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.
Maqsood Ahmed was a useful all rounder in the first ever cricket team of Pakistan. Before the creation of Pakistan, he played for Southern Punjab in India. He scored a century in his very first match. An aggressive hitter of the ball, Maqsood played a vital role in the recognition of Pakistan as test playing nation when he remained unbeaten on 137 against the visiting MCC.
Maqsood was a hard hitter of the ball and is one of the cricketers who got out on 99 runs. Though a brilliant batsman, his performance in test matches was rather irregular because of his carefree attitude. The English press dubbed him Merry Max. As a test player he only played 16 matches scoring a total of 507 runs. He was also a right arm medium bowler with 3 wickets in test matches to his credit. His first class record is better with 3815 runs in 85 matches including 6 centuries. He took 124 wickets with 7 for 39 being his best bowling figures.
After retiring from cricket, Maqsood Ahmed worked as a commentator and sports journalist. Although his playing time has ended many decads back, he is still respected for his talent. He was also one of the selectors of Pakistan Board in 1981-82. Maqsood Ahmed passed away on 4th January 1999 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Mudassar Nazar was the opening batsman of the Pakistani cricket team. Mudassar is the son of Nazar Mohammad also an opener who also has the honor of being the first centurion of Pakistan. Following his father’s footsteps, Mudassar also carried the bat against India.
Being the son of a first class cricketer, cricket was in Mudassar’s veins. Since childhood he was interested in cricket. His interest turned into obsession fueled by the company of cricket greats like Fazal Mahmood, Hanif Mohammad, and A. H Kardar; all ex colleagues of his father. At the age of 10 he was sure that he would someday be a test player.
Mudassar Nazar made his cricket debut against Australia at Adelaide in 1976-77. Mudassar along with his partner gave a solid start to the Pakistani team. He was also a useful bowler and took crucial wickets when the main bowlers failed. Mudassar has a number of records to his credit; he scored the slowest century ever in Test and First Class cricket. He took 557 minutes to reach the triple score against England at Lahore. He along with Javed Miandad scored a 451 third wicket partnership against India in Hyderabad. His career best performance with the bat and the ball came against England in 1982. He made a record by scoring 4 centuries in that series and his brilliant bowling earned him the nickname of “Man with Golden Arm”. The English press also dubbed him as the secret weapon of Pakistan. Like his father, Mudassar also carried the bat; another record in cricket history.
Mudassar retired from test cricket in 1989. Since then he has served as a coach to Pakistani, Kenyan and other teams. The government of Pakistan honored the brilliant player with Pride of Performance award in 1989.