KARACHI, Aug 10: Former first class cricketer and founder of the Coaching Cricket Centre (CCC) Ahmed Mustafa died here on Saturday after protracted illness. He was 69 and was suffering from Parkinson’s decease.

Ahmed Mustafa was the vice-captain of visiting Pakistan Eaglets team in England in 1959-60 under the captaincy of Saeed Ahmed with the squad comprising Intikhab Alam and Mohammad Farooq as a wicket-keeper/opening batsman among others.

He had the honour of opening with legendary Hanif Mohammad while representing Pakistan Combined School team in India in 1954-55.

He also led Khairpur Division in Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Trophy in 1960, but his career was cut short by road accident.

Ahmed Mustafa’s first-class record is not available on famous cricket website.

With support of like-minded friends, he founded CCC to train and coach youngsters free of charge with Test cricketers like Faisal Iqbal, Azam Khan and Owais Shah, being prominent product of his centres.

Great cricketers like former Pakistan captains Javed Burki, Mushtaq Mohammad, Imran Khan, Asif Iqbal, Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Indian captains Sunil Gavaskar, Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar and several other Pakistan test cricketers used to visit his coaching centre to give tips to promising youngsters.

Ahmed Mustufa was supported in his endeavours by Iqbal Umar, Mian Azmat Hussain, late Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, Suregon Faiz Mohammad Khan, Jahangir Mughal and a number of friends and supporters.—APP

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