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Popular Pakistani Cricket Player Fazal Mahmood

by on November 21, 2012
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Popular Pakistani Cricket Player Fazal Mahmood

Fazal Mahmood was born on the 18th of February, 1927 and died at the age of 78 years on 30th May, 2005 after suffering from a heart stroke. He was a famous Pakistani cricket player and was considered to be one of the finest pace bowlers in the cricket industry at that time. He was also awarded with the honor of becoming the first Pakistani cricketer to take 100 wickets in 22 matches. He played in about 34 test cricket matches and managed to take 139 wickets giving an average rate of bowling to 24.70.

The first class cricket by Fazal Mahmood was for the Northern India held at the Ranji Trophy. His strong performance in the tour led his selection in the inaugural tour of India to Australia in the year 1947-48. At the time of partition, Fazal left the Indian team and joined the Pakistani cricket team. On four test matches, he managed to take 10 wickets against Australia, India and England. His performance in the tour of England in the year 1954 in which his role made the team square the Oval series. The player was also made the captain of the national team during 1959 and 1961. He led the team to play in ten matches under which they lost two test matches and won two matches as well. He took retirement from both first class and test matches in the year 1962 after the team’s tour of England as he was alleged to replace injured bowlers in the team.

Fazal Mahmood was one of the greatest Pakistani bowlers who named several victories to his name. He was called the torch bearer of the team with his excellent bowling skills. He was a handsome player and for that reason features in various commercial with his mop of hair. He was especially tricky to handle on the artificial pitches used in Pakistan during the time of 1950s. He passed away in 2005 at the age of 78.

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