Pakistan’s cricket great Hanif Mohammad passes away at 81

Pakistan’s cricket great Hanif Mohammad passes away at 81

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Legendary Pakistan cricketer Hanif Mohammad

Legendary Pakistan cricketer Hanif Mohammad

Dhaka – Pakistani legend Hanif Mohammad, one of the famous four Mohammad brothers who played Test cricket for Pakistan, has died at the age of 81 at Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi on Thursday.
Hanif, also known as the original Little Master, had been undergoing treatment for respiratory complications from his lung cancer and was shifted to the ICU on August 8.He was diagnosed with the cancer in 2013, for which he received treatment in London.
Hanif Mohammad (1934-2016) played 55 Tests, including Pakistan’s first. With his passing, Imtiaz Ahmed, 88, and Waqar Hasan, 83, are the only two survivors from that team.
Till West Indian maestro Brian Lara broke new ground with the first, and till date only 500 in first class cricket playing for English county side Warwickshire against Durham in 1994, Hanif had been the proud owner of the highest individual first class innings – the 499 he scored for Karachi in the 1959 Quaid e Azam trophy. He was run out going for his 500th run.
Hanif was renowned for his immaculate defensive technique. He scored 3915 runs at an average of 43.98. His best was an epic 337 as Pakistan saved the Barbados Test in 1958 while following on against the West Indies. It was the highest Test score and the longest first-class innings then. At 970 minutes, it is still the longest Test innings.
Hanif was born in Junagadh in the Indian state of Gujarat. He and his four brothers moved to Pakistan after partition; four of the five brothers played Tests while Raees, the fifth, was a 12th man once. At least one of the Mohammad brothers played in Pakistan’s first 101 Tests. Hanif’s son Shoaib played 45 Tests and grandson Shehzar 30 first-class matches.
In 2010, a Cricinfo jury chose Hanif as the opener alongside Saeed Anwar in the all-time Pakistan Test XI.
After retiring as an international cricketer, Hanif co-founded the magazine The Cricketer Pakistan in 1972, which he edited for two decades. He also served as the manager of the formidable Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) team, which one the domestic one-day tournament, Wills Cup, three years in a row in the 1980s.
ICC’s chief executive David Richardson paid tribute to Hanif, pointing to the impact that his triple-century against West Indies had.
“It’s sad to hear of Hanif’s death and I’d like to extend my condolences and those of everyone here at the ICC to Hanif’s family, which counts so many cricketers in its number,” Richardson said in a press statement, according to Espn.
“Hanif took batting to great heights and many batsmen drew inspiration from him.”
“His contribution to the game has been enormous and one can only imagine the kind of impact his batting had on others over the years. Hanif’s triple-century against the West Indies was a legendary innings and unsurprisingly he was one of the original inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.”

Cricket legend Hanif Mohammad at his old age

Cricket legend Hanif Mohammad at his old age

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