|Full name||Syed Zaheer Abbas|
|Born||24 July 1947|
Sialkot, Punjab, British India
|Test debut (cap 63)||24 October 1969 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||27 October 1985 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 13)||31 August 1974 v England|
|Last ODI||3 November 1985 v Sri Lanka|
Source: CricketArchive, 6 November 2005
Syed Zaheer Abbas Kirmani (in Punjabi and Urdu: سید ظہیر عباس کرمانی; born 24 July 1947), popularly known as Zaheer Abbas, is a former Pakistani cricketer. He is among few professional cricketers who used to wear spectacles. In 1982/1983, he became the first batsman to score three consecutive centuries in one-day internationals.. Known as the Asian Bradman, Zaheer Abbas is regarded as one of the finest batsmen in the history of cricket.
Abbas made his Test match debut in 1969, and in his second Test he scored 274 against England, still the fourth ever highest score by a Pakistani batsman. This was the first of four Test double-centuries that Abbas made; only two men from Pakistan (Younis Khan & Javed Miandad) have scored more. The last was an innings of 215 against India in 1983, the first of three centuries in consecutive Tests, and his hundredth first-class century; Abbas and Geoffrey Boycott are the only two batsmen to have scored their hundredth first-class century in a Test match.
Abbas, fondly called the "Run Machine", also had great success in first-class cricket, and was the first Asian batsman to score one hundred first-class centuries. He had a long stint with Gloucestershire county club; joining the county in 1972, he remained there for thirteen years. During that time he scored over a thousand runs in the majority of his thirteen seasons. He also made over two thousand runs in a single season on two occasions for the club (1976 and 1981). During those thirteen years at Gloucestershire, he played 206 first-class games, scoring over 16,000 runs. He averaged 49.79, hitting 49 hundreds and 76 fifties. Abbas is the only player to have scored a century and double century in a first-class match 4 times, finishing each of the 8 innings not out.
Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian Test captain, once said while commentating that the Indian players would often say to Zaheer, "Zaheer Ab-bas karo", which means "Zaheer, stop it now" in Urdu and Hindi, referring to Abbas' free scoring.
Abbas had two stints as captain of the national team in 1981 and 1984. He retired from international cricket in 1985, and has officiated as a match referee in one Test and three ODI matches. He has also worked as the manager of the national team. In 2015 he became ICC president, the third cricketer after Colin Cowdrey and Clyde Walcott, to hold the post.
Zaheer Abbas holds the record for scoring the most number of runs by any batsman in a 4 match ODI series (346 runs) in 1982.
|Zaheer Abbas's Test Centuries|
|2.||240||15||England||London, England||The Oval||1974|
|3.||101||21||Australia||Adelaide, Australia||Adelaide Oval||1976|
|4.||176||27||India||Faislabad, Pakistan||Iqbal Stadium||1978|
|5.||235*||28||India||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1978|
|6.||135||31||New Zealand||Auckland, New Zealand||Eden Park||1979|
|7.||134||46||Sri Lanka||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1982|
|8.||126||51||Australia||Faislabad, Pakistan||Iqbal Stadium||1982|
|9.||215||53||India||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1982|
|10.||186||54||India||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||1982|
|11.||168||55||India||Faislabad, Pakistan||Iqbal Stadium||1983|
|12.||168*||70||India||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1984|
One Day International centuries
|Zaheer Abbas's One Day International Centuries|
|1.||108||20||Australia||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||1981|
|2.||123||26||Sri Lanka||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1982|
|3.||109||31||Australia||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1982|
|4.||118||34||India||Multan, Pakistan||Multan Cricket Stadium||1982|
|5.||105||35||India||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1982|
|6.||113||36||India||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||1983|
|7.||103*||42||New Zealand||Nottingham, England||Trent Bridge||1983|
One-Day International Cricket
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||Sri Lanka||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||14 June 1975||97 (89 balls, 10x4, 1x6); 2 Ct.||Pakistan won by 192 runs.|
|2||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||9 January 1982||84 (113 balls)||Pakistan won by 25 runs.|
|3||Australia||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||8 October 1982||109 (95 balls: 12x4, 2x6) ; 2–0–12–0||Pakistan won by 28 runs.|
|4||India||Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium, Multan||17 December 1982||118 (86 balls: 10x4, 4x6) ; 4–0–33–2||Pakistan won by 37 runs.|
|5||India||National Stadium, Karachi||21 January 1983||DNB ; 113 (99 balls: 11x4, 3x6)||Pakistan won by 8 wickets.|
|6||England||Lord's, London||13 June 1983||83 (104 balls: 7x4, 1x6) ; DNB||England won by 8 wickets.|
|7||England||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||9 March 1984||DNB ; 59* (37 balls: 6x4)||Pakistan won by 6 wickets.|
|8||New Zealand||Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium, Multan||7 December 1984||6–0–35–1 ; 73 (62 balls: 9x4)||Pakistan won by 1 wicket.|
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