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Two nations on one plate- form Indians and Pakistanis in gloucester

By Rajputt  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

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Gloucester Crecent

Pakistanis Cricket Club AGM 2012


1: Chief guest: Richard

Graham (MP)

Honourable Guests; Eric

Wood Mason (GCB) and Andy Russle (GCCL)

Ahmed Ginwala (Club`s

Secretary) Well come all the guests and introduce the Chief guests to all the

community. 147 peoples attend the AGM held at Al Ashraf girl's primary school


AGM started with verses

of Quran by Hafiz molana Ismail Khuwadia

Raja (club`s Chief

Executive) did the presentation where he welcomed all the guests from both

communities (Indian and Pakistanis). During his presentation following points

were highlighted,

1: Clubs merge was

actually a merger of two nations. That shows there is unity in Gloucester among

ethnic minorities. Gloucester Pakistanis Cc were winning their divisions for

last six years in a row and so do Walls Crescent Cc was doing their best and

was playing in Division two of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League. In

year 2011 both clubs were struggling due to player shortages and

administrations. Both clubs committees talked about merger to bring strong team

for the competition. End of season 2011 both clubs finally merged as Gloucester

Crescent Pakistanis cricket club.

2: Club had serious

problems regarding ground availabilities as Club has two teams now and required

a ground where both teams can play. GCB was involved to search the ground and

Eric Woodmason (GCB) did work really hard to negotiate with trustee of old Debenhams

ground. Club received keys and access to the ground just 3 weeks before the

season. There was a huge task to prepare the wicket square and the pavilion

where no games were played for three years. To sort out all, clubs was finding

very hard to face financial issues. All players were so keen to play and their

loyalty shown through their contributions towards the cost and efforts to

maintain the ground.

3: Raja appreciated the

whole club who worked really hard to maintain the ground when clubs grass cutting

machinery broke down.He also mentioned few individuals who were working upto

8/10 hours at the pavilion to repair the burst pipes and polishing the floor to

get it ready for the club`s visiting teams. All the peoples who were involved

to help the club were praised.

4: It was told to the

audience that this was the first time in Gloucester`s history that two

different nationalities (Indian and Pakistanis) were sitting together under one

roof. This was the historical moment for all the Asian communities.

5: Talking about clubs

achievements, Raja said proudly that club won three championships in their very

first year of merger. Club won Gloucester District Indoor championship,

Organised by Gloucester Cricket Board. Club won division 3 of Gloucestershire

County Cricket League. Club also won Division 1 Evening cricket league after

beating their rival AIW cc.

Club also has shining

star AAmir Raju who inspired the whole GCCL teams for winning his 7th

best bowler award of the season.

6: Talking about club`s

future Raja did mention that from next year they are introducing youth cricket

club and working closely with the community to improve.......

Andy Russle (GCCL

Secretary) was invited to have few words where he admired the clubs efforts to

maintain GCCL`s standards in worse circumstances. He also congratulates the

club for their best performance during the last season.

Eric Woodmason (GCB)

congratulate club for their best performance and results they achieved within

one year of merger. Eric pleased to see two teams helping each other as a club

and making perfect platform for the youth in the community.

Richard Graham (MP) was

astonished to see both communities sitting together first time in Gloucester`s

history. He called it the younger generation`s biggest achievement for the

year. He told audiences how he was involved playing a cricket match against GCP

when he was representing city wingate cc. He appreciate the efforts GCP is

making to develop cricket into the community and providing solid plate form for

the coming generations

He wishes good luck for

the club and said that he is very sure to see similar results by end of next

cricket season by the club.

Richard presented

trophies to the club`s .

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  • Ysedra  |  November 26 2012, 9:57AM

    I don't know what it takes to be allowed to publish an article on TiG, but you'd think that some kind of tutorial would be provided, so it doesn't come out looking like a dog's dinner. Mind, it looks like minutes transcribed directly to the page...

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  • Bonkim2003  |  November 26 2012, 9:25AM

    Is this a publicity stunt for Richard Graham??? If so flopped - unintelligible.

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