Masam Ali Malik

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  • LocationLahore, Pakistan
  • Squad Number5
  • Debut date

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou

Current age:   30 Years

Major teams:    WOMBATs

Playing role :  All Rounder

Batting style:  Right-hand bat

Bowling Style:  Right Arm Medium 

If there ever was a quote that epitomized my life, this is it. My earliest memories are not of toys, amusement parks or birthday parties but rather a game that was forever etched into the psyche of a nation: Pakistan winning the 1992 world cup final.

I started playing soft ball cricket as far back as I can remember and took up proper red ball cricket at age 15 in Montreal. Canada. There it served two purposes: allowed me to participate in a sport I loved and maintain a strong link with my country of birth. Playing cricket in Canada was always a struggle and I began my career with Adastrians Cricket Club at the under 18 level in 2001. Adastrians CC has been around for the past 80 years and is considered to be a cricketing institution in Canada, laying claim to a number of players who went on to represent their provincial and national teams. I had the pleasure of captaining three of the club teams at the under 18 level, Division B and A. . A brilliant 2010 season saw me top the batting charts in the A division and I was rewarded by inclusion into the Adastrians premier division team in 2011, a team that had only lost 2 league games over a period of 5 years. They had created a cricketing legacy and I was honored to be part of that. The crescendo of my Cricket in Canada was reached when I was selected into the Quebec Cricket Federations provincial team in 2011 as a middle order batsman.

Thereafter, I joined Stallions Cricket club as a founding member and mentored a younger group of guys with the help of other like-minded friends. In the first season of competitive cricket, the team surprised on a number of fronts and managed to carve out an identity of its own amongst other clubs that had been around for a significant amount of time, some even decades.

In 2013, I moved to Dubai lured by the prospect of high quality cricket amongst other things. I was blown away by the lush green cricket fields (in the desert !) and air conditioned pavilions alongside an army of ground staff. These things were unimaginable in the land of Ice-Hockey and the first few games felt like a dream- till the bill arrived !

When I joined Wombats, we had barely enough guys to field an 11 each weekend. Since then, in a space of 3 short years, the club has blossomed into a fraternity of more than 40 people sharing in each other’s moments of joy and standing by in moments of need. It is truly a beautiful eco-system which is rare to see and worth preserving.

Each season has seen my own performance go from strength to strength as an all-rounder with a number of milestones reached. I hope to be able to win more games for my team in the upcoming season and contribute as a role model in my leadership capacity.

I play my cricket with passion and fierce competition, consistent with my mantra of life.