Former cricket great Farokh Engineer attended ACA event

Former Indian cricket great Farokh Engineer attended a programme ‘An Evening with the Legend’, arranged by ACA Cricket Academy. The event took place at the 91 Yards Club (ACA Stadium premises) in Guwahati on Saturday.

The highlight of the evening was a conversation session with the cricketing legend, moderated by veteran journalist and author Wasbir Hussain. This segment offered insights into the Engineer’s illustrious career and his experiences in the world of cricket.

During the conversation, Engineer applauded the initiatives of the ACA Cricket Academy. He hoped that Guwahati would get a Test venue status soon.

Engineer shared several anecdotes from his playing days. He mentioned how he was invited by Sir Donald Bradman after a day’s play at a Test match in Australia.

Adding to the significance of the event, Assam’s most senior living cricketer, 97-year-old Naba Kamal Bhuyan who presented Assam in the Ranji Trophy in 1948, was also in attendance, further enriching the occasion with his presence.

In addition to the engaging conversation, attendees also enjoyed a musical session featuring the acclaimed violinist Sunita Khaund Bhuyan, adding a cultural dimension to the celebration of cricketing excellence.

The 86-year-old wicketkeeper batter made his debut for India in 1961 and went on to play 46 Test matches for the country. His first match was against England in Kanpur and his last appearance for India was in 1975 against West Indies at Wankhade Stadium in Mumbai.

He also represented English County side Lancashire in the 1960s and 70s. Engineer, who resides in London these days, is one of the oldest living cricketers of India.

“It was a great moment for us to have Mr Farokh Engineer amongst ourselves. Listening to him was an enriching experience for many of us,” said BCCI Joint Secretary Devajit Saikia who is also the Member Secretary of ACA Cricket Academy.

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