Sports Heroes

Fazal Mahmood

One of the quickest bowler of his time. Fazal Mahmood was one of the first genuine Fast Bowlers from Pakistan. He made his Test Debut for Pakistan against India at Delhi in 1952/53. In a career spanning 34 Test Matches Fazal picked up 139 wickets at an average of 24.70 and a best of 7 for 42. His performance earned him the distinction of being named the “Wisden Cricketer” of the year 1955.

Born: 18 February 1927, Lahore
Major Teams: Pakistan, Lahore, Punjab, North India
Batting Style: Right Hand Batsmen
Bowling Style: Right Hand Fast Medium
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Hanif Mohammad

Known as the ‘Little Master’, Hanif Mohammad was the greatest of a  long line of Mohammad brothers who went on to represent Pakistan. Making his Test Debut against India at Delhi, Hanif went to become one of the finest bastman in Pakistan Cricket History. Known for his technique and concentration, Hanif stood out as for his temperament and went on to score the first triple century by a Pakistani in Test Cricket, when he made a mammoth 337. Named the Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1968, Hanif retired from International cricket in 1969. His son, Shoaib went on to play for Pakistan and showed the same  concentration and temperament that was found in his father. Today, Hanif holds a senior position at Pakistan International Airlines, and serves as a regualr commentator, during Home Series matches in Pakistan.

Born: 21 December 1934, Junagadh, Gujarat, India
Major Teams: Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines, Karachi City Cricket Association.
Batting Style: Right Hand Batsmen
Bowling Style: Right Arm Off Break

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Imran Khan Niazi

Without a doubt, Pakistan’s greatest Cricket Captain. Imran Khan. An excellent all-rounder who began his career as a teenager against England in 1971. Imran went on to become one of the top fast bowlers in Pakistan Cricket. But his real success story came as a Captain. Bringing together the Pakistan cricket team to put up dazzling performances time after time, and maintaining harmony within the team, was his biggest achievement. He was also responsible in nurturing a number of today’s Pakistan stars, such as Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam Ul Haq, and Moin Khan. A brilliant bowler who could generate pace and bounce off any track, Imran was also an orthodox batsman who generally played straight and was very effective in dealing with the rising delivery. Early on, in his career, his batting was of secondary importance to the team, as Pakistan lacked a quality fast bowler. However, with the arrival of Wasim Akram, Imran began to concentrate a bit more on his batting, and was a useful number 5 or 6 for Pakistan. His prime achievement was leading Pakistan to it’s first ever World Cup Win in Melbourne, Australia against England, in 1992. One of the main reasons why Pakistan won the World Cup was because of the never say die attitude that Imran and his Vice Captain, Javed Miandad had instilled in the youngsters, and the tremendous team spirit that could be found in the 1992 team. Today, Imran has entered the field of politics in Pakistan. His entry into Politics has been an utter failure, with his party losing each and every seat they contested on, during the last elections. But political failures aside, Imran has done a lot of charity work  in Lahore and set up the Shaukat-Khanum Memorial Hospital, which was named after his mother. The hospital treats cancer patients in Pakistan and was built largely due to the fan following that Imran has in Pakistan and across the world. He may not have succeeded in politics, but without a doubt, he was a sure success as a Pakistan Cricketer and a Pakistan Test Captain. A true Cricketing Legend. Imran Khan.

Date of Birth: 25 November 1952, Lahore
Major Teams: Pakistan, New South Wales, Sussex, Pakistan International Airlines, Oxford University, Worcestershire.
Batting Style: Right Hand Batsmen
Bowling Style: Right Arm Fast.

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 Javed Miandad

Javed Miandad was the greatest batsman to ever come from Pakistan. Without a doubt, he was the best. A true fighter, with no hang up’s, and a 100% team man. Javed is the most loved cricketer of all time in Pakistan. His fan following is tremendous. I remember the last time I saw him bat. It was at one of the league matches during the 1996 World Cup in Karachi. Pakistan was playing against England and was chasing a target of 250. Saeed Anwar had already got them of to a flier with a fluent 72, but once he was out, the crowd began to get restless. Everyone knew that with the start provided by Anwar, the target was well in reach. And we all wanted to see Javed bat, since this would be his last International match in Karachi. So the chant of ‘Javed’ ‘Javed’ broke out  and it did not stop till Javed came out to bat at the fall of Ijaz Ahmed’s wicket. We wanted to see Javed bat so much that everyone actually cheered when Ijaz got out, and the true Cricketing Icon, Javed Miandad came to the crease. The atmosphere at the National Stadium that day was amazing, and the fact that many got to witness Javed Miandad bat for the last time in Karachi, almost made up for the disappointment of losing at Banglore. Javed Miandad is a source of inspiration for many of today’s cricketers. Imran nurtured Wasim Akram once he came into the side, but it was Javed who first spotted Akram in the nets and forced the selectors to include him in the touring party to New Zealand. Similarly, today’s Pakistan Stars, such as Saeed Anwar and Basit Ali consider Miandad as their cricketing idol and have shaped their game much like Miandad.  Today, Javed holds a senior position with Habib Bank and is the Coach of the Pakistan team. It’s a real real blessing for Pakistan cricket, with Javed Miandad there to guide the players. The Cricket Board has played around with Javed throughout his career, continuously appointing and then removing him as the National team Captain.. It was the mistake of removing Javed Miandad as Captain in 1993, that led to the troubles that Pakistan cricket has faced since then. Nevertheless, Javed Miandad is still the greatest cricketer and sportman to come from Pakistan and is a source of pride for every Pakistani around the world..Without a doubt, the greatest of all time, the Pakistan Cricketing Legend Javed Miandad.

Born: 12 June 1957, Karachi
Major Teams: Pakistan, Glamorgan, Habib Bank Limited, Sussex, Sind, Karachi City Cricket Association.
Batting Style: Right Hand Batsman
Bowling Style: Leg Break Googly

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