In 2014, Ahsen Rizvi played first-class cricket in Pakistani capital Islamabad. Since then he has been sidelined by Muslim guest players.
However, the 30-year-old Catholic made history by lifting the first Christian-centered Harmony Cricket League cup this week in neighboring Rawalpindi city.
Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad-Rawalpindi gave medals and trophies to the players. “It’s a great initiative to bring Christian youth together from different sections of life. It’s an opportunity to mainstream our players in the national team. This idea will promote interfaith harmony in society,” he said.
Cardinal Joseph Coutts joined Punjab Sports Minister Rai Taimoor Bhatti and the bishops in inaugurating the tournament. “Harmony is actually the need of time. Thanks to our government for taking practical steps beyond conferences,” the cardinal said.