- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: DDKM (Dadu, Devi, Kaartu, Moochi) Publishing (1 Nov 2011)
- ISBN-10: 0957026609
- ISBN-13: 978-0957026605
- Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.6 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,515,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Icki Iqbal's day job was as an actuary and he has published several papers on financial and marketing themes. He has published two books. 'The Tebbit Test' is to a cricket lover what Fever Pitch was to football addicts. It was favourably reviewed by Lord Tebbit, David Frith and Khadim Baloch and by The Hindu, the leading English language daily in India.In April 2013 Wisden 2013 described it as 'utterly charming'. The review is reproduced verbatim below.
Now he has published The Incomplete Man. It was reviewed by Kirkus as follow:
Part coming-of-age tale, part dark-side-of-business expose, this novel chronicles an immigrant experience....Majid's ethical man-vs-corporate corruption battle makes for a compelling storyline.... A well-portrayed streak of emotional growth runs through this man's journey from bookish undergraduate to business leader.
Full review can be found at www.kirkus.com/book-review/icki-iqbal/the-incomplete-man.
Wisden's review of 'The Tebbit Test' said: Then again, Icki Iqbal's utterly charming The Tebbit Test: The Memoirs of a Cricketing Fanatic exposes the jingoism at the heart of this proposition. In 1990, Norman Tebbit - a former Tory cabinet minister- argued that ethnic minorities in Britain revealed their true nationality by the cricket team they supported. It's unlikely that you will have heard of Icki Iqbal so let me fill you in. He was born in 1945 in Pakistan to a well-off middle-class family, and has been obsessed with cricket ever since 1954, when the Pakistanis began to make their presence felt in international cricket. He moved to England in the mid-sixties, worked as hard as an actuary, and is now as British as anyone. He even supports England.
Â Â But his journey hasn't been quite as straightforward as Tebbit might have liked. Almost every sentence of the book speaks of a man with a Pakistani soul. His enthusiasm for English cricket is partly based upon familiarity, but largely on disillusionment caused by corruption in the subcontinental game. Iqbal has become fed up with defending the indefensible. Had he not lost his faith in Pakistani cricket, there's little reason to believe he'd have transferred his allegiance.
Â Â And why should he? Multiculturalism is one of Britain's great success stories. Partisanship is hardwired into every true cricket fan and shouldn't be readily transferrable. I have my own sliding scale of prejudice in international cricket. When England are playing I always support them. If not my pecking order runs Pakistan, West Indies, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa. I've no idea how many Tebbit Tests I fail along the way, but I'm really not bothered. In my world, the main test is just being passionate about cricket. If you are then you're welcome.