Islamabad: Humera Azam from the Hussaini village of Gojal Valley, District Hunza, has made the region proud by getting selected for the national Under-16 cricket team. Daughter of Muhammad Azam, a renowned player of the Shah Talib Sports Club, Humera is fourteen years old. She has studied at Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee School (Hussaini), and Al Amyn Model School (Gulmit), till grade 10th.
She developed interest in cricket at a very early age, getting her first lessons from her father. She used to play in her picturesque village with her cousins and friends. With unflinching support from her parents, Humera got selected in the Shah Talib Sports Club’s women team in 2015, and won the best player award this year during a tournament.
She has now been selected by the Pakistan Cricket Board to represent the nation in the women’s Under-16 Cricket Team. She will be part of the team touring England in December this year.
Shah Talib Sports Club (SSC), created by the local youth, is a government registered club which promotes healthy extra-curricular activities for energetic youth of Hussaini Gojal and other villages of the region.
Many other players from the club have won honors; Wasim Akram, a member of the club, won Gold Medal in All Sindh Taekwondo Championship, Ali Rehman and Saeed Anwar represented Punjab University in swimming.
It is pertinent to note that Diana Baig from Hunza is part of the national women’s cricket team.
The youth of Gilgit-Baltistan, girls and boys, have great potentials to excel in all fields of life. Given the opportunity, they have proven their mettle in all walks of life, from education to sports.