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Miandad, curator elated at Iqbal's inclusion

While it is natural for Miandad to be elated at his nephew's recall, Zahid was Iqbal's coach at the junior level.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 11:34 IST

Legendary Pakistan batsman Javed Miandad and Pakistan Cricket Board's chief curator Agha Zahid are equally happy at young batsman Faisal Iqbal's inclusion in the team for the third Test against India.

While it is natural for Miandad to be elated at his nephew's recall, Zahid has an entirely different reason to be proud of. Zahid was Iqbal's coach at the junior level.

Iqbal has been named as a "cover" for captain Inzamam-ul-Haq who is doubtful for the third and final Test beginning at the National Stadium here Sunday with a chronic back problem.

Faisal has played 10 Tests for Pakistan.

It seems that Iqbal had not spoken to Zahid, also a former Test player, since being named in the 16-member squad Wednesday. That the coach was expecting a call from Faisal became evident when IANS called him to ask about the pitch. Zahid apparently did not hear the name properly and began congratulating.

When told that it was not Faisal, he realised the mistake and said: "Oh, I thought he was calling me. After all, I was his coach at the junior level."

Karachi resembles Delhi, Mumbai

Karachi, Pakistan's best-known and largest metropolis, resembles Indian capital New Delhi and Mumbai in several ways, especially considering the flyovers dotting the city, the black-and-yellow taxis and, to a large extent, the language too.

Then there are big malls and huge overhead hoardings that are truly modern.

Here, much like in New Delhi, the government is trying to make the vehicular movement as easy as possible and without traffic signals. With increasing population, the traffic problem only looks set to become bigger in days and years to come.

But unlike New Delhi, there are proper crossings on top of the flyovers in this port city and traffic moves according to the signals, also placed over the flyovers.

Cabs, cabs and more cabs

Karachi surely has the largest number of taxis in any Pakistani city. Cabs of various colours could be seen plying all over this busy city.

Metro or radio cabs, considered the most efficient and honest here, run at a rate of Rs.15 per kilometre.

Locals say this mode of payment ensures that the taxi drivers do not charge unreasonable amounts from passengers, especially those coming from outside the city.

While hiring a metro cab, the company booth gives the passenger two receipts. One is for himself and a copy for the driver. The amount is filled and paid at disembarkation, making it easy for the passenger.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 11:34 IST