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Full name Qamar Ahmed
Born October 23, 1937, Mughal Serai
Current age 77 years 156 days
Major teams Hyderabad (Pakistan), Sind
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|First-class span||1956/57 - 1962/63|
As a left-arm spinner, Qamar Ahmed lacked nothing for quality. He made a name for himself in the mid-fifties, pushing for a spot in the national side and holds the rare distinction of having dismissed all the brothers of the famous Mohammad family. Hanif, Sadiq and Mushtaq were dismissed, in fact, on their debuts.
But it is as a freelance cricket writer and broadcaster that he has really made his name. By the end of the 2006 Test series between Pakistan and the West Indies, Qamar had covered 348 Tests, over 600 ODIs and every single World Cup. He has covered Tests and ODIs for all the leading English newspapers, has contributed to dailies and magazines around the world and has worked for Reuters and AFP. Additionally, he has also worked for various TV channels and radio stations as a commentator, and worked for TVNZ during the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
He has written and worked on a number of books, including 'Pakistan Book of Cricket' (annual from 1976 to 1998-99), 'Testing Times', 'Showdown', 'Golden Greats of Pakistan Cricket' and collaborated with Hanif Mohammad and Waqar Hasan on their autobiographies.
He does not cover ODIs anymore, he says, but is a presence in press boxes around the world, a noted raconteur of some of cricket's funnier tales. He completed 400 Tests as a reporter during the third Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah in January 2014.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.