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Former Pakistan paceman Mohammad Munaf passes away at 84
Mohammad Munaf 1935-2020

Former Pakistan paceman Mohammad Munaf passes away at 84

The fast bowler who played in the 1950s - Mohammad Munaf - passed away at 84 in Amsterdam on January 28. Munaf debuted in November 1959 against Australia in Lahore.

The right-arm speedster took the field in 71 first-class matches and played for Sindh, Karachi and the department side, Pakistan International Airlines, bagging 180 wickets in his long career. 

The quick bowler was also handy with the bat and used to chip in with useful contributions down the order, epitomizing the characteristics of a typical utility cricketer.

Born in Mumbai before the partition of the Indian subcontinent, he moved to Pakistan later and settled in Karachi where he pursued cricket professionally. 

In his international debut, he took four wickets against the Australia side that featured the likes of Norm O'Neill and Colin McDonald. 

 Mohammad Munaf 1935-2020 ©Abdul Mohi Shah

Mohammad Munaf 1935-2020 ©Abdul Mohi Shah

Late cricketer's last international appearance was against England in 1962 at Dhaka and thereafter he was dropped from the team. The eminent bowler's career, just like any other hostile fast bowler, was hampered by injuries.

Munaf was part of the touring party in Carribean tour in 1957-1958 and India tour in 1961-1962 but didn't get a chance to play, perhaps, owing to great competition in the side.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) offered their condolences and the cricket fraternity has expressed grief over the demise of the bowler who made his debut in an era when cricket was a novel sport in Pakistan and there wasn't a massive pool of players to challenge the established international teams.

Last year, Mohammad Munaf was honoured with a stone in VRA's walk of fame for his services to VRA Cricket Club in Amstelveen.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said: “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 family and express our deepest sympathies.”