Mushtaq Mohammed is one of the five Mohammed brothers; four of whom have etched a prominent place for themselves in the history of cricket.
Born in 1943, Mushtaq Mohammed started playing first class cricket at the age of 13 years. He showed his potential as an all-rounder by scoring 87 runs and taking 5 wickets for just 28 runs on his debut. He was associated with the English county Northamptonshire from 1966-1977. Altogether Mushtaq has scored 31,091 runs most of them when playing for Northamptonshire. Mushtaq also captained the county which won its first ever trophy the Gillette Cup in 1976 and also bagged second position in county championship.
Mushtaq Mohammed made his test debut against West Indies in 1959 at Lahore. Although Mushtaq is said to be the youngest test player, there are doubts about the authenticity of this claim. Mushtaq scored his first test century against India in India. Mushtaq was also an accomplished wrist- spinner who got wickets at crucial moments with his googly, flipper and legbreak. Mushtaq Mohammed was also a part of the Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket.
Due to ample opportunity he got when playing for Northamptonshire, Mushtaq became the first Pakistani to score 25,000 runs. Mushtaq is also a master of reverse sweep; a stroke he learnt from his elder brother the legendary Hanif Mohammed.
The year 1973 was particularly good for Mushtaq; he scored a century (121) against Australia and a month later a double century (201) against New Zealand. He scored 777 runs that year.
Mushtaq also led Pakistani team in 19 matches. Under his captaincy, the Pakistani team defeated West Indies in West Indies with Mushtaq contributing 121 and 56 with the bat and claiming 8 victims with the ball. Pakistan also won the home series against India in 1978-79.
Mushtaq also coached the Pakistan team which reached the finals of the 1999 World Cup.
Mohsin Hasan Khan is an ex-cricketer from Pakistan who used to open the innings for Pakistan in the late 70s till the mid 80s.
Mohsin Khan made his ODI debut against West Indies at Albion and his test debut against England in 1978 at Karachi. Mohsin Khan is one of the few batsmen who could adapt well to the bouncy Australian pitches. His centuries at Adelaide (149) and Melbourne (153) in the 1983-84 series are ample proof. Even in England he scored a double century at Lords in 1982. An interesting record associated with Mohsin Khan is that he scored 101 runs from the required 135 runs in the 2nd innings of a test match against India. This remains the lowest team score featuring a century to date.
Mohsin Khan was a stylish batsman who scored a total of 2709 runs in the 48 matches he played. In the One Day Internationals his total score is 1877 from 75 appearances. He retired from cricket in 1986.
Mohsin Khan was appointed the chief selector of PCB in 2009-10. Mohsin Khan left cricket to opt for a career in movies. He acted in a few movies in India and later worked in Pakistan. However, in last few years he has been associated with Pakistan Cricket Board in various capacities.
Iqbal Qasim was a stylish left arm spin bowler from Pakistan who was a part of the national team from 1976-1988.
Born in Karachi in 1953, Iqbal Qasim belonged to the “memon community”. Iqbal Qasim was a brilliant spinner who often baffled the batsmen with variations in pace and flight of the ball. Iqbal Qasim was a penetrative bowler who was more concerned about the accuracy of the ball.
In his test career of 50 test matches, Qasim took 171 wickets at an average of 28.11. He took 5 wickets in an innings on 8 occasions and 10 wickets in a match twice. His career best performance remains 7 wickets for 49 runs. His ODI record shows 15 matches to his credit with 12 wickets at an average of 41.66.
Iqbal Qasim’s career best performance was against India in India in the 1987 series. In the 5th test at Bangalore, Qasim took 9 wickets for 121 runs and played a key role in Pakistan’s first ever series win in India.
Iqbal Qasim was not that good with the bat but was a pretty decent fielder. Iqbal Qasim served the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) as the Chief Selector. Considering the fact that Pakistan cricket has always produced better bowlers in comparison to the quality of batsmen, Iqbal Qasim can be included among the best of the spinners from Pakistan.
