It was the winter of 1968-69 and I was posted as one of three additional deputy commissioners in Dacca (now Dhaka) in East Pakistan. The deputy commissioner was Khurshid Anwar, a very seasoned district officer of the CSP, whose duty it was to remain in close touch with political developments in those volatile times. This was the time when the Agartala case against Mujib ur Rehman and others was reaching its culmination. Political tensions were running high with the radical student groups of Dacca University, under Tofail Ahmed, virtually incharge of law and order functions in the provincial capital. It was because of the political strength of these student groups that the cricket Test match against the visiting MCC team under Colin Cowdrey was first abandoned and later reinstated. When the MCC team management, along with the British Deputy High Commissioner, went to call on Tofail Ahmed at the University, a day before match, he reportedly asked them what they wanted. Cowdrey said he wanted Tofail's assurance that the Test match could go ahead without any fear of disruption. Toftail reportedly said, "You have my assurance." The meeting lasted less than five minutes. The match in fact went ahead peacefully on a hastily repaired wicket which had earlier been dug up by the students when the match was called off from Islamabad.