Jahangir Khan (cricketer)
1 February 1910|
Basti Ghuzan, Jullundur, Punjab, British India (now India)
|Died||23 July 1988
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Batting style||Right-hand batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast medium|
|Relations||Majid Khan (son)
Asad Jahangir Khan (son)
Bazid Khan (grandson)
|Test debut||25 June 1932 v England|
|Last Test||15 August 1936 v England|
|Source: CricketArchive, 10 March 2013|
Dr. Mohammad Jahangir Khan pronunciation (help·info) (1 February 1910, Jalandhar, Punjab – 23 July 1988, Lahore) played cricket for India during British rule and after independence served as a cricket administrator in Pakistan. He graduated from Islamia College, Lahore.
Jahangir was a big man who stood six feet and bowled medium pace. He came from a famous cricketing family that produced Pakistan captains Imran Khan, Javed Burki and Majid Khan, the last being his son. Majid's son Bazid Khan also represented Pakistan for the first time in 2005, making the family the second, after the Headleys, to have three consecutive generations of Test cricketers.
Jahangir scored 108 on his first-class debut and took seven wickets in the second innings of the match. He represented India in her first ever Test against England at Lord's in 1932. After the tour, he stayed back in England and took a doctorate from Cambridge University. He passed the final Bar from Middle Temple. In that time he was Cambridge blue in cricket for four years. He also made two appearances in Gentlemen v Players matches. In 1935 playing for Indian Gymkhana, he also scored 1380 runs in two months, at an average of 70.
When India toured England in 1936 he joined the team and appeared in all three Tests. His best bowling during his time at Cambridge was a 7 for 58 against the champion county Yorkshire. Back in India, he played in the Bombay Pentangular in 1939.
While playing against Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord's in 1936, he bowled a ball to Tom Pearce that struck and killed an airborne sparrow. The bird was subsequently stuffed and mounted on the match ball which is currently exhibited in the MCC Museum at Lord's. Jahangir was to captain India in a tour of Ceylon in 1940–41 that was cancelled due to the war.
Jahangir was a selector between 1939–40 and 1941–42. After moving to Pakistan after 1947, he served a selector in Pakistan and managed the team that toured India in 1960–1961. He was a college principal and then served as the Director of Education in Pakistan before retiring. When Jalandhar hosted its first Test match in 1983, Jahangir was specially invited to attend the match. In his younger days, he was also a champion javelin thrower of India. He represented India in AAA in 1932 and British Empire Games 1934 in London.
At the time of his death, he was the last survivor from the team that played for India in her first Test.