AYAZ MEMON

When I was 20, I never aimed to be a cricket writer. At 50, I can’t think of being anything else. Fortuitously, I got a break in a sports magazine while I was studying law and got hooked. Or stumped if you prefer.

My passion for cricket, which was submerged under the conventional pursuit of academia, suddenly found new and full expression. Law took a back seat as I got a ringside view of cricket, first in Bombay, then India, and then all over the world.

Along the way, I have been editor of a city eveninger and a morning entertainment supplement but cricket writing has never—never—been out of my system.

I have pursued this on holidays from mainline editorship, sometimes combined the “news potential” of cricket with mainline duties, often just bulldozed my way through the objections of proprietors and senior management to watch say Tendulkar’s 100th Test (in England, 2002) or India reach the finals of the 2003 World Cup.

What this passion for cricket means I need hardly expound. Every one of you has obviously experienced it which is why you are where you are now. It is as quintessentially Indian as dal and rice. The game may have been imported from
England, but as the eminent sociologist Ashis Nandy tells us in his seminal work, The Tao of Cricket, “cricket is an Indian game invented by the British.”

I have been a trifle self-obsessed only to drive home a point: that we are all ruled by this passion and discover it in a myriad ways, but very few are able to convert that passion into a vocation.

In a media environment that is dynamic and
growing rapidly and providing more opportunities, I hope some—if not most—of you will be able to actualise your dream.

For all of those of you desirous of making a career in cricket writing or broadcasting, you could not have chosen better. There is no game more exhilarating, more noble. No other sport teaches you as much about life.

So mark your crease, take your guard, be alert, but be relaxed. Cricket journalism is a job undoubtedly — the best job in the world.

There is no foolproof formula for becoming a successful cricket writer. But some things help. These, according to me, are:

1) Know the Laws: You’ll be surprised to know how many people, including players and specialists, don’t know the laws of cricket. For instance, at Bombay in 1987, West Indies opener Desmond Haynes protested with the umpire after he was given out ‘handled the ball’. Haynes later confessed he did not know that such type of dismissal existed.

2) Do your homework: Many journalists land up at matches or interviews without sufficient background work. History of a venue, facts about players add value to stories/interviews. Poor preparation leads to poor writing.

3) Use statistics as a prop, not as the story itself except in very rare circumstances. Most cricket writers today rattle of stats as narrative. There is nothing more boring.

4) Look for unusual happenings/events. The modern game is covered so extensively covered by TV that readers (who were viewers too) are looking for that something ‘extra’ in a cricket writer’s story.

5) Keep yourself updated with happenings/players all over the cricket world. As in law, ignorance is no excuse in journalism.

6) Strike a rapport with players/officials without sacrificing journalistic integrity or clout. Let them know early on that you are entitled to your opinion.

7) Read as many newspapers/websites and especially of competition to know who is doing what, whether you are missing stories, are you ahead of the pack.

***

Cricket lends itself to literature, and there are hundreds of fine authors and housands of wonderful books that one can read. It’s an amazing game where one can discover a new facet or nugget of information even if you read the same book again and again, so reading on cricket is actually a lifelong process.

Given the volume of writing available—and the outstanding authorships—it is virtually impossible to make a short list of five or six books. But here goes:

1) The Laws of Cricket: for obvious reasons.

2) Farewell to Cricket: The autobiography of the greatest player the world has ever seen. Sir Donald Bradman has an elephant’s memory and his prose is lucid.

3) The Art of Cricket: Again authored by the Don, this is a comprehensive study on how to play the game – right from choosing equipment to field setting, to captaincy.

4) The Art of Captaincy by Mike Brearley: a superb treatise on one of the most intriguing facets of the game.

5) Cardus in the Covers: Actually you can pick any book by Sir Neville for failproof delight. Arguably the finest writer on the game, unarguably the most romantic, easily the best on the ears.

6) Sunny Days: A simply told, fast paced narrative of the early years in international cricket of one of India’s best-loved cricket sons, Sunil Gavaskar.

7) Tiger’s Tale: A pithy autobiography by Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who lost one eye in a car accident yet played at the international level, became the youngest captain in the history of the game in 1962, and used spin bowlers to make India a force to reckon with.

8) A History of Indian Cricket: This tome by Mihir Bose is well-researched and very well written. A must in a cricket lover’s library.

9) Wicket in the East: A fine anthology of essays, portraits collated and edited by Ramchandra Guha who, apart from being a social philosopher of distinction is also one of India’s finest cricket writers.

10) Finally, the Wisden Cricketers Almanac. Called the bible of the game, this is no euphemism, believe me.

27 Responses to “AYAZ MEMON”

  1. debbrata Says:

    ayaz vai,
    adab. i’m work in a bangla news paper in bangladesh. i’ts my great exprience to listen you. and also this feature shuld be very helpfull to me. because i’m working with cricket.
    thank you
    debbrata

  2. cricketcrazy Says:

    hi ayaz. i think you should come out of the media and start your own blog or something.people aren’t believong what the media says.

  3. Awesh Memon Says:

    Dear Ayaz Memon Sahab,
    Nice to go through your atricle on web. I am inclined to join Media but lacking the guidance for this. I have heard lot about you and inspired also.
    May i request your kind favour to contact me on my email id and help me for the same please?
    Thank you very much,
    Regards,
    Awesh

  4. rekha Says:

    hi ayaz,
    me ur friend from st. xaviers. remember me?want to congradualte u for ur good work all throught he years.been following ur writing always.
    regards,
    rekha

  5. hitesh arora Says:

    hello sir,
    as so many of them i am also one of your follower and m eager to just get started with this kind of profession,as u mentioned cricket is next to anything in india. i also want to start as a writer. buttttttttt…….. i don know how? please sir if you could help me.

  6. ayaz memon Says:

    Hi Rekha

    What a pleasant surprise to read your response in Sans Serif to my article. Of course I remember you! What are you up to these days?

    Regards

  7. Feroz Baig Says:

    Hi Ayaz Sir, met you today at Hyderabad’s Lal Bahadur Stadium after the ICL pak and world match. U asked me if my name was Feroz or Feroze for giving the autograph. Also took a couple of pics with u.. (All tht info was jus to try to remind u about me.) I’m interested into Cricket Writting and Commentary. Good to hear tht you are one of the editors of DNA newspaper.

    If u could help me in getting some reporting or writting for DNA, it would be of great help. I’ve always been interested in the media.

    Thanks a lot,
    Feroz Baig

  8. abhishek Says:

    hello sir m abhishek pathak.. i m still 15 years of ge…but i am very deteremined to make m career in cricket journalism………i will ahve to convince my parents first but i will do that..but i should tell u hat iam a good analyser of the game……it would be very nice of u if u could give me suggestions on carreer prospects in cricket journalism…..
    THANKING U

    this is my email id…….apathak61@yahoo.co.in

  9. Karan Says:

    Hi Ayaz sir,

    Thanks a lot for the wonderful piece of information. Cheers!

  10. rekha Says:

    ayaz,
    please do write to me. would want to be in touch with u.

    my mail id is: rekha@aviciad.com


  11. Those are wonderful tips. While I have read some of the books you have recommended, I guess ‘The laws of cricket’ is a cracking recommendation.

    Thanks for this wonderful article.

    Goutham

  12. sunny Mahajan Says:

    Sir ,

    Need to ask you a question that why there is criticism of sachin tendulkar when he was scoring the runs but was not aggressive at that time? Some of the writers did write that he should retire now?Just want to know Sachin has been aggressive till 2003 world cup after that he curbed his natural instinct for the team sake for 14 years he was the best aggressinve batsman and now Mahinder singh dhoni is doing it i within three years like in banglore’s test innings he is termed as a finisher.We have damaged the respect so much for our masters that he said that he had to turn the stones thrown at him into milestones.
    Critics Have no reason to disturb the great indian master blaster.
    Please reply

  13. vivek krishnan Says:

    Brilliant …..
    Right impetus for me to pursue my career in this field …..
    cheers .

  14. parvez ahmed Says:

    hello sir.
    i am in second year of journalism and have a passion for cricket since i started watching it in 1999.since then i had a will to be associated with this game. and after chosing journalism as my career, this interest is increasing.
    i just want to know sir, if a person wants to be just a cricket journalist(print/TV), will he directly be offered a role?

  15. Arun Says:

    Hi Ayaz,

    I am specialised freelance cricket writer.

    I can write on any of the following related to cricket:
    1. Match Reviews
    2. Match Previews
    3. Player Profiles
    4. News
    5. Views
    6. Columns/BlogPosts
    7. Anything on the History of the game or the techical aspects of the game.

    Kindly let me know (PM me) if you need anything from the above list or anything apart from that, the frequency and the number of words, and I shall give you a quote.

    I can assure you of good quality and timely delivery.

