Sunday, 23 October 2011

Pak pacer Sadaf Hussain says he 'wanted to give up cricket' following mother's death

Sadaf Hussain, who was part of the Pakistan team for the Caribbean tour, has said that he 'wanted to give up cricket for good' following his mother's demise.

Although the 21-year-old pace bowler did not play any matches on the West Indies tour, he said that he thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and particularly savoured the opportunity to work with the then Pakistan coach Waqar Younis.

However, Sadaf's world came crashing down recently when his mother passed away.

"I cannot describe how painful and difficult the experience was. I miss my mother terribly, I miss her so much, I remember her all of the time, but it was the Almighty's decision to take her away from us and there is nothing I or anyone else can do to change that. She was suffering from Hepatitis B," quoted Sadaf, as saying.

"After my mother passed away, I was so broken hearted and distraught that I wanted to give up cricket for good. I decided that I would not play cricket ever again. It was my mother's wish that I should play first class cricket and also her wish that one day I would play for Pakistan, so after she passed, I thought she is no longer with me and I was so upset that I just wanted to give up cricket, as she was not there to support me," he added.

Sadaf explained how his family members then convinced him to recommence his training and start playing cricket once again.

"My father and other family members convinced me to start training again and reminded me that it was my late mother's dream for me to become a first class cricketer. Even then I was unsure. However, my father spoke with me at length on this subject and convinced me, so I agreed to recommence playing cricket," the young pacer said.

"I believe that my late mother who always prayed for my success will be looking down upon me and will continue to pray for my success in future and God willing I will make her proud in years to come," he added. (ANI)

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