Last night at LUMS
Last night (which was a fairly chilled, calm and serene October night… with just the right temperature and a unique soothing fragrance in the air) I happened to visit LUMS… Now I wasn’t planning to visit LUMS per say… let’s say… till Iftaar time; but a generous invitation from Bilal Rashid (from jbnjaws), comprising the statement “LUMS main bohat scene on hai iss waqat” and a direct query from the captain (of LMB) whether anyone would be there to discover and then cover whatever scene sheen is on at LUMS, found me at my alma mater… last night at 11:00 pm.
It was one of those nights when a bunch of celebrities… I think around 22 of them… had ended up at LUMS. There was Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar, even Abrar ul Haq… none of them was playing music however; instead they were playing cricket… Yes sir, pure, unadulterated, tape ball, 20Twenty cricket. When I reached there the flood lights were on, commentators were rambling about similarities between Abrar ul Haq and Misbah ul Haq, and an intense match was on in the middle, between Rock Stars eleven and Pop Stars eleven. Atif Aslam was bowling his heart out, a pretty impressive crowd of students as well as outsiders (even some families) was shouting its lungs out, Ali Zafar took an impressive catch, and someone standing near me almost fainted.
The event was called “Celebrities Vs. Celebrities TapeBall Cricket Match”; sponsored by Wateen and FM 91, arranged by jbnjaws, and in collaboration with SLUMS… For the uninitiated; SLUMS stands for “Sports Society at LUMS”… in the same lines as DRUMS stands for Debates and Recitation Society at LUMS and PLUMS stands for Publications of students at LUMS… anyway back to the tournament, there were a host of pop music bands out there performing on the field with gloves on, looking for the ultimate glory, the Wateen Trophy. Up against the pop stars and the rock stars was a team of LUMS as well. The music at the background was on. Live drummers were on the roll. But nobody was taking the game lightly, especially not in the final few overs of Pop vs. Rock match. The pop team ended up needing 12 runs of the last over. Immediate references were made of Pakistan vs. India 20Twenty world cup final. And there was actually a pin drop silence when the last ball was bowled, and the batting side, needing 3 runs to win, managed 2, to tie the match…. What a close finish. And reminiscent of any street match in Pakistan, massive confusion ensued as to who won… would it be decided on run rate? Or would there be a “bowl out”… the commentator showed no interest in hiding his emotions at the mention of “bowl out” and the crowd burst in laughter. The officials ultimately decided to do a “rematch” of 5 overs each… the match was on, again.
It turned out to be a fun evening. The pop stars had most of the fun as many agreed with the fact that such type of an activity far outweighed the parties they had been used to all along. It didn’t matter who won at the end, as everyone enjoyed the event to the fullest; the crowd as well as the players. At the end of the day (end of the night in this case) I had to agree with the organizers that “scene” was definitely on at LUMS… my other takeaway was that some of our celebrities (specially Atif Aslam) actually play very good cricket. Maybe our national selectors need to be there in next such tournament. After all, I heard it was something similar to this where Wasim Akram was picked up by the eagle eyes of Imran Khan, as the future star of Pakistan!!!