives the students the theoretical background but also practical training in the actual media environment.

At the welcome ceremony, DW Akademie Diector, Ms Gerda Meuer, congratulated all the prestigious scholarship recipients who were selected among 700 applications worldwide. She emphasised the importance of skilled media professionals in the contemporary media.

North Rhine Westfalia’s State Secretary for Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media, Dr. Marc Jan Eumann, also addressing the ceremony emphasised the media development is important to solve pressing international issues. Dr. Dorthea Rüland, General Secretary for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), informed the audience that the media development in developing countries is on their priority and the cooperation with Deutsche Welle Akademie will be continued to sustain the program in the years to come. Another renowned speaker, Professor Dr. Michael Krzeminski, from Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences said that he wants to  show the ropes of journalism to students. It was great to present memorable souvenir to the Program Director, Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmidt.