Saeed Ahmed (cricketer)

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Saeed Ahmed
Personal information
Full nameSaeed Ahmed
Born (1937-10-01) 1 October 1937 (age 82)
Jalandhar, Punjab, British India
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
RelationsYounis Ahmed (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 27)17 January 1958 v West Indies
Last Test29 December 1972 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 41 213
Runs scored 2,991 12,847
Batting average 40.41 40.02
100s/50s 5/16 34/51
Top score 172 203*
Balls bowled 1,980 18,879
Wickets 22 332
Bowling average 36.45 24.75
5 wickets in innings 0 15
10 wickets in match 0 2
Best bowling 4/64 8/41
Catches/stumpings 13/– 122/–
Source: Cricinfo, 13 June 2016
Pride of Performance Award Recipient
Date1962
CountryIslamic Republic of Pakistan
Presented byIslamic Republic of Pakistan

Saeed Ahmed (Urdu: سعید احمد‎), (born 1 October 1937) is a Pakistani preacher and former cricketer who is the member of Tablighi Jamaat. He played in 41 Test matches between 1958 and 1972. He was born in 1937 at Jalandhar in what was then British Punjab, part of British India and educated at Islamia College in Lahore. He played as a right-handed middle order batsman with a powerful drive and bowled off-breaks. He is the brother of Younis Ahmed.

Saeed made his Test début on 17 January 1958 against the West Indies at Bridgetown. He made 65 in the second innings, at one stage partnering Hanif Mohammad who went on to make 337. Saeed finished the series with 508 runs. He went on to captain his side in three drawn Tests in 1968–69 but his career ended in controversial circumstances when he declared himself unfit for the third Test against Australia[when?] due to what he claimed was a back injury. In the previous Test he had been involved in a heated altercation with Dennis Lillee and the Pakistan management was sceptical about his injury. As a result Said was sent home for "indiscipline".[citation needed] He finished his career with five Test hundreds, making over 150 runs in three of them.

Later, he was life banned to play cricket for Pakistan when he toured South Africa without permission in the Apartheid era.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married renowned businesswoman Begum Salma Ahmed, a relative of Pakistani diplomat Shahryar Khan, and became involved in the business.[2] In 1980, he left the cricket and business career and joined Tablighi Jamaat as a preacher.[2] His sister, Shagufta, married Pakistani cricketer Sarfaraz Nawaz for a brief time.[2]

Records[edit]

  • Fastest Pakistani Cricketer to reach 1,000 test runs (20 innings).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saeed Ahmed gets Pride of Performance award
  2. ^ a b c d "The Twenty Two Families of Pakistan Test Cricket – Part III | Sports | thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk.
  3. ^ "Records / Test matches / Batting records / Fastest to 1000 runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 March 2018.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Hanif Mohammad
Pakistan Cricket Captain
1968–1969
Succeeded by
Intikhab Alam
Preceded by
Des Hoare
Nelson Cricket Club
Professional

1965–1966
Succeeded by
Neil Hawke