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    Fazal Mahmood dies

    A legend in fast medium bowling, hero of oval died today.

    Inna lillahee wa inna ilayhee raajiuoon.
    The will of Allah will not take you where the Grace of Allah will not protect you.

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    Inna lillahee wa inna ilayhee raajiuoon.

    One of the early pioneers of Pakistan cricket. Really sad.

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      Fazal Mahmood dies aged 78


      Fazal Mahmood, one of the greatest of Pakistani cricketers, has died at his home in Lahore aged 78.


      Mahmood, a tall medium-pacer with immaculate control and deceptive late movement, took 139 wickets in 34 Tests between 1952-53 and 1962. He played in Pakistan's inaugural Test, against India at Delhi in October 1952, and produced figures of 12 for 94 at Lucknow in the second match to secure Pakistan's first-ever Test victory


      Mahmood, however, will forever be remembered for his performance against England two years later, when he took 12 wickets at The Oval in a thrilling series-levelling victory. His second-innings figures of 6 for 46 included the prize scalps of Peter May and Denis Compton, as England slumped from 109 for 2 to 143 all out, to lose by a mere 24 runs. That performance earned him the accolade of being one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year in 1955.


      Mahmood also played a lead role in Pakistan's first-ever victory over Australia, taking 13 for 114 at Karachi in 1955. Before the partition of India and Pakistan, he had played in the Ranji Trophy for Northern India and had earned selection for India's tour to Australia in 1946. Instead, however, he chose to migrate to Pakistan, where he earned a living as a police officer.

      "Mahmood suffered a heart attack which he couldn't survive," his son Shahazad Mahmood told AFP. "He was otherwise healthy and used to go to his office even after a prostate operation." Alongside his contemporaries, Imtiaz Ahmed and Hanif Mohammad, Mahmood was often referred to as one of the icons of Pakistan cricket, and the Pakistan Cricket Board was swift to send its condolences to his family.


      "On behalf of the chairman, colleagues in PCB and on my own behalf, I would like to convey heartfelt condolences on the sad and untimely passing away of your father who was undoubtedly Pakistan's great hero," said Abbas Zaidi, the director of board operations in a statement. "We pray that his soul rests in peace and may Allah Almighty give you and your family strength to bear this huge loss."

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        inna lillahi wa inna ilahi rajioon
        Oh, everything's too damned expensive these days. This Bible cost 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everybody's a sinner! Except this guy.

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          Ina lillahi wa ina ilayhi Rajioun.

          Sad news. My thoughts go with his family and friends. May Allah almighty bless him with Jannat. Ameen.
          Main Kabhi Batlata Nahin
          Par Andhere Se Darta Hoon Main Maa
          Tujhe Sab Hain Pata,Meri Maa

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            Inna Lillahay wa inna IleyahaY Rajeo'oon

            I have seen the hightlight of 1955 match... He was one fine bowler indeed.
            Quite often good things have hurtful consequences. There are instances of men who have been ruined by their money or KILLED by their COURAGE.” ~Aristotle

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              Inna lillahi wa inna ilaha rajioun

              Allah talah marhoum ko jawar-e-rehmat mai jaga atta fermaye ghar waloun ko saber atta fermaye - Ameen
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                Inna lillahe wa inna ilahe rajioon
                charah saazon se alag hai mayar mera kay main
                zakham khaaonga tou kuch aur nikhar jaaonga

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                  May hs soul rest in peace, our prayers are with his family.

                  Thanku Fazal Mahmood for giving Pakistan and cricketing fans all over the world such fond memories, we shall always remember you.

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                    Inna lillahe wa inna ilahe rajioon
                    ~*~Pakistan hamari jaan, sabse pehley Pakistan~*~

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                      Oh god...very sad news.......May Allah bless his soul in heaven....

                      Fazal was a great bowler for sure but today I want to share a non-cricketing story about him with all guppies. I read this story in many magazines described by Fazal himself in several interviews. Fazal was an extremely handsome guy. Tall, fair skinned with green eyes and sharp features certainly gave him a look of a hero. Those of you who have seen some old clips of him would testify to my statement. He was a very good friend of Indian film legend Dilip Kumar and before partition they used to spend a lot of time together. After partition Fazal decided to quit India and move to Pakistan. By then, Dilip Kumar had already established himself as a top hero in Indian film industry. Dilip Kumar who had approached him many times before once again offered him to work as a hero in Indian movies. Dilip Kumar went to the extent of saying to Fazal “cricket is just a sport and right now its future is not bright in Pakistan. If you become a famous hero in movies, you will rule over million of hearts in India and Pakistan”. Fazal rejected the offer right away and answered back to Dilip Kumar “ Dilip, how about if you keep acting in movies and I will start playing for Pakistan and we will see who gains popularity first and who ends up ruling over million of hearts”. In couple of years, fazal ended up winning that famous test match for Pakistan in Oval, England. Fazal took 12 wickets in that math which made him an instant star. Given the fact that Pakistan just got independence from England, beating your former masters in such a humiliating way in their own backyard was certainly a huge task. In addition by then, India had never beaten England in England and therefore, Fazal made news all over India too. Fazal said that he ended up calling his old friend Dilip Kumar asking him jokingly “ so what do u think now? Who ended up winning whole India and Pakistan? You or me?” Dilip just laughed and did not say anything back to him about this.

