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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Aesaa Naheeñ Chalay Ga?


Sunday, January 01, 2017

It was the end of 2016 …

… and it took another one away.

Imtiaz Ahmad
Batsman, Wicket Keeper, Bowler
5th January 1928 — 31st December 2016

He brought colour into our lives.

Played in his first test for Pakistan in 1952
against neighbouring India.

Played for Nehru's Indian Team (at Nehru's request)
against the Rest of the World, scoring
300 Runs - Not Out
at the Brabourne Stadium, Bombay.

With his partner, Maqsood Ahmed,
Imtiaz was the fastest batsman in our team.

"Caught Imtiaz, Bowled Fazal"
(Fazal Mahmood 'Fazalled' England — Remember?)
That was our favourite phrase at the time.

He retired from Test Cricket in 1962.
Remained at the Cricket Academy until his death.

Imtiaz was not just a brilliant cricketer,
he was also a lovely poet.

Read about him in my earlier posts

Thank you for those wonderful days, Imtiaz Sahab.

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