Sadiq Mohammed the youngest of the five Mohammed brothers was born in 1945. Ever since Pakistan was recognized as a test playing nation, one of the Mohammed brothers had been a part of the Pakistan cricket team with Hanif Mohammed and Mushtaq Mohammed being the most successful.
Like his brothers, Sadiq Mohammed was a strong right handed batsman but on his brother Hanif Mohammed’s advice, Sadiq Mohammed switched over to left handed batting as Hanif thought that there were already too many right handed batsmen in the team. Initially Sadiq Mohammed played as a middle order batsman but later became a reliable opener. Sadiq Mohammed also played for the English County Gloucestershire.
Sadiq Mohammed made his test debut in 1969 at Karachi against New Zealand. He played 41 test matches with 2579 runs scored at an average of 35.81; his total includes five hundreds. He featured in 19 ODIs and made 383 runs at an average of 21.27 runs. Till date Sadiq Mohammad is considered as one of the best batsmen from Pakistan cricket. Pakistan cricket team who has been traditionally known for its weak and unreliable batting line up has surely produced some big names in the field of batting too. SAdiq Mohammed is among one of those batting legends from Pakistan.
Saqlain Mushtaq the Pakistani off spin bowler will be remembered in the history of cricket as one of the greatest off spinners of his time. A gifted bowler, Saqlain pioneered the mystery ball “doosra”. Saqlain Mushtaq produced many variations in the spin bowling technique
Saqlain Mushtaq began his career with a test and ODI career against Sri Lanka in 1995. He finished with 4 wickets in his first test series. Saqlain’s career best remains his performance against India in 1999 when he made a clean sweep and took 10 wickets in the Chennai test. Saqlain Mushtaq was the quickest to reach the 100, 150,200 and 250 wicket mark in ODIs. Saqlain also holds the distinction of being the only spin bowler to achieve a hat-trick in an ODI and one of the three bowlers to have taken two hat-tricks in ODIs; compatriot Wasim Akram and Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas being the other two. The Wisden statistical analysis of 2003 declared Saqlain the greatest ODI spinner and the sixth greatest ODI bowler. He was the Wisden Cricketer of the year in 2000.
Saqlain had a successful association with the English County Surrey and Sussex. Saqlain Mushtaq till today is considered as one of the best in his field not only in Pakistan cricket but among other players too, coming from other cricket playing nations.
Sarfraz Nawaz is a fast bowler from Pakistan. He is considered one of the pioneers of “reverse swing” bowling.
The Lahore born Sarfraz Nawaz began his career at the age of 20. His dismal performance in the first test against England played at Karachi saw him out of the national team for the next four years. He then made a remarkable come back when he performed brilliantly with both bat and ball against Australia in the 1972-73 series. As a matter of fact his best performances have been against Australia. In the Melbourne Test in 1978-79, Australia needed only 77 runs to win and had 7 wickets in hand. Sarfraz Nawaz claimed those seven wickets conceding only one run in 33 balls to give Pakistan a memorable and almost impossible victory. Overall he took 9 wickets for 86 runs; the best performance by a Pakistani bowler against Australia and the fifth best performance in test cricket.
Sarfraz Nawaz mastered the reverse swing and passed it on to his peer (Imran Khan) and his successors. Sarfraz Nawaz saved Pakistan many times with both ball and bat. A bowling genius, he could seam the ball in both directions but he was also a temperamental person who was often in trouble due to his reckless behavior.
After retiring from cricket, he entered politics and served as an MPA (Member of Provincial Assembly) for three years. He later became a cricket commentator.
Tauseef Ahmed was a former right arm off spin bowler from Pakistan. He made his debut against Australia in Karachi and in the very first test took seven wickets thus playing a crucial role in Pakistan’s victory. His career best innings was that against Sri Lanka when he took 6 wickets while giving away only 42 runs. Another memorable innings from Tauseef Ahmed is his match winning performance against India in 1986-87. Tauseef Ahmed took 9 wickets including the prized wicket of Sunil Gavaskar whom he trapped at 96.
