70-year-old Abdul Jalil who goes by the name of Chaha Cricket and attended his first cricket match in 1969 in Lahore is receiving international acclaim with the prestigious Global Sports Fan Award on June 14 in Manchester, two days before Pakistan locks horns with India in one of the biggest clashes of the tournament.
After five decades of cricket frenzy madness, I am overwhelmed to get my first global recognition. This is an emotional moment for me and I would like to thank my family and all well wishers who stood by me,” said ‘Chacha Cricket’ while speaking on the occasion.
Pakistan’s Abdul Jalil will be presented the award alongside Bangladesh’s super fan ‘Tiger’ aka Shoyab Ali and Sri Lanka’s Gayan Senanayaka, meanwhile, two Indian super fans i.e. Sudhir Kumar Gautam and Sugumar Kumar will also be receiving the award.
He has also witnessed innings from iconic legends from the past as well as those shining today from Javed Miandad to Virat Kohli having attended over 300 international matches.