  16. Soumyadeep Das Says:

    Hi Ayaz

    The India Aus cricket match spectators were supposed to get a refund which was announnced in TV channels & Newspapers. However there was no mention of dates.

    Please find trail below also

    MCA did eventually come out with a date on their website and the following context but I guess most of us were ill informed about the same. Was NDTV aware?

    Dates for Refund of 7th ODI Match between India and Australia
    ——————————————————————————–

    The seventh ODI between India and Australia was to played at the DY Patil Sports Complex, Nerul on 11th November 2009 under the auspices of Mumbai Cricket Association.

    The said match was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to unseasonal rains accompanied by a cyclone.

    The Managing Committee of the Mumbai Cricket Association decided to refund full amount of the ticket due to the unusual circumstances.

    The Association wishes to inform the general public that the refund of tickets can be obtained from the Wankhede Stadium from 23rd December 2009 to 31st December 2009 between 10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. (Including Holiday & Sunday).

    Refund will be against a valid paid ticket issued by the Association.

    We will not entertain any refund claims after 31st December 2009.

    Hemant Waingankar | Lalchand Rajput
    Jt. Hon. Secretaries

    There was no information from kyazoonga.com either regarding the refund

    Can you please help to get the money back. At least make this a News please. I know this is very insignificant but 10K odd is a big amount for me.

    Thanks
    Soumyadeep
    9820004808

    On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 11:34 AM, soumyadeep das wrote:

    Hi All

    MCA had come out ONLY on their website the following. Unfortunately none of us knew. I agree to my Dad’s view point NOW that eventually MCA will be eating up this money. So we have to collectively share the damage ( inclusive of interest charges as I had booked using my CC ) incase there is no further action.

    I have also sent messages to to the TV channels. But this is too insignificant I guess .

    Thanks
    Soumyadeep
    9820004808

    PS-Biju if you could please forward this to Vineetha.

    On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM, soumyadeep das wrote:

    Dear Mr Rajput/ Mr Waingankar,

    I came to know just now that the last date for claiming refunds of the below said match was 31 December 2009.

    I stand to loose a huge amount of 10,553/ as I had booked by online.

    Please help
    Soumyadeep Das
    9820004808


  17. Mr. Ayaz Memon,

    Here is an article that I have written on Tendulkar. Would like to get your feedback, suggestions, comments on it.

    – Prashant Karhade.

    P.S: There isn’t a chance in hell that you would remember, but we have met once. My last name could give you a clue as to where that must have been.
    —-

