Dr Shah passes away, funeral at 2pm today

KARACHI: Funeral prayers of special advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Sports Dr Muhammad Ali Shah would be offered at 12 PM in Adel Mosque located in Houston, USA.

Sports Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister and country’s top Sports Organizer Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah died in Houston (USA) on Monday during cancer treatment, according to Dr. Kashif Ansari.

Dr.Shah, a renowned surgeon and sports organizer was President Sindh Olympic Association and popular figure in sports circles of Pakistan.

He suffered a heart attack while undergoing chemothraphy in Houston, Dr. Kashif told local channel.

He was 66. Dr.Shah left behind two sons, former first class cricketer Dr.Junaid Ali Shah and Dr. Imran Ali Shah besides a widow Asma Shah.

Dr.Muhammad Ali Shah also remained the Member of Governing Body of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and head of Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) and was Chef de Mission of Pakistan contingent during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Dr.Shah won President’s Pride of Performance, Tamagh-e-Basalat and Sitar-e-Imtiaz for his grand contribution in surgary and sports.

He was suffering from bone marrow blood cancer for the past couple of years and was undergoing extensive treatment in England and USA.

Dr.Shah was legendary figures in sporting circle and was an active player  appearing in Pakistan Veterans Cricket Tournament.

He was also known for his passion for cricket and ran Asghar Ali Shah Cricket Stadium in Karachi and launched Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah Night Twenty20 Cricket Tournament every year in the month of Ramazan.

In October 2012, Shah was credited as having played an instrumental role in reviving international cricket in the country after a period of three and a half years when, in his capacity as Sindh sports minister, he arranged an international world XI team consisting of former and current players from Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, United States and Afghanistan to play two T20 matches against a “Pakistan All Stars” consisting mainly of players from the national team. The games took place in front of packed crowds at National Stadium.

While the matches were unofficial, they were seen as a milestone as this was the first instance when foreign players toured Pakistan to play cricket since the attack on the Sri Lankan team.

(With addition from APP)