Younis Ahmed, the Pakistan test batsman who plays in English county cricket, was banned from Pakistan cricket for life, after he played for Derrick Robins' Touring Team against a Black South African side in Soweto, an African township outside the South African business capital, Johannesburg, on October 20th.
Younis Ahmed, the Pakistan test batsman who plays in English county cricket, was banned from Pakistan cricket for life, after he played for Derrick Robins' Touring Team against a Black South African side in Soweto, an African township outside the South African business capital, Johannesburg, on October 20th. The Pakistan National Association did not approve the tour, because South African cricket sides are still not selected on a multi-racial basis.
Despite the furore, the match was particularly significant because it was the first one ever permitted between a white touring team and native African cricketers. The visiting team were also the first touring side to include black players. Another black player in derrick Robins' eleven was the West Indian all rounder, John Shepherd, who plays for the English county side, Kent. The West Indian Association forbade West Indians to take part in the tour.
The English Test board did not give its approval to the tour -- it cancelled the official English test tour in 1970 -- but has made no objection to players going as representatives of their clubs.
Younis Ahmed has frequently said he would prefer to play for England rather than the Pakistani national side.
Derrick Robins' team made 359 runs, with two Surrey players -- Roope and Edrich each making over a hundred. Younis made some good shots before being bowled. The South African side made 137. There is to be another match against a black African side in Cape Town.
SYNOPSIS: The match between Derrick Robins' touring team and a black South African side at Soweto on Saturday was the first cricket match between a white touring team and a native South African side. But it had unfortunate consequences for the Pakistan test batsman, Younis Ahmed, who plays in English cricket and was in the touring side.
After the match, he was banned from playing cricket in Pakistan for life by his national association, who had not approved the tour on the grounds that South African sides are still not selected on a multi-racial basis.
Derrick Robins' Eleven batted first and Younis Ahmed played in his usual forceful fashion. His innings had extra significance because he and John Shepherd -- a West Indian member of the side -- are the first coloured players to be allowed in a team touring South Africa.
Derrick Robins' Eleven amassed 359 runs. In reply the South African team made 137. The bulk of the runs for the touring side were made by John Edrich and Graham Roope, who both made over a hundred. Roji and Lange bowled well for the South African side.
English Cricket administrators did not give their approval to the tour, but have made no objection to players going unofficially. The official English tour of 1970 was cancelled because of South Africa's racial policies. Younis, who has said that he would sooner play for England than for Pakistan, may receive more lenient treatment from the English cricket board.