Former Pakistan pacer passes away
Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Munaf has passed away. He was 84 years old.
From the late 50s to the early 60s, Munaf played four Tests for Pakistan. Though he did not take the field, but he also toured with the Pakistan side on their famous first tour of the Caribbean in 1957-58.
In that tour, Gary Sobers made his then world-record 365, while Hanif Mohammad played one of the great rearguard innings of all time, the 337 at Bridgetown.
Munaf made his first-class debut against Bahawalpur in 1953, and went on to make his Test debut against Australia in 1959 in Lahore.
He achieved his best Test figures of 4 for 42 versus England in Lahore in 1961. Besides he also grabbed 180 wickets from 71 matches in First Class cricket for Sindh, Karachi and Pakistan Airlines, and ended up with six five-wicket hauls.
Munaf proved himself as a very useful batsman lower down the order, four first-class fifties make proofs for that.
Born in Bombay (now Mumbai), Munaf settled in Karachi, and it was the city where he took the passion in fast bowling, and first made his name in the famous Rubie Shield school tournament.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered their condolences on the demise of Munaf.
“The PCB is saddened by the news of Munaf’s passing away. Munaf was one of those respected cricketers who made their name at the first-class level in the early days of Pakistan cricket. We share the grief of his friends and friendly and express our deepest sympathies,” said the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.