January 16, 2014

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Qamar Ahmed's special quadruple

Andrew Fidel Fernando
Moin Khan presents Qamar Ahmed with a memento  © AFP
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Sunil Gavaskar's 10,000th run, Richard Hadlee's 400th wicket, Anil Kumble's cleansweep, cricket's 1000th Test in 1984 and its 2000th in 2011 - Qamar Ahmed; has seen them all. The Sharjah Test; between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is his 400th as a reporter, and he has been present at 19% of all Tests played to date.

His favourite is Gavaskar's last innings, a 96 in a losing cause against Pakistan in Bangalore, memorable because even spinners had the ball rearing chest-high on a poor pitch. Michael Holding's furious 14-wicket haul at The Oval in 1976 is Qamar's bowling equivalent.

A first-class left-arm spinner in Pakistan in his youth, Qamar was based out of the UK for most of his reporting career. In addition to having written extensively in English, Urdu and Hindi, he has also been a broadcaster for Test Match Special, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Television New Zealand, among others.

The press in Sharjah missed the chance to perform a guard of honour with their laptops, but the PCB and Pakistan team presented Qamar with mementoes and two signed Test shirts, wishing him many more matches in the press box. It is a sentiment Qamar agrees with heartily - he said: "I am not retiring as long as I'm on my feet."

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Posted by Rufus_Fuddleduck on (January 17, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

Many congratulations. The institution of cricket coverage can do with more like you.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2014, 4:53 GMT)

Lovely gesture by PCB and Pak team to a quite hard working journalists. i remember his opinions about cricket matches on radio in late 80's when i was in class 3 or 4 :)

Posted by CricketChat on (January 16, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

Many congratulations Qamar Ahmed bhai! Your devotion to this game will not be lost on all true lovers and followers of game for generations to come! Wish you heartily that you can continue to cover this great sport as long as you live!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

well done, qamar bahi.i hope to see you soon in manchester.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

Truly a MILESTONE for Qamar Sir....

Posted by swarzi on (January 16, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

Congratulations Qamar on all your achievements!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:22 GMT)

Qamar Bhai is an icon. A gem of a man, a cricketing institution, a fountain of knowledge and wisdom, a rarefied dinner companion, an unforgiving critic, a master of the acerbic barb, Pakistan's quintessential contribution to the literati of cricket.

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