    Tendulkar killed the Richards in him

    17th January, 2010, the day when the first Test of a 2-Test series between India and Bangladesh was to begin, started with Sehwag, the stand-in Indian skipper, calling Bangladesh “an ordinary Test side incapable of taking 20 Indian test wickets”. And for the first hour, it looked like his batting was where his mouth was earlier. But the session after lunch had a different story to tell. Sehwag played a slightly short ball in the air and was snapped up at short extra cover. Gambhir edged a delivery that that was pitched short and sat up a little, but one that he should have left alone. Dravid played all over a yorker while trying to work it on the on-side and was bowled comprehensively. Laxman danced down the wicket and tried to flick the ball but was beaten by the flight, got an inside edge on to the pads that went to the wicket-keeper who stumped him. Yuvaraj tried to loft one over the ropes but only managed to lob it straight into the hands of the fielder at mid-on. Karthik played one away from the body before getting his eye in and ended up giving a sharp catch to gully. From 79 for no loss, Team India was reduced to 150 for six, in under 26 overs.
    While all this was happening, Tendulkar held up one end and hopes of a spirited Indian fightback. But while the above six batsmen were almost casual in their approach, Tendulkar went to the other extreme and played overcautiously. It almost seemed as if he was consumed with the thought that “Doesn’t matter if I am stranded in my 80s and doesn’t matter if India ends up with a paltry total, but I will not get out”. “Safety of my wicket at all costs” seemed to be his mantra. In the process, he made the Bangladeshi bowling attack look menacing, which it isn’t by any stretch of imagination. And there were no demons hiding in the pitch either. If batsmen showed the willingness, they could bat fairly easily. Tendulkar increased his speed of getting runs eventually. He scored 29 of the 30 runs scored on the morning of the second day’s play, and got to his 44th Test hundred. But Team India ended with a rather “ordinary” 243 in the first innings. And for this to have happened in the first Test match that India is playing after being crowned the “No. 1 side in Tests” is a terrific irony!
    “Tendulkar batted sensibly and at least saved India the blushes”, most people would say and are saying. But I have a different take on the situation. “What’s the big deal if a sharp sword slices through an apple?” I say. Without any intention of belittling Tendulkar’s effort, I would like to humbly point out that he is “Sachin Tendulkar”, the man who has broken every imaginable batting record! He is certainly good enough to score a “sensible hundred” against Bangladesh while wickets were falling around him. But I believe that he is capable of a lot more than that. He could have taken the attack to the Bangladeshi bowlers and blasted a quick-fire hundred, and then stretched it into a big one and taken Team India past 300 or even 350 if he wanted to, but he chose not to. But then again, he has been deliberately choosing to play in a subdued fashion for a long time now.
    But was he always like this? If you have watched Tendulkar over the years, you would know that the answer to that question is a resounding NO. He wasn’t like this at all! In his debut series against Pakistan, when he was not even a 16-year-old, Waqar Younis hit him on the nose and drew blood, literally. Tendulkar received on-field treatment and then smacked Waqar for two fours in the very same over! Tendulkar was a very aggressive, attacking batsman in Tests. Just look at some of his old innings anew if you don’t believe me. His aggression then, and the significant reduction in it now, will be as clear as daylight. And I just can’t forget the days when he started opening in ODIs after a rather unsuccessful stint in the middle order. He used to come and fire rockets from his bat all over the wagonwheel, through the wide open gaps in the field while the fielding restrictions were still on. But it was all new to him. So he would get carried away more often than not, and get out after a quickfire 30 or 40, with the run rate comfortably over 6, and closer to 7 or 8 on many occasions. That was new to all of us as well since a score of say 35 for one after 10 overs was quite common and in fact considered “quite good” in the pre-Tendulkar era.
    I am privy to some inside information through a confidential source, who told me that Tendulkar “asked” for the job of opener in ODIs from the team management. “I like it when the ball comes on to my bat. That is when I can play my natural game and play shots freely. And as it happens, there are gaps galore in the first 15 overs,” he must have argued. So that’s how he got the job, and that’s how he came to be the batsman who struck terror in the hearts of opposition bowlers, even if it was for a brief 7 or 8 overs during those early days.
    But soon enough, people stopped being happy with his quickfire 30 or 40 in ODIs and a not-so-stellar average in Tests, and started asking, “Why can’t you bat longer and get a hundred? After all, what good is your brisk innings if it doesn’t lead to bigger innings and, the most important thing of all, victories? After he once got out to a rash shot and when he was asked about it later by a journalist, he replied, “It looks like a rash shot now because I got out. But if that ball had got to the boundary rope like a bullet, you would have clapped right?” What he meant was that the decision to preemptively attack the opposition is like a double-edged sword; sometimes, the attacker is the one who’s left bleeding. But instead of acknowledging that as part and parcel of the strategy to attack, and that at the end of the day, cricket is “just a game”, Tendulkar was rapped on the knuckles! “Don’t you go saying something stupid like that,” he was admonished, although maybe not in so many words.
    So he took it to heart, as much as a mortal being can. He stopped uttering anything even remotely as “stupid” as that. And more importantly, he curbed his “natural instincts” in favour of caution, longevity of innings, and more hundreds and runs in the bag, for himself as well as for Team India. And the result is there for everybody to see. He is the safest, most consistent run making machine that has ever walked onto a cricket field without a shadow of doubt! 44 hundreds, 13,000+ runs in Test cricket and counting. 45 hundreds, 17,000+ runs in ODIs and counting. My confidential source told me that more than 15 years ago, Sunil Gavaskar told Tendulkar, “Tendlya, there are a few good bowlers around today, but they aren’t half as menacing as Garner, Marshall, Holding, Roberts, Lillie, and the likes. And that is why you have to get at least 50 international hundreds! Only then will I be able to say that you lived up to your potential.” Well, Tendulkar scored a Gavaskar’s career worth of international centuries more than Gavaskar’s fairly high expectations of him! You have to read the previous sentence again to appreciate what Tendulkar has “achieved” in his life.
    But Tendulkar’s cricketing idol is none other than Sir Vivian Richards, and therein lies the irony. In the process of fulfilling his own, Gavaskar’s, and the entire nation’s expectations of himself, Tendulkar has become the complete antithesis of the player that he idolizes! If Richards would have watched Tendulkar’s batting yesterday, I daresay he would have wept uncontrollably, for the one thing that Richards symbolized was his trademark swagger! He never compromised the way he batted, no matter what the circumstances or the consequences if he got out. Lest you have forgotten, he played in his “usual” style in the 1983 World Cup final as well, and if Kapil Dev hadn’t pulled off that stunner, India would never have won their only World Cup. Chewing gum perennially, which was another one of his trademarks, he batted with only one aim: to not just score heaps of runs but to utterly dominate the bowlers and demoralize them. On days that he got the better of the bowlers, he would punch his hand in the air. And on days that the bowlers got the better of him, he would walk back to the pavilion, spit the chewing gum from his mouth, and hit it out of the way with his bat before it hit the ground, as if to say, “You got me this time punk. But beware the next time I come out to bat! It’s going to be a bloody affair.” And more often than not, it would be a bloody affair. But I will always remember Sir Vivian Richards for what I once heard him say in an interview. He said, “I have never worn a helmet, and I never will. The day I feel that I ‘need’ a helmet, will be the last day I play cricket.” I was floored to say the least! No wonder they call him “King Richards”. He really was the “King of the Jungle”.
    I am guessing that in his younger days, Tendulkar must have idolized Sir Vivian Richards as the player that he wanted to become. And to be fair to Tendulkar, he could have. But most Indians didn’t want a “Richards”; they wanted a “Tendulkar”, one word for “a safe, consistent, run-making machine”. To their wishes, Tendulkar said “sar aakhon par” or “your wish is my command”, killed the Richards in him, and gave them a “Tendulkar” instead. You get what you ask for!
    P.S: To Dear Tendlya, You now have 89 international hundreds and 30,000+ international runs! What do you have to lose now yaar? Enough of this safety, wafety. Why not bat like your idol for the remainder of your career at least? Kaay mhantos?

