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Team captains Majid Khan of Pakistan and Clive Lloyd of West Indies walk back to the pavilion after the coin toss before the Prudential World Cup match between Pakistan and West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham, 11th June 1975.
Courtesy : Ken Kelly..............


Amir Elahi was one of those three cricketers who played both for India and after independence for Pakistan. He played for India, against Australia at Sydney in 1947, and then five times for Pakistan.


Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Saeed Anwar..
Death anniversary of renowned cricket commentator Omar Qureshi...


Omar Qureshi was a distinguished Pakistani writer. He had also worked in the advertising, aviation and journalism industry, writing for many newspapers, including Dawn, The Pakistan Times, Morning News and The Guardian, London.

He is best known for his cricket writings and commentary but he was also a keen observer of political and social developments and wrote about them, in his own words, not with fury, but certainly with “exasperation and anger”. Qureshi had his first encounter with the media and showbiz in the United States where he briefly worked with a radio station and also played a small part in a Hollywood movie.

Qureshi came to Karachi in the mid-’50s and joined the defunct Pakistan Standard. Later, he became resident editor of the Times of Karachi. He filed dispatches for many newspapers in Pakistan and abroad during his cricket commentating career, but he wrote most regularly for Dawn for a period spanning over 25 years. He did columns based on cricket, as well as those based on his memories of his time abroad in the US and traveling around the cricket world, in addition to his time in Mumbai and Delhi. His books include Black Moods, Out to Lunch, The System, The Other Side of Daylight.Though Qureshi had never played first class or test cricket, he was still recognized as an outstanding and extremely knowledgeable cricket commentator.

He shared the Test Match Special commentary box during Pakistan's early tours to England and together with Jamsheed Marker.He was a regular voice on the airwaves in Pakistan during the late 1950s and ’60s. The media centre at the Qadhafi Stadium in Lahore is named after him.
He was also member of the International Cricket Council panel which selects the world’s best Test and one-day international players for its annual awards.

He died on Monday, March 14th, 2005, at the age of 77 due to a heart disease. He was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2001

Happy Birthday Hero (Mohsin Hassan Khan)..


One of the stylish batsman of Pakistan, Mohsin Khan was not alone in being a Pakistani who was handsome both in appearance and in batting. But he could claim that as an opening batsman he came closer than any of his countrymen has done to mastering the extra bounce of Australian pitches: in successive Tests in 1983-84 he scored 149 at Adelaide and 153 at Melbourne. Before then he had also become the first Pakistani to make a double-hundred in a Test at Lord's, so it was quite a loss when he married an Indian actress, moved to Bombay and dabbled in film acting himself. He had it in him to be a star of the crease if not the screen......

In India March 17, 1987...
Pakistan beat India by 16 runs at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore to win the five-match Test series 1-0. This was Pakistan’s first Test series win in India.


My list:
1] Waqar Yunus
2] Wasim Akram
3] Saqlain Mustaque
4] S Anwar
5] Shahid Afridi
6] Shoaib Akhtar
7] Abdur Razzaq
8] Moeen Khan
9] Inzi
10] Babar Azam
11] The little Nasim Shah
On this day March 25, 1992.....


Mudassar Nazar (Known as Golden Arm)


When I came out to bat in my first Test, in Australia, I asked Majid Khan what to do. He said, "Get ready to cut, hook and pull." I thought to myself, "I don't play those three shots at all."

I learned a lot just sitting in the ground and listening to cricketers like Fazal Mahmood. Since age five I wanted to play cricket, and since the time I was 10 there was no doubt in my mind that I would be a Test player.

The ball that I got out to on 199 wasn't much of a ball. Shivlal Yadav was bowling on the off stump and I had been making room to hit him square on the off side. He bowled the same ball when I was on 199 and I thought, "Ah, 200!" and went hard at it instead of timing it and got caught. As I walked off, I saw Sunil Gavaskar shaking his head. He couldn't believe what I had done.

I took a lot of pride in opening for Pakistan and following in my father's footsteps, but really, I wouldn't have got into the Pakistan side if I wasn't an opener. Wasim Raja, who was a brilliant player, struggled to get in because the middle order was so strong.

I was unprepared for my first Test. Sadiq Mohammad had injured his hand in Perth and we learned the night before the Adelaide Test that he couldn't play. Imran Khan, even in those days, had a lot to say. He piped up: "Mudassar is an opener, he can play". The captain, Mushtaq Mohammad, looked at me for the first time on the tour and said, "Oh yeah? Go put your pads on". He told Saleem Altaf to bowl to me in the nets. By this time it was getting dark. Altaf bowled three balls, all of which sailed over my head. But I was happy thinking about becoming a Test player. I didn't worry that I would be facing Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.

Later in my career when I played down the order in Tests, it was a piece of cake. I couldn't believe how easy Test cricket was when batting at No. 6. The bowlers were tired, the ball was soft. When I played Thomson at No. 6, he was like a medium-pacer to me. That's why I don't believe specialist batsmen who play down the order are great players, unless it's someone like Garry Sobers, who also bowled a lot.

When Imran became captain nobody knew what to expect. He was temperamental when he bowled, hated people misfielding off his bowling, and hated losing. But he quickly set himself apart.

On the 1982 tour of England, he dropped Majid Khan in favour of Mansoor Akhtar, who had been scoring a lot of runs in the county games. Majid was the prince of Pakistan cricket, so dropping him could not have been easy. That's how the Imran Khan era started, by being fair to all members of the team.

That one act had a huge impact, not just on the team but the administrators as well. Suddenly Pakistan cricket became more important than individual players.

I enjoyed batting with Javed Miandad the most. We were both quick between the wickets and I had played with him since our Under-19 days. We had a few partnerships of over a hundred runs. Javed was a fantastic team man. If I had to pick a batsman to bat for my life from any of the players I played with or against, it would be him.

When Javed and I put on 451 runs against India, we didn't know we had equalled the world record for any wicket. When I went into the dressing room after being dismissed, team-mates kept coming up to me to say "bad luck". I couldn't understand why someone would say that to a batsman who just scored 231. Then Intikhab Alam told me we had levelled the world record when I got out.

Pakistan & Indian cricketers with President General Zia-ul Haq and cricket board officials from both nations at the Jaipur Test in 1987.
Death anniversary of Pakistan’s first Test captain Abdul Hafeez Kardar.


Kardar led Pakistan in its first 23 Test matches, which also includes the famous victory against England at The Oval in 1954. He captained his team to victory over all the then Test-playing nations except South Africa, whom they never played against.

He also holds the unique distinction of being one of the only three players to have played for, both, India and Pakistan. Kardar featured in 26 Test matches over the course of his career, scoring 927 runs and claiming 21 wickets.

After retirement from international cricket in 1958, he held the posts of chairman of selectors, and president of Pakistan’s Board of Control during the period of 1972 to 1977. He received the Pride of Performance Award from the Government of Pakistan in 1958.

He passed away on April 21, 1996 aged 71

1983 Australia Test ; Imran Khan, Sarfraz Nawaz, Javed Miandad, Qamar Ahmed & friends.
Courtesy : Qamar Ahmed

The Pakistan cricket team during the Prudential World Cup match between Australia and Pakistan at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, 14th June 1979.
Players pictured are (back, from 2nd left): Iqbal Qasim, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Sikander Bakht, Haroon Rasheed, Mohsin Khan, Mudassar Nazar, Wasim Raja and Sadiq Mohammad; (front, from left): Wasim Bari, Majid Khan, Asif Iqbal (captain), Zaheer Abbas and Sarfraz Nawaz.

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