The picture of Kashmiri boys playing cricket under Chinars will adorn Lords for a year
SRINAGAR: A picture of boys playing cricket in Kashmir autumn, which broke the internet after it was picked and published by international newspapers, has secured first place at Marylebone Cricket Club Wisden (MCC) Photo of the year.
Saqib Majeed, an engineer by profession, took the magical frame of boys playing cricket under Chinar trees in famous Nishat Garden which went viral on internet.
Saqib is the first from Kashmir and second in Asia to win this prestigious award.
Saqib works as a freelance photojournalist and also runs his own engineering consultancy in Srinagar.
“I took this picture in Autum 2016 which went viral on internet and I am proud and surprised to win the award,” Saqib said.
Saqib had a dream to become a cricketer but didn’t pursue further as “there was no scope”, but he always wanted to contribute for the cricket in Kashmir.
“It’s a proud moment for me, my parents, and all my well-wishers. I always had a dream to become a cricketer but I couldn’t play because there is no scope for a sports person in Kashmir though I always wanted to do something for Cricket-for Kashmir and today I feel proud that I succeeded in what I wanted,” says Saqib.
This photo by Saqib has already travelled the world. Even after five months the picture is again making circles on internet, he has been getting enormous responses and wishes from people all over.
“I was sure I will be in top 12 and I am really happy and thankful to the people who are and were in my life. I have been receiving calls, emails, messages from people of Kashmir saying that I have made them proud and that made me more proud than winning an award,” Saqib said.
Apart from the prize money the photo is published in Wisden Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which is considered as Bible of cricket. The picture of Kashmiri boys will also be displayed in Lords Cricket stadium for whole year.