Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Galaxy of stars makes launch of Salahuddin Ahmed’s autobiography Sallu truly memorable

Jumbo Editorial Team

Salahuddin Ahmed, a former Test cricketer, having headed the national selection committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has been one of the most popular figures in the country and a galaxy of stars was in attendance in the launch of his autobiography titled ‘Sallu’ at Hotel Pearl Continental, Karachi, on January 31.

The ceremony was conducted by the most famous playwright of the country, Anwar Maqsood, who has a style of his own. The list of speakers included batting great, Hanif Mohammad, enterprising all-rounder and former captain, Shahid Khan Afridi, another former captain, Rashid Latif, squash legend, Jahangir Khan, former hockey captain, Islahuddin Siddiqui, and former PCB chiefs, Arif Ali Khan Abbasi and Khalid Mahmood.

Salahuddin, nicknamed ‘Sallu’, may have played a handful of Test matches but he has made his mark as a selector. He has had a remarkably long run in what is generally understood to be a thankless job. He has remained associated with the selection committee at the national as well as the city level.

Not surprisingly, in his autobiography, he has spoken quite a bit about the so many challenges he has had to face in carrying out the duties of a selector over the years. He has enjoyed the reputation of possessing an eagle eye besides having the nerves to withstand the pressures of all kinds.

He has chosen to pen his autobiography in Urdu, punctuating it with the verses and pieces of literature that have been hallmark of his personality. He has dedicated the book to his parents, acknowledging their continued guidance to let him accomplish his cherished goals.

A soft-spoken person by nature, who rarely loses temper, Salahuddin has had excellent relations in the media in particular. He used to be the man the media professionals and all his other friends used to look to whenever they faced any problems or hardships regarding airlines matters anywhere in the world. It’s extraordinary how he squeezed seats which looked impossible to get otherwise.

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