Jacob Harris

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Jacob Harris was a first class cricketer and sports coach from Karachi, Pakistan.

He was born in Karachi, when it was still part of British India. He studied at St Patrick's High School, Karachi. He played cricket as a right-hand batsman and a leg-break bowler. He played for the Sindh main first class team from 1932/33 and1938/39 and the Maharashtra main first class team from 1936/37 and1939/40.[1] Between 1932 and 1943 he played 25 first class matches.[2] Between 1953 and 1957 he umpired 6 first class matches as well.[3]

He also coached some brilliant cricketers like Wallis Mathias, Antao D'Souza, Khalid Wazir, Wasim Bari, Rashid Israr, all who ended up as Test cricketers for Pakistan.[4]

The undisputed fastest human in Pakistan John Permal attributed his success on the track to the support of his school coach Jacob Harris.[5]

The Jacob Harris Shield Inter School Cricket Tournament was started in his honour in Karachi in 2009. 40 schools participated in the tournament.[6]

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