Playing a sport dominated by ex-pat players means that teams change from season to season. Students come to the bright lights of Berlin and leave shortly afterwards with plenty of stories in their suitcases. From Mumbai to Melbourne and from London to Lahore, ex-players from this wonderful club can look back on their time in Germany with fond memories. For those of us who have set up homes and families here, we are left to pick up the pieces and find another eleven players from somewhere.
So, when our skipper Husnain called and said he had some “big news”, we were all hoping for word of a new player. When he told us that he had found a job back in Pakistan and would be leaving almost within the week, the shock was palpable. And so it came to pass, just one short week after our first AGM, that we all sat again in a restaurant to bid farewell to a true talisman of Britannia (and it is no stretch to say, of Berlin cricket in general).
I would love to give you all a run-down of statistics, but sadly this would mean scanning the web for details of Hussi’s exploits and those of his brothers (Husnain Mahr, Muhammad Husnain, Muhammad Husnain Mahr and about 15 others). So all I will say is the following…a great leader, clever, economical spin bowler, a safe pair of hands (usually!) and batting that has dragged us out of the deep brown stuff too many times to mention in his six years at the club. It is only fitting that his last match ended with a near hat-trick and forty runs in Werder.
Mate…we wish you the best of luck in Pakistan, you will be missed.