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Dr Siddiq Patni, a versatile sports personality

By our correspondent

Dr Siddiq Patni is a well-known name in Pakistan’s domestic cricket. Although he was unlucky not to play for Pakistan senior team despite his superb talent but still he has made many his fans at the domestic level with his excellent exploits with the willow. From his youthful days he was a dangerous player, having the calibre of both a defensive and aggressive player and knew the art to play according to the situation.

The record-breaking knocks of 316, 270, 260 and 187 in the Inter-School Cricket way back in 1970’s while playing for Madrassa Islamia No2 Higher Secondary School Kharadar, Karachi, opened doors for Dr Siddiq Patni to play at the highest level. Because of such a glorious feats he was picked by the United Bank Limited (UBL) in 1978 from which he played first-class cricket. He remained associated with this department for nine long years. He also served as skipper of Karachi Under-19 team and Sindh Under-19 outfit. In the Under-18 Inter-Provincial event Patni did well for Sindh and his 80 not out also enabled his side emerge as champions of the said event.

In 1981, he was made skipper of Faisalabad Under-19 team. In 1982 he toured Australia with the Pakistan Under-19 team for three Tests, three one-day and three side matches series where he scored at an average of 81.20, the best from any player of the touring Pakistan side. Pakistan Automobile Corporation (PACO) was Patni’s next team after leaving UBL. Wasim Akram and Ijaz Ahmed also used to play for PACO at that time. And because of the solid contributions from the three PACO were able to win the Federation’s Cup.

After that he was signed by Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) being led by former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja. During the last six years of his fine career Patni remained associated with the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). It means the long career which had started in 1978, ended, eventually, in 1997.

At the end of his cricketing career it was expected that Patni would serve cricket mostly but it was not the case as he was a versatile character. He played his role in the development of other sports as well.

In 1997, he was made Pakistan Boxing Federation’s (PBF) chairman by former AIBA and PBF chief late Professor Anwar Chowdhry.

During his connection with boxing Patni remained sponsor, manager, doctor and played a key role in other capacities as well to ensure Pakistan boxing’s smooth development. He also toured with Pakistan boxing team as manager and sponsor for Kings Cup in Thailand, Malaysia, Korea and for Junior and Cadet World Championship in Romania. In 2003, he resigned when the PBF chief Professor Anwar Chowdhry brought in his son-in-law as PBF president.

Patni also remained vice-president of Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF). Besides other tours he also sponsored Pakistan team which visited Sri Lanka. It was a record when Patni acted as a manager, doctor and sponsor of Pakistan netball team which also carried his son Mohsin Patni as a goalkeeper.

Patni also remained the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Youth Development Marketing Chairman when late Abbas Baloch, a former Pakistan captain, was vice-president of the PFF. Patni organised events at the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-20 level which attracted massive appreciation.

He also remained Pakistan Kick-boxing Federation’s patron-in-chief and toured with the national team to Iran, Turkey, Azerbajan and Baku. Patni is also the president of Pakistan Daifu Federation and vice-president of the World Daifu Federation. He conducted 60 events. He is also the vice-president of the Students Olympics Committee and president of the Sindh Boxing Association (SBA). He also runs Siddiq Patni Boxing Academy, a full-fledged network working in Karachi and Interior Sindh. During his cricketing days he also used to run a club in the name of Pak Ahmedabad Club which had toured India five times. He also had kept a cricket academy which also toured Thailand several times.

Patni was given a life-achievement award recently by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail for his meritorious services in the field of sports. Patni also has a role in Singapore’s grassroots level cricket development as a consultant and wants to also play his part in the Singapore’s boxing if the authorities want to benefit of his experience.

He is basically an Electro Homeopathic doctor, a Thirotarter. His forefathers come from Virowal, India, and Mumbai.

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