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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
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