Waqar Hasan

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Waqar Hasan
وقارحسن
Personal information
Full name Waqar Hasan
Born (1932-09-12) 12 September 1932 (age 85)
Amritsar, Punjab, British India
(now India)
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm bowler
Relations Pervez Sajjad (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 11) 16 October 1952 v India
Last Test 21 November 1959 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 21 99
Runs scored 1071 4741
Batting average 31.50 35.64
100s/50s 1/6 8/27
Top score 189 201*
Balls bowled 6
Wickets 2
Bowling average 86.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/9
Catches/stumpings 10/– 47/–
Source: CricketArchive, 10 March 2013

Waqar Hasan (Urdu: وقارحسن‎; born 12 September 1932, Amritsar) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played in 21 Tests from 1952 to 1959.

Cricket career[edit]

An "attractive stroke-making right-handed batsman, who was ideal in a crisis",[1] Waqar Hasan played in Pakistan's first 18 Tests, including its first five victories.

In Pakistan's first Test series, against India in 1952–53, he was the highest scorer on either side, with 357 runs at an average of 44.62, playing several defiant innings when Pakistan were in trouble.[2] He was less successful on the 1954 tour of England, with 103 runs at 14.71, but impressed with his fielding in the covers.[3]

He scored his only Test century against New Zealand in 1955–56 at Lahore, when he made 189 in 430 minutes, adding 309 for the seventh wicket with Imtiaz Ahmed after the score had been 111 for 6.[4] His 189 set a new record for Pakistan's highest Test score which lasted only until Ahmed (who made 209) overtook it the next day.[5] Hasan played five more Tests without reaching 50.[6]

He played first-class cricket in Pakistan from 1949 to 1966, with a highest score of 201 not out for L. W. Cannon's XI against Hasan Mahmood's XI in 1953–54.[7] He captained Karachi Blues to victory in the final of the 1963–64 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy[8] and in his last first-class match he captained them to victory in the 1964–65 competition.[9]

Later life[edit]

In 1954 he joined the Pakistan Public Works Department, but in the 1960s he went into business.[10] He became Corporate Director of National Foods Limited, one of Pakistan's largest food companies.[11] In 2002, with the assistance of the cricket journalist Qamar Ahmed, he wrote For Cricket and Country: An Autobiography.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christopher Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers, Rigby, Adelaide, 1983, p. 479.
  2. ^ Wisden 1953, pp. 872–83.
  3. ^ Wisden 1955, pp. 215–19.
  4. ^ "Pakistan v New Zealand, Lahore 1955–56". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Don Neely & Richard Payne, Men in White: The History of New Zealand International Cricket, 1894–1985, Moa, Auckland, 1986, pp. 240–41.
  6. ^ "Waqar Hasan, Test batting by season". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hasan Mahmood's XI v L. W. Cannon's XI, 1953–54". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Karachi Blues v Karachi Whites, 1963–64". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Karachi Blues v Lahore Greens, 1964–65". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  10. ^ Chaudhry, Ijaz. "Pakistan's first tour of India was my most memorable". Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "KalPoint Personality of the Week". KalPoint. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Peter Oborne, Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan, Simon & Schuster, London, 2014, p. 563.

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