Pakistan news January 16, 2014

Qamar Ahmed's special quadruple

Freelance cricket writer and commentator Qamar Ahmed completes his 400th Test as a reporter, at which point he has been to 19% of all Tests every played

Moin Khan presents Qamar Ahmed with a memento © AFP

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."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Rufus_Fuddleduck on January 17, 2014, 8:28 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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 :)

  • 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!

  • dummy4fb on January 16, 2014, 17:31 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb on January 16, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    Truly a MILESTONE for Qamar Sir....

  • swarzi on January 16, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Congratulations Qamar on all your achievements!

  • dummy4fb 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.