Khalid Ibadulla

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Khalid Ibadulla
Personal information
Full name Khalid Ibadulla
Born (1935-12-20) 20 December 1935 (age 81)
Lahore, Punjab, British India
(now Pakistan)
Nickname Billy
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Right-arm medium
Relations Kassem Ibadulla (son)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 43) 24 October 1964 v Australia
Last Test 10 August 1967 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1970/71–1971/72 Tasmania
1964/65–1966/67 Otago
1954–1972 Warwickshire
1953/54 Punjab
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class List A
Matches 4 417 64
Runs scored 253 17,078 829
Batting average 31.62 27.28 16.91
100s/50s 1/– 22/82 –/2
Top score 166 171 75
Balls bowled 336 36,157 3,133
Wickets 1 462 84
Bowling average 99.00 30.96 23.86
5 wickets in innings 6 2
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/42 7/22 6/32
Catches/stumpings 3/– 14/– 13/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 13 October 2011

Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla (born 20 December 1935, Lahore, Punjab) is a former Pakistani cricketer and TVNZ cricket commentator.[1] He played in four Tests between 1964 and 1967.

First-class career[edit]

After a few matches in Pakistan, where he made his first-class debut at the age of 16,[2] he played most of his cricket as a professional for Warwickshire, for whom he appeared between 1954 and 1972, mostly as an opening batsman. He made 1000 runs in a season six times, with a highest tally of 2098 runs in 1962. His top score was 171, against Oxford University in 1961.[3]

On a flat Oval pitch in 1960 he scored an unbeaten 170 for Warwickshire against Surrey, and put on 377 with Norman Horner for the first wicket on the first day, then the highest unbroken opening partnership in cricket history.

He was also a useful and economical medium-pace bowler, with a best analysis of 7 for 22 against Derbyshire in 1967.[4]

He played for Otago from 1964–65 to 1966–67, and moved to New Zealand in 1976,[5] living in Dunedin[1] and working as a cricket coach.

Test career[edit]

Although he had not played domestic first-class cricket in Pakistan for more than 10 years, Ibadulla was selected to play in the single Test against the visiting Australians in Karachi in 1964–65. Opening the batting, he batted throughout the first day's play, dismissed on stumps for 166 in five and a half hours.[6] The opening partnership of 249 with Abdul Kadir (95) is the highest in Test cricket for any wicket to involve two test debutants.[7]

He declined an invitation to go on the subsequent tour of Australia and New Zealand, as the Pakistan authorities were unable to offer him the professional rates he was accustomed to,[8] and he spent the time playing for Otago and coaching. He made 43 and 102 not out and took four wickets for Otago when they played the Pakistanis,[9] and was later called up by Pakistan for the Third Test, making 28 and 9.

He was also called into the Pakistan side for two Tests during the tour to England in 1967 after dismissing the captain, Hanif Mohammad for a duck while playing for Warwickshire against the touring Pakistanis.[10] However, he made only 47 runs in four innings and took one wicket in the first two Tests, and was not selected in the Test team again.

Later career[edit]

He has coached some of New Zealand's top cricketers, including Glenn Turner, Ken Rutherford and Chris Cairns.[5] He also taught briefly at St Dunstan's College in London, as a Physical Education teacher in the early 70's.

He umpired first-class cricket in England in 1982 and 1983.

Ibadulla was the subject of a long-running error in the Wisden records section. He was out handled the ball at Courtaulds, Coventry in 1963 when playing for Warwickshire against Hampshire[11] and not obstructing the field as reported in the 1964 Wisden's report of the game[12] and then repeated in the records section from 1967 until 2010.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Morris, Chris (25 November 2008). "Mayor sorry for slogan, blames media". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  2. ^ Punjab Governor's XI v Punjab University 1951–52
  3. ^ Oxford University v Warwickshire 1961
  4. ^ Derbyshire v Warwickshire 1967
  5. ^ a b Seconi, Adrian (17 January 2009). "Billy Ibadulla: straight-talking cricket mentor". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  6. ^ Pakistan v Australia 1964–65
  7. ^
  8. ^ Omar Noman, Pride and Passion: An Exhilarating Half Century of Cricket in Pakistan, OUP, Karachi, 1998, p. 117.
  9. ^ Otago v Pakistanis 1964–65
  10. ^ Wisden 1968, p. 321.
  11. ^ Warwickshire v Hampshire
  12. ^ Wisden 1964, p. 588.

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