A C M Abdulla
Kochi: The person credited with giving Keralites their maiden style of worldwide cricketing motion, A C M Abdulla, handed away at his residence in Thiruvananthapuram within the wee hours of Wednesday resulting from post-Covid problems. He was 88.
Abdulla was the secretary of the Kerala Cricket Affiliation (KCA) when the College Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram hosted the Duleep Trophy match between North Zone and South Zone, in 1981, that featured stars like G R Vishwanath, Kapil Dev, S Venkataraghavan, Ok Srikkanth, Roger Binny and Madan Lal.
The profitable conduct of the match prompted Abdulla to dream huge. He wished to help ‘baggage man’ (an individual serving to visiting groups to India within the 80s) Govinda who was going through monetary constraints. So he invited Marylebone Cricket Membership (MCC), which was captained by Keith Fletcher, and had the likes of Ian Botham and Graham Gooch, touring neighbouring Sri Lanka, to play a fundraising sport towards a Chief Minister’s XI in Thiruvananthapuram in 1982.
The charity match turned out to be an enormous hit and a sum of Rs 50,000 was raised for serving to Govinda. This prompted Abdulla to take up the problem of internet hosting Kerala’s first-ever ODI between India and Australia in October 1984. Although the match couldn’t be accomplished resulting from rain, it put Kerala on the worldwide cricket map.
“The BCCI and its associates weren’t cash-rich throughout these days. However Abdulla was a decided administrator with an important imaginative and prescient. Moreover bringing worldwide gamers to Kerala, his greatest contribution was to sow the seeds for laying a turf wicket on the College Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram. I discovered rather a lot from him. His demise is a giant loss to the sports activities fraternity,” mentioned ex-BCCI secretary S Ok Nair, who labored with Abdulla as a joint secretary in KCA within the early 80s.
Abdulla’s tryst with sports activities was not restricted to cricket alone. Born in a household, Acharath, with a wealthy cricketing historical past in Thalassery, it was pure that younger Abdulla bought tuned into sports activities. After graduating from the Nationwide Institute of Sports activities, Patiala, Abdulla began his profession as a bodily training instructor at St Joseph’s faculty, Thalassery.
His maiden foray into sports activities administration got here in 1962 when he was elected secretary of the State Faculty Athletics Affiliation. When Thiruvananthapuram hosted the Nationwide Faculty Video games in 1970, Abdulla was the organizing secretary — a job he donned two extra instances when the town performed the occasion in 1977 and 1985. His work in making the Video games a grand success received him many admirers and the state authorities determined to reward him with the submit of Faculty Sports activities Organiser in 1971 and he determined to cool down within the state capital earlier than retiring from service in 1988.
Abdulla’s burial was held at Palayam Juma Masjid on Wednesday afternoon. He leaves behind his spouse S Nafeesa Beewi, sons Sahir N Abdulla and Shiraj N Abdulla and daughter Sherine Nazeer.