LAHORE - The Old Ravians Union's XI Friday beat the Vice Chancellor’s XI by 24 runs in the festival cricket match played at the Government College University Lahore’s Oval Ground.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Mr Najam Sethi was the chief guest at the festival match, which was also attended by former Test cricketers Abdul Qadir and Haroon ur Rasheed, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah, Old Ravians Union President Kazi Afaq Hossain, Honorary Secretary Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and Rana Asad ullah Khan.

Old Ravians, under the captaincy of former Test cricketer Salim Malik, decided to bat first after winning the toss.

Old Ravians scored 156 runs in 15 overs. Batting maestro and distinguished Old Ravian Muhammad Khurram scored a quick fire 53 runs off just 17 balls. His innings included two fours and 6 sixes. Salim Malik also contributed towards the gigantic score with a fine knock of 31 runs.

Chasing a challenging total of 156 runs, Vice Chancellor’s XI could not face the heat and surrendered after scoring 132 runs. Wickets fell at regular intervals, which added to the difficulties faced by the losing team. Anees Ahmed (34) and Khurram Shahzad (21) were the only batsmen to show some resistance.

Speaking on the occasion, Sethi said that he had played a lot cricket at the Government College Lahore in his youth times. He also remembered many sportsmen who played cricket with him at the GC and some of them later made it the Test team of Pakistan. He said that there was not much money in cricket at that time, but there was extreme level of dedication and hard work in the cricketers. He also pledged to provide GCU Lahore, his alma mater, full support for the training of cricketers and provision of other facilities including cricket ground.

Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hassan Amir Shah expressed gratitude to Old Ravians Union for organising a colourful match, saying that they would bring in a tougher team next year. Speaking on the occasion, Salim Malik said that GCU was one of the finest sports nurseries for producing top sportsmen for the country’s national teams, and had been maintaining its tradition of excellence in sports since 1947. He said playing for Old Ravians as former alumni of the GC was a big proud moment for him. GCU Director Sports Khadim Ali Khan said that the GCU is providing ample sports facilities to the students.