    Prashant Karhade (the_one@prashantkarhade.com)

    • atanu sinha Says:

      prashant, it appears that you have joined the anti-tendulkar crusade led by michael atherton.
      your comments are so disappointing that it hurts every indian. if you don’t like sachin, atleast don’t disrspect him like this. don’t forget the contribution this man has given to indian cricket. tendulkar has given 20 years of his damn life and still going. he has gone through so many operations and comeback from potentially career ending injuries. literally, every part of his body has gone under the knife. he’s had to carry the burdens of expectations of billions of people. how many operations has viv richards gone through? how much of burden did viv have to carry? i respect viv as well. but, i had to bring this point in reponse to your disrespectful comments. as you said viv, the king of jungle. let me tell you, if viv is the king of the jungle then sachin is the king of kings. i give you a situation, india require 275 runs to win from 50 overs and they are 47-5 in 15 overs then what do you want a player to do, play a rash shot like viv did in the wc final in 1983 and make it 47-6 or play sensibly according to the situation. what matters to you, a player playing for the team and according to its needs or a player playing to satisfy his ego and reputation and in the process sending his team into the jaws of defeat. it’s all about moulding yourself according to the match situation and throwing cautions to the wind everytime. and as far as sachin playing slowly is concerned, let me tell you he shows aggression when needed and gets circunspect when he needs to be. otherwise he’d not have scored 200 off 147 in gwalior odi and become the only player in history to score an odi double ton. this man has scored 30000+ international runs, try and make even one international run then you’ll realise how tough it is.it’s always easier said than done. sachin cares about playing for india not for satisfying his ego. mark my words,”2nd april 2011 will be the day etched in everybody’s memory as sachin will lead india to world cup victory and realise his and every indian’s dream”, indian flag will be fluttering high at wankhede stadium on that day. that’ll be a red letter day in indian cricket history. sachin tendulkar is the god of cricket. that’s it

  18. SUSHRUT BHATIA Says:

    Sir, it was a delight to read your article as it is always. I have been a keen cricket watcher from a very young age. Indeed this sport has taught me the way of life. Unlike any other sport it helps an individual to grow from within and without. Having played the game for my school and for the Victoria Park Club (PK practiced there formerly, what a delight it gives me to think of it),in Meerut, I understand its various facets. Having just enterd the college life and persuing English Honours from Hansraj college, I aspire to be a cricket writer or journalist or do anything that would keep me close to this dear sport. Honestly, I have my fears for the health of this game with the over indulgence in T20 cricket. India played just 4 tests in the calender year and that too, 2 of them where squeezed in after much ado. Now the IPL, getting bigger still with 2 more cities ready to add to the razmataz the next season, the upcoming ICC World T20, then Champions League T20, it seems an overdose of this format. What side effects would it have? Only time would tell. Yes T20 has its rightful place in the cricketting sphere, as the genius, Tendulkar said that T20 opens the doors for those not competent enough for test cricket. But test cricket is ultimate and ODI’s essential. Allegorically speaking test cricket is like the music of R.D Burman, ghazals of Ghulam Ali, the cinema of Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt. Its longevity is its prime attribute. Only a handful people can under stand the classical music or novel and relish it and revere it. One has to be in love with test cricket to feel its eternal bliss, to let it affect one’s emotions. It has so much more to teach you than the rock n roll of T20. Its high time the balance between the three formats and the balance between the bat and ball is struck right. I hope my understanding of the game is not awry and my comments sensible. Thank you sir. Sushrut Bhatia

