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Monday, March 1, 2021

some journeys start from small villages like Chinnappampatti / Khipro !!

Farmers in Hyderabad city of Sindh province staged a demonstration recently, against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government for continuing the import of tomatoes. The protesting farmers destroyed their ready-to-reap harvest as the import of tomatoes has downgraded the prices of locally-grown ones in Hyderabad, Geo News reported. According to the Sindh Abadgar Board (SAB), the federal government was informed about the situation one-and-a-half months ago but it did not stop the import process. As imported tomatoes continued to be supplied to the markets, the rates of local tomatoes drastically went down. According to SAB, farmers are selling tomatoes for prices ranging from Pakistani Rs 11 to Pakistani Rs 15 per kilogramme at the moment, and prices are predicted to be further downgraded to Pakistani Rs 5 per kg.

Civilisations prospered on the banks of rivers.  Mohenjo-daro (meaning 'Mound of the Dead Men') is an archaeological site in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Built around 2500 BCE, it was one of the largest settlements of the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation, and one of the world's earliest major cities, contemporaneous with the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Minoan Crete, and Norte Chico. Mohenjo-daro was abandoned in the 19th century BCE as the Indus Valley Civilization declined, and the site was not rediscovered until the 1920s.  

Thangarasu Natarajan’s meteoric rise to fame and his stirring  debut in all the 3 formats, has put his village Chinnappampatti, near Salem on International map.  His has been a well-deserved meteoric rise – and he appears to be too humble, not swayed by the sudden exposure to fame.  This is about another Cricketer from otherwise obscure place for Cricket !

Khipro is a taluka of the Sanghar District in Sindh, Pakistan. It is located about 581 mi (or 935 km) South of Islamabad, the country's capital. It is the largest taluka in Pakistan. It is bounded to the east by India. The district capital, Sanghar, is a small city roughly 35 miles east–southeast of the city of Nawabshah and the same distance north of Mirpur Khas.

Sindh is one of the four provinces of Pakistan. Located in the southeast of the country, it is the home of the Sindhi people.  Sindh's landscape consists mostly of alluvial plains flanking the Indus River, the Thar desert in the eastern portion of the province closest to the border with India and the Kirthar Mountains in the western part of Sindh. Sindh has Pakistan's second largest economy, while its provincial capital Karachi is Pakistan's largest city and financial hub and hosts the headquarters of several multinational banks. Sindh is home to a large portion of Pakistan's industrial sector and contains two of Pakistan's commercial seaports, Port Bin Qasim and the Karachi Port. The remainder of Sindh has an agriculture based economy and produces fruits, food consumer items and vegetables for the consumption of other parts of the country.

Sindh is known for its distinct culture which is strongly influenced by Sufism, and has Pakistan's highest percentage of Hindu residents. Sindh is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Historical Monuments at Makli and the Archaeological Ruins at Mohenjodaro.

In the 2nd test at Rawalpindi, Pakis were bowled for 272 - Anrich Nortje taking 5/56 and Keshav Maharaj 3/90.  Nauman Ali, left arm spinner is playing his 2nd test, having debuted in the 1st test of the present series.  Nauman Ali was born in Khipro, Sanghar district in interior Sindh, connected to India's border on the east side in front of the Thar desert. Nauman spent his childhood in Khipro until the age of 14, with no cricket in sight, until his father's job brought the entire family to Hyderabad, meaning access to decent cricket infrastructure around the Niaz Stadium.

Nauman is a Punjabi, with his family having roots from Attock, but he grew up largely in Sindh. He is the only one among his eight brothers to play competitive cricket, as the others never rose from recreational tape-ball cricket. Nauman did his bachelors in commerce from Latifabad and is an alumnus of Fazul-ur-Rehman cricket club in Hyderabad.  He is not the first from this province though.  His uncle Rizwan Ahmed, played an ODI for Pakistan in 2008 against Zimbabwe,  and was a crucial figure in convincing Nauman to take up cricket seriously. Nauman started off as a fast bowler, but because of the dry conditions in the city, he was converted into a left-arm spinner, giving him a better chance to impose himself.

Interesting ! 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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