Full name Afaq Hussain
Born December 31, 1939, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died February 25, 2002, Karachi, Sind (aged 62 years 56 days)
Major teams Pakistan, Karachi, Karachi University, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Universities, Public Works Department
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Pakistan v England at Lahore, Oct 21-26, 1961 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v Pakistan at Melbourne, Dec 4-8, 1964 scorecard|
|First-class span||1957/58 - 1973/74|
Afaq Hussain died in Karachi on February 25, 2002, aged 62. A glance at his firstclass record suggests that this quickish off-spinner might have played more than two Tests. In 67 games between 1957-58 and 1973-74, he took ten wickets in a match five times. However, competition was fierce among the twirly merchants at a time when Pakistan's faster bowlers were beginning to carry an equal share of the workload. In England in 1962 Afaq went weeks without a game, playing six first-class matches out of 29 and taking only 13 wickets at 43.61, and in Australia and New Zealand in 1964- 65 he played only five games out of 14 - though one was the Test at Melbourne, where he failed to take a wicket. In fact, his only Test victim was Ted Dexter in 1961-62, out hit wicket at Lahore in his first Test as England captain. Afaq had won his Test place with six for 89 for the Governor's XI against MCC on a mud-caked pitch, bare of grass, at Lyallpur. He could bat, too, as he showed with 33 not out in the Lahore Test. In the next season's Quaid-e-Azam final, going in at No. 11 for Karachi A against Karachi B, he made 87 and put on the first three-figure stand for the last wicket in Pakistan with Wallis Mathias. Afaq toured England again in 1963 with the PIAsponsored Pakistan Eaglets and played most of his later first-class cricket for PIA. In all, he took 214 wickets at 19.42, including best figures of eight for 108 for Karachi University against Railways-Quetta in 1960-61, and scored 1,448 runs at 24.54. His one century was 122 not out in 1969-70 for PIA against Lahore Blues at the Bagh-e- Jinnah in Lahore. He held 52 catches.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2003
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