  19. Deepti Says:

    Hello the famous writer on cricket Ayaz Menon,this is Deepti shah from chennai and would be interested in writing for cricket. I have just written a article on Indian IPL, you can just go through that.

    Thanking you
    Deepti Shah

    ***

    Indian premier league is now one of the biggest sports events happening in India, very successful event that is generating lot of money for everyone and credit goes to MR Lalit Modi who got this idea of IPL, another important reason for success is event is very well organised and very entertaining both for the spectators and the players. All the stadiums are running full and people are switched to their Idiot boxes as if there is world cup going on , that is the level of craziness people have about cricket in India, we all know cricket is considered a religion in India but domestic cricket can also generate so much hype was really surprising ,and 2 more teams which have been added this year that is kochi and pune but they will start playing from next year, as most of the team owners are making lot of money the teams auctioned this year paid three times more than earlier teams owners , so that is right as Lalit modi said in his statement that as far as IPL is concerned there is no recession, The another major reason for the success of Indian premier league is the serious of the players and with the amount of intensity generated to play is just growing game after game,the year IPL took of that is 2008 and now 2010 its grown bigger and bigger in terms of everything and as Mr Lalit Modi said that every year the standards will go high so its becomes more interesting for spectators and the players as well. And the ultimate gainer will also be the Government of India who are expected to receive high tax from IPL.The players who are talented and never got chance to play for India can showcase their talent in IPL and can make a place in the team . so in the end looks like as of now everyone is gaining from Indian premier league and the way it is growing year after year it is going to stay here for long time.

  20. Chaitanya Says:

    Ayaz Sir

    I am confused from where to start this career whether applying in news paper or media.Please suggest.

  21. Dibyojyoti Bhattacharjee Says:

    Dear Mr. Memon,

    I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Business Administration, Assam University

    We have invented a method by which the fielding performance of cricketers can be measured. This is the first successful attempt to measure fielding performance.

    The research paper is published in the journal “International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching”

    I wish that you may please look into it and suggest us how we can bring it to the domain of cricket from academics.

    Please provide me your email. Mine is djb.stat@gmail.com


  22. Janab Ayaz Memon

    Assalamualaikum.. I have just gone through the suggestions and recommendations for aspiring cricket journalists and I find it of great help. Thank You for disclosing the secrets of your success.

    I am Syed Owais Husain Salman, an aspiring cricket journalist. I have been an ardent follower of the game. Cricket has always been my passion. I played 2 day and 3-day leagues for Nizam College, Hyderabad. Though I couldn’t make it to the top league, my love for the game remains the same and so I have started my own blog Cricinsights at http://cricinsights.blogspot.in/. I had a short stint with the leading urdu daily newspaper “Munsif” as a sports journalist.

    My father Mr. Syed Fazil Hussain Parvez is a senior journalist and the chief editor of GAWAH URDU WEEKLY..(http://www.gawahweekly.com/). He is a childhood friend of Mohammed Azharuddin and wrote the first book in urdu on the legendary cricketer under the title “CRICKET KA SHEHZADA” in 1986. My father discusses good memories of his meeting with you at SPORTS WEEK OFFICE in MUMBAI and about your visits to Hyderabad.

    He is a great admirer of you and has advised me to seek your guidance and patronage in this field. A little mentoring from you would be of great help for me.

    Wish you a sound health and longevity.

  23. Jitendra mahambare Says:

    Ayaz, I’ve been a fan of yours since the sportsweek days. As I see it, u followed your dreams —- and succeeded. Not all of us can do that for more worldly reasons. Best of luck for UR future. As I see it u followed UR passion , a very respectable thing to do in my eyes.

  24. Bhavuk Mudgal Says:

    Hi Ayaz Sir,

    It’s a wonderful article written by you. I am a great cricket fan, i always wanted to become a cricketer, but somehow i landed in IT Industry. I need an advice from you, can I become a cricket writer now, at the age of 26?


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