Riyadh - As per their usual support to the sporting activities
in the Kingdom as well as back home in Pakistan, the management of Pakistan International
Airlines (PIA) led by their area manager Central province, Tajammul Karim, honored its
team members on their last success in winning the Riyadh Cricket League Cup 40-overs
The colorful gala began with the recitation from the Holy Quran by Abdul Majeed at the
Marhaba restaurant banquet hall. The club secretary Naseem Ahmed and captain Fazalur
Rahman Ansari introduced all players and highlighted their collective as well the
individual achievements, which kept the PIA reputation high.
Chief guest Pakistan embassy deputy head of mission, Muhammed Shoukat Haroon - himself a
lover of the game, Tariq Javed, former RCL chairman and Canadian international World Cup
player alongwith Karim awarded cricket kits and bags which were specially made with the
airline logo from Pakistan for its winning team members. PIAs Aslam Malik, Muhammed Waseem, Mannan Waheed and
Habibullah Baloch also assisted them during the prize giving ceremony.
Speaking on this occasion, Haroon praised the airline cricket club for maintaining the
unity and sportsmanship, which is an example for the others. He praised the captaincy of
Ansari and his handling the affairs of the team.
The airline area manager highlighted the role that PIA has played in the sporting world be
it inside the Kingdom or outside. He stressed upon players that they are serving as the
ambassador of the airline and should always remain sincere to the cause.
Muhammed Khalid, Manzoor Butt, Dilawar Mirza, Saleem Javed performed well on the batting
front while as for the bowling, Ansari and Zafar Abbas proved a success. Wicketkeeper
Rehan did well behind the stumps, taking twelve catches. Zahoor Butt, Barkat, Shahab and
K. H. Mir were quick on the field.
At this jubilant occasion, a special shield prepared by the airline cricket club was
presented to Karim by chief guest Haroon. Ansari handed over a cricket kit to the chief
guest for being a member of the club.
This bonanza was sponsored by Yusuf Butt area manager Arabian Oil Caltex, Muhammed
Saeed commercial manager Sports Ghornatah, Abu Fahim finance manager
Carrier, Ijaz Chaudhary production manager Saudia Milk, Inshaullah Khan
sales manager Casio, Amjad Ali Khan operation manager Ace Travel, Shahidur Rehman
area manager Statco, Saleem operation manager Marhaba group, Moinuddin Moin
sales executive British Airways, Shakir Sadiq sales manager Al Hanouf
Travel, Naseem Ahmed operations manager Al Tayyar Cargo, Raisur Rehman
branch manager Binghaith Travel, Tariq Jaffery general manager Safari Travel and
Zaheer Ahmed branch manager Jet International.
In his winding up speech after the dinner, Ansari thanked the chief guest, the airline
area manager, other invited notables, all sponsors and the players for making this evening