Iqbal Qasim

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Iqbal Qasim
Personal information
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 50 15
Runs scored 549 39
Batting average 13.07 6.50
100s/50s -/1 -/-
Top score 56 13
Balls bowled 13019 664
Wickets 171 12
Bowling average 28.11 41.66
5 wickets in innings 8
10 wickets in match 2 n/a
Best bowling 7/49 3/13
Catches/stumpings 42/- 3/-
Source: [1], 4 February 2006

Mohammad Iqbal Qasim (Urdu: محمد اقبال قاسم‎; born August 6, 1953, Karachi, Sindh) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in 50 Tests and 15 ODIs from 1976 to 1988.

Qasim ended his career with 171 wickets in his 50 Test matches, at approximately 3.5 wickets a match. His accurate bowling saw his economy rate at a low 2.21. He pushed the ball through quicker than normal, not extracting great turn, but deceiving batsmen through variations in pace and trajectory.

He is most notable for spinning Pakistan to victory in the 5th Test at Bangalore of the 1987 India-Pakistan series, and thus securing Pakistan's first series win on Indian soil. He took 9/121, including the key scalp of Sunil Gavaskar for 96 in the last innings of the game.

Iqbal Qasim remained in the shadows of his teammate, leg spinner Abdul Qadir, although his career returns are superior by average and very similar by strike rate.

He became Pakistan's chief selector in 2012.[1]


  1. ^ Iqbal Qasim named Pakistan chief selector Retrieved 5 December 2013.

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