LAHORE - Inzamam-ul-Haq XI will take on Taufeeq Umar XI in the 45th Annual Festival cricket match of Muslim Gymkhana here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah ground tomorrow (Wednesday).

Before the start of the match, both the teams will be introduced with chief guest MNA Kiran Dar at the opening ceremony while Lahore Gymkhana chairman Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman will be chief at the closing ceremony. After the match, former captain Inzamamul Haq along with Intikhab Alam, Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Ahmed and Haroon Rasheed will distribute kits among the players of both teams and shields among guests and organisers.

The match will be supervised by umpire Sarwar Bhatti and Ashraf Bhatti while Abdul Hameed will be scorer and Prof Anees referee. Inzamam XI consists of Inzamul Haq (capt), Mian Pervaiz Akhtar, Tahir Mehmood, Tariq Rasheed, Amer Manzoor, Khalid Butt, Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar, Ali Raffi, Asif Ali, Kazim Shah, M Hussain, M Ali and Ghanab Dara while Taufeeq Umar XI includes Taufeeq Umar (capt), Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Kasir, Mohsin Pervaiz, Nasir Dar, Kamil Ali (wk), Mian Waqas, Mian Nauman, Suleman, Faraz Mir, Habib Ullah, Faiq Butt and Haji Rafiq.

Putting light on the services of the club for the promotion of cricket in the region, Muslim Gym chief organiser Mian Aslam said: “We have produced eight Test cricketers, six international and many first class cricketers and I, myself, remained international umpire for several years. We want to continue to contribute in providing quality players to the country, and if merit is followed at regional level, I assure Pakistan cricket will start flourishing and producing quality results.

He lamented that Minto Park ground, which is historical ground of Pakistan and has honour to produce eight captains for national team, has not been restored yet. “We demand Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, who has been effectively promoting sports among youth, to take notice of this serious matter and restore the ground which was closed due to Metro Project. Due to its closure, 700 players of 14 clubs have been suffering badly and are being deprived of their due rights.”