Aown Ali, a photojournalist based in Lahore, gave into his curiosity and walked into the picturesque Lahore Gymkhana pavilion only to discover a carefully maintained and well-archived museum. Writing for the Dawn, Aown talks about the impact the visit had on him and how cricket historian Najam Latif defied the loss of artifacts and historical records to build an impressive archive.
Luckily, Mr. Latif was determined to preserve this era and the rest of cricket history from the dustbin of time. He strived to take away some of the gloom from the cricket pavilion by transforming it into Pakistan's first ever cricket museum.
The process was not easy and required a colossal amount of effort on part of Mr. Latif, who became a the hands-on curator and archivist at the museum.
Mr. Latif recalled how he knocked on the doors of veteran cricketers and avid cricket fans, whom he knew collected and possessed objects like photographs, newspaper clippings, magazines, uniforms and anything else relating to cricket.