Mohammad Ilyas      

Full name Mohammad Ilyas Mahmood

Born March 19, 1946, Lahore, Punjab

Current age 72 years 239 days

Major teams Pakistan, International Wanderers, Lahore, Pakistan International Airlines, Punjab University

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Relation Son-in-law - Imran Farhat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 10 19 0 441 126 23.21 1 2 2 6 0
First-class 82 139 10 4607 154 35.71 12 13 48 0
List A 2 2 0 22 17 11.00 0 0 1 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 10 5 84 63 0 - - - 4.50 - 0 0 0
First-class 82 3023 1643 53 6/66 31.00 3.26 57.0 3 0
List A 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v Pakistan at Melbourne, Dec 4-8, 1964 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v England at Dhaka, Feb 28-Mar 3, 1969 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1961/62 - 1975/76
List A span 1967 - 1975/76

Mohammad Ilyas was an opening batsman and googly bowler who played ten Tests for Pakistan in the 1960s, only showing glimpses of being of international quality. He was called up for the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1964-65 despite showing solid rather than spectacular domestic form, and although a middle-order batsman, he was converted to an opener. In the warm-up match against Queensland he made 46 and 115 and that was enough to win him his debut in the one-off Test against Australia. He made 6 and 3, but bounced back with a career-best 154 against South Australia. He retained his place for the three Tests in New Zealand, dropping into the middle order for the second and third with some success. Restored as opener for the return tour later that season, he made 56 in the first Test and then 126, his only Test hundred, as Pakistan won the third match, being stumped as he went for the winning hit - he hit four consecutive fours when in the nervous nineties. Pakistan had to wait two years before they played again and in that time Ilyas did little, but retained his place for the England tour. He struggled with the conditions as well as a foot injury and only played in the last Test where he failed. He played twice when England toured in 1968-69 making 42 runs in four innings. Early on his second tour to Australia he was struck in the face and he was also accused of indiscipline. Rather than fly home, he applied for Australian citizenship and ended the season playing grade cricket for Waverley in Sydney. He made his last appearance in Pakistan in the BCCP Trophy final in 1971-72 when he helped PIA to victory.
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