Full name Salahuddin Mulla
Born February 14, 1947, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
Current age 69 years 294 days
Major teams Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan International Airlines
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - Shahabuddin
|Test debut||Pakistan v New Zealand at Rawalpindi, Mar 27-30, 1965 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v New Zealand at Lahore, Oct 30-Nov 2, 1969 scorecard|
|First-class span||1964/65 - 1979/80|
|List A span||1974/75 - 1976/77|
Hailing from the port city of Karachi, Salahuddin made his Test debut after only six first-class matches at the age of 18. He was a stylish right-hand batsman with a flamboyant on drive. He also contributed to the bowling attack with his slow offbreaks. He had a short career, not living up to expectations in international scene, but continued to score heavily in domestic cricket and forged a successful club career in Scotland, which became eventually a home away from home. He made one tour - to England in 1967 - but didn't play in any of the Tests. He achieved more fame after he retired as a player, as a selector. From 1980 onwards, he was a member of nine different selection committees and was twice chief selector as well. Most recently, he took over from Wasim Bari after the 2007 World Cup, at a tricky time for Pakistan cricket. He stepped down in August 2008, however, after an administration change. He also overlooked selection for Karachi during their most successful period in the mid-80s. A boisterous, amiable man, Sallu - as he is affectionately known to nearly everyone - remains a popular figure on the cricket scene, always at the ready with a witty quip, an astute cricket observation and some poetry.
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