The death of Iqbal ‘Bala’ Sheikh, caused by brain haemorrhage on December 19, 2019, in Lahore, surprisingly went unnoticed, even in his home city. One of the leading off-spinners in the 1960s, he had his bowling action questioned, as was the case with his chief rival Haseeb Ahsan, who managed to win 12 Test caps.
The passing away of Waqar Hasan, in the early hours of February 10 in Karachi, is a significant blow to Pakistan cricket, as the stylish right-hand batsman remained the only survivor of its first Test team that took the field against India at Delhi in October 1952.
Mohammad Munaf, a right-arm medium-fast bowler who represented Pakistan in four home Test matches, besides appearing for Sind, Karachi and PIA, breathed his last in the early hours of January 29, in Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Bangladesh cricketers on their first tour of Pakistan for 11 years, are to play three T20Is, starting on Friday 24 January, at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore (GSL). The venue is the ‘Home of Cricket’ and the headquarter of the game in the country
The year 2019 continues to be an unpleasant journey for Pakistan sports fraternity, worsened now with the passing away of Rehanullah Siddiqi, a noted sports editor, renowned for both flair of writing and jovial nature.
The death of Ashiq Qureshi in Lahore (Punjab) on Friday, November 1, closes a chapter on one of Pakistan’s most dedicated cricket administrators. Four weeks away from his 70th birthday, he suffered a cardiac arrest which proved fatal.
Dr. Khadim Baloch, one of Pakistan cricket’s most passionate observer, author, correspondent and leading literature and memorabilia collector, passed away aged 80, on Monday morning at Colchester General Hospital, after a prolonged illness.
The Saturday evening at Lahore Spices on Upper Tooting Road, London, proved a lively affair for Pakistan cricket enthusiasts. The presence of Sarfraz Nawaz and Asif Masood – two of the country’s premier new-ball bowlers of the 1970s – was enough to guarantee a captive audience.