Abdul Aziz (cricketer)

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Abdul Aziz
Personal information
Full name Abdul Aziz
Born 1941
Karachi, Sind, British Raj[1]
Died 17 January 1959 (aged 17–18)
Karachi, Sind, Pakistan
Batting style Right hand batsman
Role Wicketkeeper
Domestic team information
Years Team
1958/59 Karachi
1957/58 Karachi C
First-class debut 11 October 1957 Karachi C v Sind A
Last First-class 16 January 1959
Karachi v Pakistan Combined Services
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 8
Runs scored 149
Batting average 21.28
100s/50s –/–
Top score 35
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 17/5
Source: CricketArchive, 21 August 2008

Abdul Aziz (Urdu: عبدالعزیز‎), (1941−17 January 1959) was a Pakistani cricketer who was born, and died, in Karachi, Sind . A wicket keeper and opening batsman, Aziz played eight first-class matches for Karachi, before he died after being struck by a cricket ball. He was a student at S. M. College and worked for the Pakistan State Bank.[2]

Whilst batting in the first-innings of the Quaid-e-Azam final against Pakistan Combined Services, Aziz was struck over the heart by a slow off break from Dildwar Awan [sic]. While preparing to receive the next ball, Aziz fell to the ground and never regained consciousness, dying en route to hospital.[2] It is believed the blow aggravated an existing undiagnosed heart condition. A player who does not bat in an innings is recorded in the scorecard as "absent"; Aziz is recorded as "absent" in the second innings, with a footnote explaining he was hurt but died.[3]

Aziz's death was the third instance of the death of a cricketer during a first-class cricket match, succeeding those of Maurice Nichol and Charlie Bull in the thirties. George Summers died in 1870 of a head injury sustained in a match, but he died four days after it.

Two of Aziz's brothers also played first-class cricket: Abdul Kadir played one match for North-West Frontier Province;[4] Abdur Rasheed played 28 matches between 1953/54 and 1964/65.[5]


  1. ^ Became part of Pakistan in 1947
  2. ^ a b Haigh, Gideon (2006). Peter The Lord's Cat and Other Unexpected Obituaries from Wisden. London, Eng: John Wisden & Co. p. 16. ISBN 1845131630. 
  3. ^ Karachi v Combined Services in 1958/59 scorecard, 1959-01-21, CricketArchive. Retrieved on 2014-11-28. "... hit in the chest from ball from Dildar Awan and collapsed and died on the way to hospital."
  4. ^ Abdul Kadir profile, CricketArchive. Retrieved on 2008-08-21
  5. ^ Abdur Rasheed profile, CricketArchive. Retrieved on 2008-08-21


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