Wallis Mathias      

Full name Wallis Mathias

Born February 4, 1935, Karachi, Sind

Died September 1, 1994, Karachi, Sind (aged 59 years 209 days)

Major teams Pakistan, Karachi, National Bank of Pakistan, Sind

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Wallis Mathias
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 21 36 3 783 77 23.72 0 3 0 22 0
First-class 146 206 37 7520 278* 44.49 16 41 130 0
List A 1 1 1 51 51* - 0 1 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 21 1 24 20 0 - - - 5.00 - 0 0 0
First-class 146 1090 532 13 2/4 40.92 2.92 83.8 0 0
List A 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut Pakistan v New Zealand at Dhaka, Nov 7-12, 1955 scorecard
Last Test England v Pakistan at The Oval, Aug 16-20, 1962 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1953-1977
List A span 1974-1975
Profile

Wisden Obituary
Wallis Mathias, who died on September 1, 1994, after a brain haemorrhage, aged 59, was the first non-Muslim to play for Pakistan. He made his debut in November 1955 as a 20-year-old and played in 21 Tests over the next seven years. His greatest merit was his fielding; he was the safe pair of hands in the slips that Pakistan's strong medium-pace attack of that era desperately wanted. He had exceptional reflexes and, though he took some spectacular catches, his great skill was to make hard chances look simple. He was also a middle-order batsman whose figures did not do justice to the usefulness of his runs: he scored 783 runs in Tests at 23.72, but regularly played critical little innings. The 64 and 45 he scored in Pakistan's win over West Indies at Dacca in 1958-59 made him easily the most successful batsman in a low-scoring game; a year earlier he had scored 73 and 77 in successive Tests in the Caribbean. He played three Tests in England in 1962, but the following year he suffered a finger injury in the nets which left him with a slight deformity that restricted his brilliant catching. He continued in domestic cricket and scored 278 not out for Karachi Blues against Railway Greens in 1965-66. In 1969-70 he became National Bank's first captain and played on until 1975-76 before becoming coach, selector and manager. In 146 first-class matches he made 7,520 runs, average 44.49, including 16 centuries. He held 130 catches, 22 in Tests. He was a popular captain and a much respected man.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

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Country Fixtures Country Results
1st Test: Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC) - Oct 22-26
Pakistan 454 & 286/2d Australia 303 & 59/4
Group II: Falcons v State B of P at Abbottabad - Oct 24-27
Falcons 219 State B of P 213/6
Group II: Wolves v Habib Bank at Faisalabad - Oct 24-27
Habib Bank 332 Wolves 166 & 10/1 (f/o)
Leopards v National Bnk at Islamabad - Oct 24-27
National Bnk 96/3
K Dolphins v ZTBL at Karachi - Oct 24-27
K Dolphins 222 & 217/2 ZTBL 118
Group I: Zebras v Khan RL at Karachi - Oct 24-27
Zebras 83 & 175/3 Khan RL 268
Group I: L Eagles v PIA at Lahore - Oct 24-27
L Eagles 206 PIA 239/9
Lahore Lions v Sui Gas at Lahore - Oct 24-27
Lahore Lions 232 Sui Gas 318/5
Tigers v WAPDA at Multan - Oct 24-27
WAPDA 185 Tigers 279/9
P Panthers v United Bank at Peshawar - Oct 24-27
P Panthers 98 United Bank 315/5
Group I: Quetta Bears v Pakistan TV at Islamabad - Oct 24-27
Quetta Bears 194 Pakistan TV 88/2
R Rams v Port Qasim A at Rawalpindi
Oct 24-27, 2014 (10:00 local | 05:00 GMT | 01:00 EDT | 00:00 CDT | 22:00 PDT)
Group II: S Stallions v Sui Sthn Gas at Sialkot - Oct 24-27
Sui Sthn Gas 210 & 261/3 S Stallions 81
3rd unofficial ODI: U.A.E. v Pakistan A at Dubai (CA) - Oct 25
Pakistan A won by 54 runs
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