Former Pakistan batsman Waqar Hasan passed away at the age of 87 on Monday, 10 February. He was the last surviving member of Pakistan's first-ever Test XI, that played India in New Delhi in October 1952.
Hasan didn't have a memorable start to his Test career, scoring 8 and 5 in the first Test which his side lost by an innings and 70 runs. He made his presence felt in the third Test in Mumbai with half centuries in each innings. He finished as Pakistan's highest run-scorer in the five-match series, with 357 runs from eight innings at 44.63.
In the second home Test against New Zealand in Lahore in 1955-56, the right-hander scored 189 and stitched a monumental 308-run stand with keeper-batsman Imtiaz Ahmed in a match-winning cause. That was his lone Test century in 21 appearances. His last Test came against Australia in Lahore in November 1959. Overall, he scored 1,071 runs from 21 Tests for Pakistan. In 99 first-class appearances, he scored 4,741 runs at 35.64 with eight hundreds to his name.
The Amritsar-born cricketer also served as Pakistan's national selector in spells post retirement.
"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. I had the privilege of knowing him personally and I have nothing but utmost respect for Waqar," 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. On behalf of the PCB, I offer my deepest condolences to Waqar Hasan's family and friends, and assure them that Waqar will always be remembered for the immense contribution he made to Pakistan cricket."
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