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Inzi and boys turn spiritual

Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq led a group of his team mates to Raiwand to seek the blessings of spiritual leaders Maulana Abdul Wahab.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2005 17:31 IST

Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq led a group of his team mates, including Mohammad Yousuf (erstwhile Yusuf Youhana), Mushtaq Ahmed, Younis Khan, Asim Kamal, Rana Naved, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi to Raiwand, the headquarters of the Tableeghi Jamaat outside Lahore, to seek the blessings of spiritual leaders Maulana Abdul Wahab ahead of the Test and ODI series against England.

The three-match Test series begins on Saturday with the first test at Multan.

The players said they received inspirational advice from the spiritual leader. "The visit was to hold a soul-searching session with the Maulana before the start of the series. We had a very good discussion with him and he gave us some inspirational advice," The News quoted one of the players as saying after their visit to Tableeghi Jamaat.

He added: "The Maulana told us that everything is in the hand of God and we must just try to do our best for the country with sincerity and hard work. It is up to God to grant us success or failure. It is not up to us to get the end results. He advised us that in defeat or victory we should not forget our duties as Muslims and remain a close unit because success is achieved by working as a family and not individually. Prayers were also held."

Former skipper Saeed Anwar, who played an important role in the recent conversion of Youhana from a Christian into a Muslim, and a couple of other notables involved in the Tableeghi Jamaat work also accompanied the cricketers to Raiwand, said the paper.

According to the report, Inzi, Mushtaq, Afridi and some other players now regularly go with the Tableeghi Jamaat groups on preaching tours.

First Published: Nov 10, 2005 17:31 IST