Outstanding Achievement in Sport


Mushtaq Ahmed

A former Cricketer described as being one of the best three wrist-spinners in world. World renowned for his bowling skill, this skilled practitioner competed at a world-class level throughout a professional career spanning 13 years from 1990 to 2003. He made his first-class cricket debut in January 1987, at the age of 16 and made his full international debut two short years later in March 1989, playing a One Day International against Sri Lanka. This individual continued to perform at elevated level throughout 1992, leading to the Pakistan Cricket teams Cricket World Cup win.

Through his most fruitful years of Professional Cricket, he played his first spell of county cricket, appearing for Somerset from 1993 and 1998. For this time period Eddie Lawrence describes him as "one of Somerset's best-ever "overseas" signings." He played 62 first-class matches for the county, with an exceptional scorecard of 289 wickets. In 1997, he was named amongst the Wisden Cricketers of the Year, in which he was described as being a member of "a glittering triumvirate of wrist-spinners who adorn the modern game."

In 2014, he was appointed Pakistan cricket team's bowling consultant and in April 2016, he was selected to act as head coach of Pakistan's National Cricket Academy. In November 2018 he was appointed as the assistant coach and spin consultant of West Indies national cricket team.

Now we recognise a prolific sporting career followed by a foundation building effort in coaching the new crop of tomorrows athletes and award this sports superstar with the Award for Oustanding Achievement in Sport.


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