No divided loyalties for Mahmood
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 28th July 2006
Sajid Mahmood has insisted England need have no worries about his
commitment should he be chosen for the second Test at his Old Trafford
home ground, despite the fact his parents are from Pakistan.
The Lancashire fast bowler, born and raised in the northwest town of
Bolton that is just 15 miles from his county's Manchester base, would
fulfill a cherished ambition if he was to play for England at Old
"It would be a dream come true for me to play for England at Old
Trafford having played all my professional career here," Mahmood said.
"To wear an England shirt and play a Test here would be fantastic. I
know the place pretty well so it would be good to play for England
Mahmood, whose parents migrated to England during the 1970s, grew up
supporting the country of his family's origin.
Although the balance is shifting, this remains common practice among
significant numbers of British-born Asians although the then England
captain Nasser Hussain, himself born in India, called on Britain's
Asian communities to support England when Pakistan last visited the UK
five years ago.