Tiny was a passionate rugby player
When a scrum is formed in a game of rugby the eight forwards from each team bind together into a pack of players. The referee says ‘crouch, touch, engage!’ and the two opposing packs crash together.
The scrum-half puts the ball into the tunnel between the opposing packs, and the hooker gets it out using only his feet. This is what the passionate rugby player, Tiny Miskin, did for his Alma-Mater, Royal College, CR&FC for a short stint until he was recruited for CH&FC as its first choice hooker.
Rugby is the second most popular game in Sri Lanka, next only to cricket.
Tiny Miskin gave his hundred percent in helping CH&FC to lift the country’s coveted trophy, Clifford Cup, the local 'derby', in the 1976/77 tournament.
He also coached the Army’s inter-division sides and in recognition of his service he was given an honorary membership in the officer’s mess in the Panagoda camp by the top officials of the Sri Lankan forces although he was not a member of the uniformed forces.
He may be not a ‘Sean Fitzpatrick’ (of New Zealand), who was regarded as the best hooker of all time, in the world but he maintained an excellent standard locally, to be admired by all rugby fans of that time. He may be called 'Tiny' by all his close friends but he had a lion heart when he walks onto the field but gentle off the field.
Had he been still alive he would celebrate his 54th birth day on the 30th of December 2012.
Unfortunately, he suddenly fell ill on the evening of 21st December and passed away peacefully on the next day.
His burial took place at Jawatta Muslim cemetery on 23rd December, in the presence of a large crowd.
His stay in the hospital was very brief and the shock wave of his death spread fast to all corners of the world wherever his ardent fans were.
Tiny Miskin won many friends during the prime period of his career and even after his retirement from the game, which he passionately loved.
His contribution to the game of rugby in Sri Lanka, as a player and as a coach will never be forgotten by his fans and those who really benefited from it.
Tiny Miskin remained single until his death and he leaves his mother Hameeda Miskin, sister Shermin (UAE) and brother Rizwan (Australia). We learn that condolences are still keep pouring from all parts.
May God bless his soul!
- Asian Tribune -