Karachi: Rusi Dinshaw, the only Parsi to have ever been selected in a Pakistan Test squad, has passed away quietly and his death in tragic circumstances has brought into sharp focus the failure of the PCB to look after its former players.
Dinshaw, an 86 year-old man in need of proper care and support, was suffering from schizophrenia. He breathed his last here Monday.
Dinshaw a stylish left-handed batsman and left arm spinner who was a member of the Pakistan Test squad that first toured India in 1952-53 was reduced to begging at the Karachi Parsi Institute and at some traffic signals in the city before his death.
"It is very sad to hear about the plight of Rusi Dinshaw because while he may not have actually played a Test match but he had the honour of being in Pakistan`s first Test squad and is an important part of Pakistan cricket`s history," former Test captain Aamir Sohail said.
Relatives of Dinshaw said that in the 60s he had began to show signs of depression and was diagnosed with schizophrenia and the electric shock treatment prevalent in those days broke his spirit.
"He used to come to the Karachi Parsi Institute ground every day and ask people for money and just shuffle around asking visitors for five and ten rupees. I have seen his prime and it is a tragedy that no one from Pakistan cricket including, the Board, ever bothered to provide him any medical care or financial support," the head curator at the KPI for last many decades, Hussain said.