Tauseef Ahmed played 34 test matches and took 93 wickets including 5 wickets in an innings thrice. His ODI record shows 70 matches and 55 wickets. This crafty off spinner was called the Lionel Richie of Pakistani team because of his close resemblance to the singer. Although Tauseef Ahmed is remembered as a great off spinner, his most fond memory in Pakistan for the Pakistani cricket fan is the fact that he was at the other end of the crease when Miandad hit his famous smashing six off Chetan Sharma to defeat India in Sharjah Cup final of 1986. It was such a marvelous victory for Pakistan that still a lot of people share the details of that victory, giving due attention to the one single Tauseef took to hand over the strike to legendary Javed Miandad who struck a sixer off the last ball.
Wasim Bari is the former wicket keeper of the Pakistan cricket team. He long career of 17 years spans from 1967-1984.
The Karachi born wicket keeper was not that agile behind the wickets. One hardly saw him making fantastic dives but he was quite potent nonetheless. Bari made his debut against England and his safe and steady performance was soon acknowledged by the critics who called him the best glove man to come out of South Asia. Bari played 81 matches and has 228 victims behind the wickets including 27 stumping. He was an average batsman who tried to rise to the occasion when his country needed him.
Wasim Bari has made quite a few records behind the wickets. He holds the record of catching 7 of the first 8 batsmen against New Zealand in 1979; a world record of the most catches behind the wickets in a test innings. Wasim Bari also leveled the then world record of 8 catches in 1971 at Leeds. With 228 victims, Wasim Bari remains the most successful wicket keeper of Pakistan and of South Asia.
Another world record associated with Wasim Bari is his last wicket partnership with Wasim Raja which produced 133 runs; Bari scored 60 of these.
Wasim Bari is still actively involved in cricket as he heads Pakistan’s selection panel. To acknowledge his services, the PCB honored him with a Life Time Achievement Award in 1997.
Intikhab Alam was a part of the Pakistan cricket team from 1959 to 1977. Intikhab Alam was an all rounder; he was a powerful hitter of the ball and a useful leg spinner.
Intikhab Alam was Pakistan’s first ODI captain. Under his leadership Pakistan played 3 matches winning two and losing one match. In the 47 tests Intikhab played, he scored 1493 runs. Intikhab though not a stylish leg spinner was very effective. He took 125 wickets which include a haul of 5 wickets in an innings 5 times and on two occasions he took 10 wickets in an innings. His ODI record shows 17 runs from 4 matches and 4 wickets. Intikhab also played county cricket for Surrey from 1969-1981 which had a positive effect on his playing abilities.
After retiring from cricket, Intikhab coached the national team. Intikhab was the coach when Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup. In 2009 again under his coaching Pakistan won the T20 World CUP. Intikhab was the first foreign coach of the Indian Punjab Cricket team in the Ranji Trophy. Intikhan Alam’s association with Pakistan Cricket Board has been a life long relationship. After finishing his career as a cricket player, he has been involved with Pakistan cricket in one way or the other. He has spent many years managing Pakistan Cricket Team on their tours abroad.
Azhar Mahmood joined the Pakistan cricket team in 1996. His first ODI was against India; Azhar’s performance was average. Azhar however was brilliant against South Africa the following year. In Azhar, Pakistan found a reliable and strong middle order batsman, a typical English style seam bowler and an agile fielder.
Azhar Mahmood was particularly known for his powerful strokes though he was a bit uncomfortable against leg spin. Azhar Mahmood is another cricketer who was a victim of the PCB politics. This talented cricketer found himself in and out of the team at several occasions. Azhar then joined the English county Surrey in 2002. He remained with Surrey till 2007 and then switched over to Kent. He still plays for Kent and at the time when Pakistan team is struggling against England, Azhar led his county Kent to victory by taking 5 wickets for 62 runs.