Dubai: Asif Iqbal, who resigned on Thursday as the chief co-ordinator of the Sharjah-based CBFS after strongly criticising India for pulling out of the upcoming championship at the desert venue, has been conferred with an honorary life membership by the prestigious Cricket club of India (CCI). The CCI, one of the oldest and most reputed clubs in India, is located at the Brabourne Cricket Stadium in Mumbai. The club has honoured several great cricketers of the world with life memberships over the years. 'Gulf News' quoted a letter written by CCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur to Asif, a former Pakistani skipper, as saying, "The executive committee of the club has decided to confer an honorary life membership of the club on you in recognition of your contribution to the game of cricket, and for the work done for the past cricketers for making Sharjah a Cricket centre where the maximum number of matches have been held. I and my committee will be honoured to have you as a member of our club." Talking to the newspaper from London, Asif said, "It is a great honour. I am happy that the work I have done for the benefit of past cricketers has been acknowledged and appreciated by the CCI." Asked if he would be coming to watch the tri-nation cricket tournament at Sharjah beginning on Sunday, Asif said, "The CBFS invites personal guests for the tournament but I don't think I fall into that category."
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