First public interaction of new Pak envoy at cricket ground in Woking

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LONDON: Pakistan High Commission London’s Cricket Team played a T20 friendly match with Woking Cricket Club on Saturday (September 26). The match was played at Woking and Horsell Cricket Club.

High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan, an avid cricketer himself, and his spouse attended the match. They were welcomed by Jonathan Lord MP, Mayor of Woking Cllr Beryl Hunwicks and the local community members.  

Pak High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan speaking on the occasion of a friendly cricket match between the teams of the High Commission and Woking Cricket Club on Saturday. Jonathan Lord MP and Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner Mohammad Ayub stand next to him.

Speaking on the occasion, the High Commissioner said he and his wife were delighted that their first interaction with the community was taking place through cricket which is the most popular sport in Pakistan. On a lighter note, Mr Khan shared he had been playing some serious cricket in the past which he still had not been able to take out of his mind.

The High Commissioner thanked the hosts and the local team for the warm welcome they extended to him and his spouse. He also commended them for organizing a lovely day out in their beautiful city when the cricketing season was coming to close. The High Commissioner said he was looking forward to more sports events in the future to connect with the community.

High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan presenting souvenirs to Jonathan Lord MP and Mayor of Woking Cllr Beryl Hunwicks

The MP and the Mayor thanked the High Commissioner for reaching out and choosing Woking for his first public attendance. They said cricket is one of the many things that enhance friendship between England and Pakistan. They said Woking is a diverse community with many Pakistanis living cohesively there. They wished the High Commissioner a peaceful and productive stay and hoped to jointly organize more such useful activities in the future.

Maintaining social distancing, both the teams and the local cricket fans enjoyed the day out.