Former Pakistan middle-order batsman Waqar Hasan has passed away at the age of 87 in Karachi. Waqar was a member of Pakistan’s inaugural Test XI as he took the field on the historic occasion of his country’s contest against India in Delhi in 1952.
Waqar donned the national jersey in 21 Tests and amassed 1,071 runs at an average of 31.50. His highest score of 189 came in a record stand with Imtiaz Ahmed at Bagh-e-Jinnah in Lahore in 1955 against New Zealand. Following his retirement, Waqar served in various administrative roles for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“It is a sad day for Pakistan cricket as today we have lost our last hero who put us on the world cricket map in 1952. He was from that elite group cricketers that laid the foundation of what turned into a proud cricket nation”- PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said.
“Waqar was not only an outstanding cricketer but a thorough gentleman who set very high standards. He was an articulate and smart cricket administrator who contributed in Pakistan with his wisdom and progressive approach and vision,” he added.