Hanif Mohammad - 1934-2016

12 Aug
Poloc president Keith Young last night led the tributes following the death of cricket superstar Hanif Mohammad - one of the greatest players ever to grace the Scottish domestic stage.

Pakistan hero Hanif - nicknamed Little Master - was pro at the Glasgow club in the wake of an illustrious international career.

Young said: “Everyone connected to Poloc CC will be saddened to hear the news.

“He came to Shawholm in 1972, following in the footsteps of his brother and Test team-mate Sadiq Mohammad, who had been pro there in 1969 and 1970.

“Poloc were at the bottom of the pile in the Western Union when he arrived and he helped to raise them from the basement.

|“More senior members have fond memories of his time in Glasgow and the club handbook tell how he was regarded as a ‘very likeable personality.’

“Our thoughts are with his family.”

Hanif, 81, who still holds the record for playing the longest innings in Test cricket, has died from lung cancer in hospital in Karachi.

He appeared in 55 Tests, including Pakistan's first.

Renowned for his immaculate defensive technique, he scored 3915 runs at an average of 43.98.

His best was an epic 337 as Pakistan saved the Barbados Test in 1958 while following on.

“It was the highest Test score and the longest first-class innings then. At 970 minutes, it is still the longest Test innings.

By Cricket Media

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