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                        indeed as sad new...

                        Inna lillahe wa inna ilahe rajioon

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                          Inna lillahee wa inna ilayhee raajiuoon,

                          Indeed a Icon in himself!!!:Salute:

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                            Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilahi Rajioon...

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                              Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955

                              http://content.cricinfo.com/pakistan...ry/210180.html

                              Pakistan's Alec Bedser
                              1955 home



                              Fazal Mahmood: Pakistani icon © Getty Images

                              The key factor in Pakistan's unexpected victory over England at The Oval in 1954 was the medium-fast bowling of vice-captain Fazal Mahmood, who took twelve wickets for 99 runs. That was only one of Fazal's consistently good performances in England which earned him an exceedingly high valuation.

                              Known as "The Alec Bedser of Pakistan", Fazal fully lived up to his reputation. In first-class matches he headed the Pakistan bowling averages with 77 wickets for 17.53 runs each and his 20 Test wickets were more than double the next best for Pakistan. His part in Pakistan drawing the rubber, the receipt of a Cup and a cheque for his Oval Test achievement, judged the finest individual feat of the season, and selection as the first Pakistan player in Wisden's Five Cricketers made 1954 memorable for Fazal.

                              In build, run-up and bowling action, Fazal does not resemble Bedser, but their bowling methods bear a distinct similarity. Both concentrate on varied swing and a mixture of leg-cutters and break-backs at just above medium-pace; both are masters of length.

                              Born at Lahore, on February 18, 1927, Fazal made his mark in school cricket. His father, a professor of Economics at Islamia College, Lahore, and President of the College Cricket Club, encouraged Fazal to practice assiduously and from the age of ten the boy played regularly in the College nets. When 13, he joined the College and in his second year won a place in the first eleven. A year later, when still much younger than most of his cricket companions, he set up a University record for the Punjab area with five wickets for 13 in the final of the Inter-College tournament. During six years at college Fazal began playing first-class cricket in India's Ranji Trophy tournament. As Pakistan was not then a separate country, Fazal represented Northern India. From early days he could bowl a natural fast leg-break with plenty of wristwork, but when entering senior cricket he changed his action slightly. By eliminating the wrist-action and using his fingers more, Fazal deceived batsmen who found increasing difficulty in discriminating between the leg-cutter and the break-back.

                              In the 1946 Trial matches for the Indian team to tour England, Fazal did extremely well and narrowly missed selection. When they returned from England, the India side met The Rest and Fazal's bowling contributed much towards The Rest's comfortable victory. About this time a century by him for North against South at Bombay in the Zone trial games held to select the team to visit Australia in 1947-48 helped to make his choice a certainty. Five months after the team was announced, however, partition took place between India and Pakistan and only India players went on the tour, Fazal standing down.

                              Pakistan were so concerned in establishing themselves as a country that Fazal found few opportunities for first-class cricket, but interest developed when West Indies visited Pakistan in 1948. In 1949-50 Fazal was the leading Pakistan bowler on a tour of Ceylon and when Ceylon returned the visit in 1950, he took 20 wickets in two representative matches.

                              Cricket took a firm hold on Pakistan during the tour by M.C.C. at the end of 1951. In the first game, at Sialkot, in which M.C.C. just saved the follow-on, Fazal dismissed five batsmen for 58. At Karachi, where Pakistan beat M.C.C. by four wickets, Fazal took six for 40 in the first innings. That victory did much towards earning Pakistan Test match status and in October, 1952, they toured India as a fully-fledged cricket nation. Although losing the series, Pakistan won one Test. With 20 wickets for 25.51 runs each, Fazal headed the Test bowling averages.

                              Many of Fazal's successes were gained on matting pitches and the Pakistan authorities, realising that their cricketers might be at a disadvantage when touring England, sent a party of young players, styled the Pakistan Eaglets, here in 1953. Fazal was among them and, besides learning about English conditions, he benefited from the coaching of A. R. Gover, the former Surrey fast bowler.

                              A special feature of Fazal's bowling is his astonishing stamina. For this he owes much to his father, who insisted on a rigid training schedule. From 1940 to 1947 Fazal went to bed no later than 10 p.m. He rose each morning at 4.30 a.m., and whatever the weather, walked five miles and ran five miles.

                              After leaving college, Fazal joined the Pakistan services as an inspector of Police. In 1952 he was promoted to Deputy Superintendent. -- L. S.

                              © John Wisden & Co.

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