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Waqar Hasan, last-surviving member of Pakistan's maiden Test, passes away

Waqar Hasan, former Pakistan batsman, passed away at the age of 87 on Monday (February 10). The middle-order batsman was the last-surviving cricketer from Pakistan's Test side that took on India in their maiden Test in New Delhi in 1952.

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Hasan was renowned for his ability to play gutsy knocks under pressure. During Pakistan's maiden Test series, he showed his class and quality with a gritty hand of 81 in Mumbai. In Kolkata, with Pakistan six down and leading by only 12 runs, he batted for more than five hours, and in the company of Fazal Mahamood took Pakistan to safety.

 

       

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One of his finest knocks came against New Zealand in Lahore in 1955-56. He and Imtiaz Ahmed strung together a record stand of 308 against the likes of Tony MacGibbon and John Reid to help Pakistan recover from a precarious 111 for 6. He was also a part of the Pakistan side that won their maiden Test in England at The Oval in 1954. Even though he didn't make an impression with the bat, he took a sharp catch to remove Peter Loader. He ended his Test career with 1071 runs at an average of 31.5.

Hasan also gave a good account of himself in domestic cricket. He came into the limelight on the back of accumulating a century for the Government College against Islamia College at the age of 17 in 1949. He went on to make his first-class debut in the same year for Punjab Governor's XI. Hasan's highest individual first-class score of 201 came against Hasan Mahmood's XI in 1953-54.

"It is a sad day for Pakistan cricket as today we have lost our last hero who put us on the world cricket map in 1952. He was from that elite group cricketers that laid the foundation of what turned into a proud cricket nation. I had the privilege of knowing him personally and I have nothing but utmost respect for Waqar," the PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said.

"Waqar was not only an outstanding cricketer but a thorough gentleman who set very high standards. He was an articulate and smart cricket administrator who contributed in Pakistan with his wisdom and progressive approach and vision. On behalf of the PCB, I offer my deepest condolences to Waqar Hasan's family and friends, and assure them that Waqar will always be remembered for the immense contribution he made to Pakistan cricket," he added
 

 

Posted on February11, 2020

 

 

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