Former Pakistani batsman Waqar Hasan died on Monday, February 10th at the age of 87. He was the last surviving member of Pakistan’s first Test XI, which played against India in New Delhi in October 1952.
Hasan did not have a memorable start to his Test career and scored 8 and 5 in the first test, which his team lost through innings and 70 runs. It made itself felt in the third test in Mumbai with half a century in each inning. He became Pakistan’s best run-scorer in the five-match series with 357 runs from eight innings at 44.63.
In the second home test against New Zealand in Lahore from 1955 to 1956, the right-handed player scored 189 points and sewed a monumental 308-run stand with goalkeeper batsman Imtiaz Ahmed in a match win. It was his only test century in 21 appearances. His last test was in Lahore against Australia in November 1959. Overall, he scored 1,071 runs in 21 tests for Pakistan. In 99 first-class appearances, he achieved 4,741 runs at 35.64 with eight hundred after his name.
The cricketer, born in Amritsar, also served as Pakistan’s national selector in spells after retirement.
“It is a sad day for Pakistan cricket as we lost our last hero who put us on the cricket world map in 1952. He was one of the elite cricket groups that laid the foundation for a proud cricket nation. I had that.” the privilege of knowing him personally and I have the greatest respect for Waqar, “said PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.
“Waqar was not only an excellent cricket player but also a thorough gentleman who set very high standards. He was a skillful and intelligent cricket administrator who contributed to Pakistan with his wisdom, progressive approach and vision I express my condolences to the family and friends of Waqar Hasan on behalf of the PCB and assure them that Waqar will always be remembered for the immense contribution he made to Pakistani cricket. “