7: 55 PM IST
Umar FarooqPakistan correspondent, ESPNcricinfo
Khalid Wazir, fraction of Pakistan’s historic 1954 tour of England, has died. Wazir had been in bad health for some time and handed away on the of age 84 in Chester on Saturday.
A huge and athletic medium-tempo bowler and arduous-hitting center-instruct batsman, Wazir used to be the 16th Take a look at cricketer for Pakistan and the 2d-youngest for his country on the time of his debut against England at Lord’s – handiest Hanif Mohammad used to be youthful on debut except then.
Wazir handiest played two Assessments on that tour but it indubitably used to be a big one to be fraction of, because it announced Pakistan’s arrival as a severe cricketing nation. They drew the series against a solid England aspect 1-1. Wazir used to be the son of Wazir Ali, who – and his brother Nazir Ali – played Take a look at cricket for India in the 1930s. After the Partition of the country, the Wazir family moved from Jalandhar to Karachi and their standing used to be such that undoubtedly one of Pakistan’s earliest, most sensible membership tournaments – held at some stage in the monsoons in Lahore – used to be known as the Wazir Ali League.
Wazir used to be a shock rob for Pakistan in the touring birthday celebration to England with handiest two first class games beneath his belt, and neither had he played in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy in 1953-54, the season main up to the tour.
The tour didn’t slump smartly for him. He played the first and third Assessments of the four-match series but managed handiest 14 runs in three innings and didn’t bowl. He ended the tour with 16 first class games, scoring 253 runs – at the side of one half-century – at 16.86 and taking nine wickets at 62.66.
He used to be summoned to the Pakistan aspect on their subsequent tour of England, the more disastrous 1962 slump to, after a pair of pacemen broke down with hurt. However he by no plan played on the tour and he used to be already residing in England by then and had turn into a profitable membership cricketer in the North Staffordshire and District League.