Photo courtesy: 911memorial.org
Nezam Hafiz started his career by captaining the Guyana U-19 team in 1988 Photo courtesy: 911memorial.org

Aug 13, 2014

 

Deceased cricketer Nezam Hafiz has been inducted into 2014 American College Cricket Hall of Fame. The ceremony, which is in its second year, honoured the students who joined American College Cricket (ACC) as well as non-students who contributed greatly to the game in general.

 

Guyana-born Hafiz captained was the only cricketer to have been killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks in the USA. His name is one of the 2,983 names to be inscribed at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site.

 

 

Hafiz started his career by captaining the Guyana U-19 team in 1988 against a Trinidad and Tobago team captained by Brian Lara. A right-hand batsman and a medium-pacer, his cricketing ties with Guyana and the West Indies soon got severed as he emigrated to the United States in search of better opportunities in the sport.

 

In the USA, he started playing in the Commonwealth Cricket League, which happens to be the biggest cricket league in the US. Hafiz was then selected for the USA team that toured England where he excelled with the bat by scoring three half-centuries. He subsequently became the vice-captain for USA’s tour of Canada.

 

The induction was announced by legendary West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The former West Indies skipper, who is one of the highest run-getters in  Test cricket and one of the greatest cricketers the West Indies has ever produced. “I was delighted to announce the launch of the American College Cricket Hall of Fame, back in December 2012 in NYC. Now it gives me great pleasure to release the names of the players who are being inducted in 2014 into the Hall of Fame, following the First Class in 2013. These college cricketers have made their mark on the development of the game in the United States, and we honor their legacy,” Chanderpaul was quoted by the official website of American College Cricket.

 

The other non-college cricketers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame were Joshua Robinson, Jonathan Viglioti, George Vecsey, Mustafa Khan, Gerald Pickens.